Cornell 6, Rider University 5
George Mason 13, Rider University 4
George Mason Patriot Classic
FAIRFAX, Va.--The Rider University softball team lost twice on Sunday in the final day of the Patriot Classic, hosted by George Mason University.
The Broncs (1-8) lost to Cornell 6-5 and George Mason 13-4.
"We played Cornell tough," said head coach Tricia Carroll. "We gave them a few unnecessary runs."
Sophomore Allysen Breeden (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) had four RBIs in the double header including a home run in the second game to lead Rider. Breeden has reached base safely in eight straight games.
For the Broncs in game one, Cornell (2-1) used a pair of RBI singles to take the early 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Rider scored three runs in the top of the second inning to take the lead. With bases loaded, junior Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden/New Rochelle) reached on fielder's choice, scoring sophomore Amanda Irving (Westminster, Md./Westminster). Breeden followed with a two-run single up the middle to give the Broncs a 3-2 advantage. Washington had four hits on the day and now has 95 career hits.
The Big Red came back in the third frame, scoring on a sacrifice and a RBI single to regain the lead 4-3.
After a scoreless fourth inning, a RBI single gave Cornell the 5-3 lead in the fifth inning.
The Broncs trimmed Cornell's lead back to one in the sixth on a double steal. Senior Alyssa Paul (Toms River/Toms River HS East) was hit by a pitch and stole second, and Washington made it home safely to make the score 5-4. The Big Red came right back with a home run in the bottom of the sixth down the right field line to regain the two-run lead at 6-4.
A RBI single by freshman Kim Valdes (Jupiter, Fla./Kings Academy) down the left field line plated Irving and made the score 6-5, but Rider fell short in its comeback effort. Cornell defeated Rider on Saturday 9-1.
"Kim's pinch hit was a big play," Carroll said.
Red-shirt freshman Krista Morrone (Pipersville, Pa./Palisades) picked up the loss, scattering 15 hits with one strikeout in the complete game effort.
In the second game, George Mason scored three runs in both the first and second inning to take early command and defeat the Broncs.
George Mason used a RBI double and a two-run homer to open up a 3-0 lead in the first inning. In the second inning, a Rider error, four hits and an infield sacrifice gave Mason a six-run lead..
The Patriots used a squeeze play to score a run in the third inning and increase their lead to 7-0.
In the fourth inning, GMU scored six runs on a two-run single, a pair of RBI singles and a fielder's choice to go ahead 13-0.
Rider scored two runs in the fourth and fifth inning. In the fourth, a two run double by freshman Samantha Judd (Thousand Oaks, Calif./West Lake) trimmed the Mason lead to 13-2.
In the fifth inning, the two-run homer by Breeden to leftfield made the score 13-4. The Patriots defeated Rider 7-4 on Friday.
"Ally's home run was the first of the season and I'm sure there are more to come," said Carroll. "That home run was big time."
The reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, Breeden's home run was the fourth of her career.
Freshman Montana Berg (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) went four innings, allowing 13 runs, all earned, scattering 15 hits and she recorded one strikeout.
"With all freshmen pitching this season, the arms are going to be a work in progress," Carroll added.
The Broncs travel to Philadelphia to play Drexel in doubleheader Tuesday, March 5.
"I know we didn't have a lot of hits," Carroll said about the tournament. "But we really had some good at-bats that resulted in a lot of walks. How we get runners on base doesn't matter to us. We are asking a young squad to step up and play big and it will come."
Rider's 2013 home opener is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 vs. Columbia at Herb and Joan Young Field on the Lawrenceville campus.