How it Happened
Rhode Island (11-32, 8-14 Atlantic 10) could not get its offense going as it dropped the opener of Sunday's doubleheader at George Washington, 5-1.
Pitchers Kaitlin Buff and Ashley Pilcher combined to limit Rhode Island to just two hits. Buff (7-6) pitched the first 4.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits. Pilcher earned her first save of the season by blanking Rhody over the final
George Washington (27-24, 10-12 A-10) scored first in the bottom of the second on a double to the gap in right center by Elena Shelepak. The hit scored Paige Kovolsky all the way from first base. The Colonials later added two more runs when Shelepak scored on an infield single by Jessica Linquist and Gabby Gallone scored on a single down the right field line by Megan Linn.
The Rams finally got on the board in the top of the fourth. Jenna Cubello reached on a one-out single through the left side. With two outs, Erika Yeager lofted a double down the right field line, enabling Cubello to come all the way around to make it 3-1.
The Colonials responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on the corners and two out, Linn took off from second. A miscommunication resulted in the throw to second going into center field, allowing Gallone to come in from third and put George Washington up 4-1. The Colonials added more insurance with a single run in the fifth to extend the advantage to 5-1.
Inside the Box Score
- Freshman Erika Yeager doubled and drove in one run. The double extended her career-long hitting streak to five games.
- Senior Jenna Cubello singled and scored one run.
- Senior Danielle Gariglio had a single.
- With her assist in the sixth inning on a ground ball out, Cubello moved into fourth place on Rhode Island's all-time list with her 257th career assist. She passed Christine Gentile (2005-08).
- Junior Bri Castro and senior Marylynn Muldowney each walked once.
Stat of the Game
16 – Of the 21 outs recorded by George Washington pitching, 16 were either fly outs or pop ups. At least two outs in every inning for the Rams came through the air.