George Mason 7 Rider 4
George Mason University 7, Rider University 4
Patriot Classic - Day One
FAIRFAX, Va.--Despite a four run seventh inning, the Rider University softball team lost to host George Mason University 7-4 on day one of the Patriot Classic.
"It took us a few innings to adjust again to live pitching said head coach Tricia Carroll about the team's 18-day layoff. "We did load the bases early on walks and a hit batsman but couldn't score."
GMU (3-4) scored twice in the first inning without the benefit of a hit, using a Rider error, sacrifice and RBI groundout for the early lead.
The Patriots hit an RBI single and a two-run double to score three times in the third inning, all with two outs and GMU led 5-0 after three innings.
Two RBI singles with one out in the fifth inning gave George Mason a 7-0 lead.
Rider (1-4) would not go down without a fight, stringing together four hits in the seventh inning, including an RBI single from freshman Dana Sensi (Allentown), a two-run double to center field from senior Alyssa Paul (Toms River/Toms River HS East) and sophomore Allysen Breeden (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) hit an RBI groundout for the final score.
"I'm pleased with the fight we showed throughout the game," Carroll said. "We had some big bats and once they get going, we are going to have a dangerous lineup. The energy was good throughout the game."
Paul had two of Rider's nine hits in the game and has 97 hits in her Rider career.
Sensi opened her collegiate career at East Carolina's Hampton Inn Pirate Classic, batting .545 with six hits in her first 11 at-bats and she was one for four with a run scored and RBI on the day.
Also for the Broncs, junior Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden/New Rochelle) had her 90th career hit and scored a run.
Red-shirt freshman Krista Marrone (Pipersville, Pa./Palisades) pitched a complete game, recording one strikeout and scattering 14 hits.
The Broncs stay in Virginia to play Cornell and Rutgers on Saturday.
"I think everyone is excited to go right back out there and play again on Saturday," Carroll said. "Both Cornell and Rutgers are big hitting teams and tomorrow will be a good test for us."