|Poplin Propels UNCW To Split With Mason|
FAIRFAX, Virginia – Senior Olivia Poplin was 5-for-10 with three RBI to lead UNCW to a split of its Colonial Athletic Association softball doubleheader with George Mason Saturday at the George Mason Softball Complex.
The Seahawks fell in the opener, 2-1, in 12 innings, but rebounded to take the nightcap from the Patriots by an 8-2 margin.
UNCW moved to 11-17 overall and 1-3 in league with the twinbill split while Mason moved to 8-18 and 1-4. The two teams will complete their three-game series Sunday with a single contest that has been moved to 11 a.m. due to the threat of rain in the region.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second inning of the nightcap, back-to-back run-scoring singles by Poplin and junior Morgan McCann would give the Seahawks a 3-1 lead.
UNCW added a pair of runs in the fourth on a RBI single from junior Kimmie Stewart to build a 5-1 cushion, but Mason would counter with a run of their other own in the bottom half of the frame to make it a 5-2 contest.
A RBI groundout by sophomore Casey Rowland in the fourth helped the Seahawks regain their four-run advantage. UNCW closed out the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh on a RBI double from junior Camry Wagner and a run-scoring single by Poplin to determine the final six-run margin.
Poplin was 3-for-5 with two RBI and Stewart was 4-for-4 with two RBI to pace a Seahawks lineup that tallied 11 hits in the nightcap. Wagner was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Rowland picked up the victory in the circle in game two to even her season mark at 7-7. Rowland allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks. She struck out six.
Junior Lauren McColgan was 2-for-3 to pace the Patriots lineup during game two. Freshman Christina Gabriele was saddled with the loss to move to 2-6 on the campaign. In 2.2 innings of work, Gabriele surrendered five earned runs on five hits and no walks.
Game one served as a pitcher’s duel as the two teams would trade single runs in the fifth before playing six more scoreless innings. The Patriots would finally break the deadlock in the bottom of the 12th, opening the frame with a double from sophomore Cori Prince and a single by junior Tiffany Webb before a wild pitch later in the frame brought home the winning run.
Three players – senior Samantha Barney, sophomore Brooke Blakenship and freshman Casey Price - were all 2-for-5 at the plate for the Patriots in the opener.
Sophomore Anna Blessing was credited with the win in game one for the Patriots to record her first victory of the season. In 12 innings, Blessing allowed one earned run on five hits as she did not issue a walk. She struck out three.
Senior Olivia Poplin was 2-for-5 with a RBI while three players tallied one hit apiece for the Seahawks in the opener. Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt was the tough-luck loser, moving to 4-6 on the season with the extra-innings setback. Schmidt allowed two runs (one earned) on 11 hits and three walks in 11 innings in the circle. She struck out eight.