March 28, 2018
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) went 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run, pair of doubles and three runs batted in to carry Virginia (10-22) past George Mason (10-16) by a 12-9 final on Wednesday (March 28).
Osherow (5-10) matched her performance at the plate with 5 2/3 strong innings in relief to earn the win. The right-hander surrendered two runs, both unearned, while scattering four hits.
The game started with fireworks as both sides lit up the scoreboard in the first inning. George Mason scored three in the top half of the first, chasing Virginia starter Lacy Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) from the circle. The Patriots used a pair of hits, one being a two-run home run to stake a 3-0 lead.
The advantage was short lived, as Virginia responded with four in the bottom half. Three walks set the table before Smith singled home the first run of the evening for the Cavaliers. Olivia Gott (Weston, Fla.) tied the game with her two-run double down the right field line. Pitching in relief, Osherow helped herself by driving in the go-ahead run with a two-out single to center.
Virginia expanded its lead with another four-run inning in the fourth. Osherow doubled to start the frame before Kate Covington (McLean, Va.) and Ashley Jennings (Forest, Va.) followed with singles. Danni Ingraham (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) plated a pair with her single back up the middle and Gott added her third RBI of the night with a single to left. The big inning made it an 8-3 game after four.
George Mason pulled back a pair of unearned runs, as a Virginia error helped the Patriots pull within 8-5 in the fifth. Virginia’s fourth error of the evening gave the Patriots another unearned run in the sixth, trimming the lead down to 8-6. The Hoos committed another error with two outs to bring George Mason within one at 8-7.
The Cavaliers responded with their third, four-run inning of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Three outfield errors helped the Hoos in the frame. Smith picked up her second RBI with a single to center and Osherow capped her stellar evening with a two-run moonshot to left center.
- Osherow finished the night 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI, setting or tying career highs in each category.
- Gott also drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 night with a double.
- Smith made it three Hoos with multi-hit nights, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
- Janelle Zellars worked 1 1/3 innings in relief, allowing four runs, two earned.
Virginia continues its five-game homestand by hosting North Carolina this weekend. The Cavaliers and Tar Heels will play a single game on Friday (March 30) before squaring off in a doubleheader on Saturday (March 31). Saturday is also Together We Fight Cancer Day at The Park.