How it Happened
Freshman Becca Rogers came within one out of a no-hitter as she pitched her first career-complete-game shutout to lead Rhode Island to a 2-0 win at George Mason in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams Saturday.
After walking the first George Mason batter of the game, Rogers (7-3) dominated the rest of the way. She struck out a career-high seven batters and only allowed one ball to the outfield in the first six innings. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, George Mason (11-10, 0-1 A-10) didn't get a hit until Brooke Sullivan singled through the left side. Rhody shortstop Jenna Cubello dove for the ball, but it tipped off her glove to break up the no-hit bid.
Rhode Island (9-10, 1-0 A-10) got on the board first with an unearned run in the top of the third inning. Marylynn Muldowney reached on an error to open the frame and moved to second on a groundout. With two outs, Kylie Shivery delivered a single to drive in Muldowney with the first run of the day.
The Rams added to the lead in the top of the fourth. Lauren Klepchick hit a one-out double. Taylor Archer followed with a single to bring pinch runner Olivia Hendricks around from second to make it 2-0.
Inside the Box Score:
- Kylie Shivery singled three times and drove in her 20th run of the season in the first game. The RBI was her 10th of the season to come with two outs.
- It was the second career three-hit game of Shivery's career.
- Lauren Klepchick doubled for the second straight game.
- Taylor Archer singled and drove in the second run of the game.
- Jenna Cubello singled once.
- Ali Summers singled and walked.
- Rhode Island turned its 11th double play of the season. Jenna Cubello caught a pop up in foul territory, then turned and double the runner off of second base.
- Becca Rogers faced just two batters over the minimum.
Stat of the Game
1 – Rhode Island won its Atlantic 10 opener for the first time since the 2010 season, when it swept a doubleheader against George Washington.
Rhode Island and George Mason play the second game of today's doubleheader at 2 p.m.