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Softball Defeats George Mason, 3-1, in Pitchers’ Duel
Stephanie Weigman allowed just four hits in seven innings.
Weigman and Patriot starter Miranda Cranford each allowed just one hit over the first three innings. But Kelsey Byrd relieved Cranford in the fourth and the Retrievers broke the scoreless tie with a one-out squeeze bunt by junior third baseman Ashley Carver (Swoyersville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West), which plated senior center fielder Lynn Pronobis (Waldorf, Md./McDonough), who had singled to lead off the inning.
George Mason tied it in the top of the fifth with an unearned run when right fielder Samantha Barney reached on an error with one out and eventually scored on a single by center fielder Alyssa See.
The score remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when Pronobis again greeted new Patriot pitcher, Stephanie Maher, with a leadoff single. With one out, junior first baseman Katie Ferguson (North East,
The Patriots threatened in the top of the seventh, getting two on with two outs, but Weigman struck out See to end the game.
Weigman (5-5) allowed just one unearned run on four hits and one walk in the complete game victory. Her 12 strikeouts were a season high. Maher (3-1) took the loss for George Mason after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits in one inning of relief.
Pronobis paced the Retrievers offensively, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three steals. UMBC stole seven bases on the day.
The Retrievers return to action this weekend, when they host the UMBC Spring Classic beginning Friday.