How It Happened
Rhode Island (6-19, 2-1 Atlantic 10) took advantage of shoddy George Mason defense to outlast the Patriots 6-4 Sunday in the rubber game of the three-game series.
With two outs in the top of the 11th inning, Adriana Toro and Erica Robles reached on back-to-back errors. Kylie Shivery then came through with a two-run triple to right center field to put the Rams in front.
Rhode Island got the game to extra innings in large part due to more errors for George Mason, which committed six on the day. Trailing 4-1 heading into the seventh inning, the Rams got a leadoff single from pinch hitter Abigail Bates. With two outs, Abby Fenbert reached on an error to put two runners on base. Toro singled to load the bases for Robles, who reached on the second George Mason error of the frame, allowing Rhody's first run of the inning. Shivery followed with a two-run double to tie the game and set up extra innings.
With the victory, Rhode Island has now won four of its last five games.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Julia Waraksy (2-0) picked up her second win in as many outings, pitching 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. In her last two appearances, Waraksy has pitched 7.0 innings, allowing just two hits and zero runs.
- Junior Becca Rogers offered another strong start in the circle, allowing just two earned runs in 7.1 innings of work. Rogers struck out seven batters.
- Senior Kylie Shivery tripled, doubled, singled and drove in four runs. She also extended her hitting streak to eight games.
- With the four RBI, Shivery became just the third player in program history to reach 100 for her career. Only Kellie Cookus (106 from 1996-98) and Melissa Wilson (101 from 2007-10) have more than Shivery, who now has exactly 100.
- Junior Adriana Toro doubled, singled twice and scored three runs.
- Sophomore Erica Robles singled twice and drove in one run, extending her hitting streak to six games in the process.
- Freshman Abigail Bates appeared as a pinch hitter and had a single.
- Senior Paige Julich had one single.
- Freshman Abby Fenbert and senior Rachel Kuhlman each scored one run.
- Rhode Island turned a rare triple play in the bottom of the sixth inning. The first two George Mason runners reached and moved into scoring position following a double steal. The third batter of the inning lofted a ball to right field that was caught by Paige Julich. She threw to shortstop Melanie Martire to double off the runner at second, and Martire threw home to get the runner trying to tag and score from third base.
Stat of the Day
100 – Senior Kylie Shivery now has 100 career RBI, becoming just the third Ram ever to reach the mark.
Rhode Island is off until Friday, March 30 when it starts a three-game series at La Salle. First pitch will be at 3 p.m.