Rams Blank George Mason, 1-0, to Take Series

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

How It Happened                                      
Riley Kernan 6.2 shutout innings and Faith Musselwhite's solo home run provided the only scoring as Rhode Island took the rubber game of its series with George Mason, 1-0, Sunday afternoon.

Rhode Island (13-18, 2-5 Atlantic 10) broke the scoreless tie with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Musselwhite launched a high fly ball that stayed just inside the left field foul pole.

George Mason (13-19, 3-6 A-10) managed to put the potential go-ahead run in scoring position in the top of the seventh. Marissa Butts drew a one-out walk and moved to third with two outs when Meghan Graham singled to left center. Graham advanced to second on the throw. However, Julia Waraksy came on to get the final out, inducing a grounder to shortstop to end the game.

The Patriots had strong scoring chances in the fourth and sixth innings as well. In the fourth, George Mason loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the fourth inning, but Kernan struck out pinch hitter E.J. Bankson looking to end the threat. The Patriots again had a chance in the sixth, but could not capitalize. Sydnee Wells walked and moved to second on a groundout. Wells took third on a wild pitch, but a pair of groundouts ended the frame.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Riley Kernan (2-6) and senior Julia Waraksy combined on the shutout, Rhode Island's sixth of the season. It is the most shutouts for the team since the Rams had seven in 2004.
  • Waraksy picked up her third save of the season, tying the single-season program mark. She also extended her own URI record with her sixth career save.
  • All three games in the series were decided by one run. Rhode Island has played five straight one-run games.
  • During the series, Rhode Island's pitcher's combined for a 0.61 earned run average, giving up just tow earned runs over 23.0 innings. The pitchers held George Mason to a .200 batting average over the three games.
  • Freshman Faith Musselwhite had a solo home run and a single.
  • Rhode Island has 22 home runs, the fifth most in a season in team history. With 17 games left in the regular season, the Rams are 10 away from the record 32 hit in 2010.
  • Senior Rebecca Simms had a single. 

What's Next
Rhode Island plays a single game at in-state rival Bryant on Wednesday, April 10. Game time is 3:30 p.m.