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River Hawks Conclude Road Trip With George Mason and Georgetown

by Staff

LOWELL, Mass. – The UMass Lowell softball team (2-10) will conclude their road trip this week, as they travel just across the Maryland-Virginia border to compete at George Mason for a doubleheader on March 5, before returning to Maryland to face off against Georgetown on March 6. 

Tuesday, March 5

at George Mason (DH) (1:00 pm)

at George Mason (DH) (3:30 pm)

Wednesday, March 6

At Georgetown (3:00 pm)

Team History

George Mason University – All-time record: N/A | Last meeting: N/A

Georgetown University – All-time record: 1-0 | Last meeting: Mar. 20, 2017 (UML, 14-2)

Last Time Out

UMass Lowell finished last weekend’s Towson DeMarini Invitational with a 1-2 record, defeating Towson in six innings and falling short twice to Providence. The weekend began with a close battle with Providence, in which the River Hawks fell, 3-2, before earning a 1-0 decision against Towson. Saturday’s games against Howard and Towson were canceled due to inclement weather, leaving the lone game on Sunday, in which the team fell in a rematch against Providence, 7-2, to conclude the invitational. 

Several River Hawks collected four hits over the weekend, with sophomore Katelyn Fitzgerald (Ambler, Pa.) going 4-for-9 with five RBI. Senior Morgan Fisher (Glassboro, N.J.) batted 4-for-10 (.400) with a solo home run, three runs, and three RBI, while senior Ellie Frederick (Sunapee, N.H.) also batted 4-for-10 (.400), collecting a double, two runs, and two RBI. Senior Lea White (Meriden, Conn.) recorded four runs and two RBI while riding a five-game hitting streak.

Senior Ryley White (Wareham, Mass.) found her rhythm in the circle over the weekend, appearing in three games with two starts. She threw 10.0 total innings with 18 strikeouts, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs, including a complete game shutout against Towson, where she recorded nine strikeouts and allowed four hits. 

Patience at the Plate

The River Hawks remain disciplined at the plate, leading the conference in walks drawn with 41 total, thus far. Freshman Isabel Quintanilla (Puyallup, Wash.) leads the squad with seven, while junior Trinadey Santiago (Cheshire, Conn.), graduate student Brenna Davenport (Merrimack, N.H.), and freshman Elizabeth Neeld (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) are right behind with five each, respectively. Graduate Student Cayla Tulley (Corona, Calif.), Ellie Frederick and Morgan Fisher also displayed strong discipline, having earned four walks each. 

Too Fast to Catch

Through twelve games this season, the River Hawks have a near-perfect stolen base percentage, going 15-16 thus far. Ellie Frederick leads all players with five stolen bases, followed by Lea White with four and Elizabeth Neeld with two. Four River Hawks have also recorded a stolen base. 

Conference Leaders

The River Hawks have several players who rank highly in conference statistics through the first month of the softball season. Lea White ranks first in the conference in hits (15) and freshman Isabel Quintanilla ranks first in walks drawn (7), while senior Cayla Tulley (Corona, Calif.) is one of four players in America East to record a triple. In the field, Morgan Fisher leads the conference in putouts (67) and runners caught stealing (7).

Scouting the Patriots

George Mason finished last season with a 16-10 conference record, going 35-24 overall to claim fourth place in the A-10 Conference. They would go on to win the A-10 Championship, 6-3, after a 10-inning thriller against Loyola-Chicago. The Patriots currently sit with a 4-7 record, winning two of their last three and their most recent coming against America East rival UMBC, winning 1-0 on February 24.

Entering the 2024 season, George Mason was projected to finish third in the 2024 A-10 Softball Preseason Poll, receiving 66 points and one first-place vote. The reigning conference champions were projected to finish behind Dayton and Loyola-Chicago.

The Patriots return senior infielder Marlaina Bozek and graduate student infielder Rachel Warrens. Bozek earned 2023 A-10 First Team honors after ranking top five on her team in batting average (.307), hits (46), runs (29), and on-base percentage (.833). She also recorded 10 doubles, three triples, and 13 RBI. Warrens led her team and conference in stolen bases (31) and ranked top three on her team in hits (51), runs (36), walks (26) and doubles (14).

The bullpen is led by freshman Kylie Wilkerson and senior Carly Cooper. Wilkerson currently leads her team in ERA (1.54), hits allowed (13), earned runs (3) and opposing batting average (.241). Cooper, who pitched in the 2023 A-10 conference championship game, leads her team in wins (2), complete games (3) and strikeouts (25).

Scouting the Hoyas

Georgetown finished the 2023 season in seventh place in the Big East Conference with a 9-15 conference record and a 16-32 overall record. In 2024, the Hoyas have started this season with a 7-8 record, going on a six-game winning streak from February 11-18. They are currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak after dropping four of their last five games at the Frost Classic. 

Entering his season, Georgetown was projected to finish eighth in the 2024 Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll with 15 points, just ahead of Providence. 

The Hoyas return junior pitcher/first baseman Kayla Dunn. Dunn was the head of the Georgetown rotation, leading her team in ERA (4.71), hits allowed (82), and runs allowed (42). She also made an impact at the plate, recording a .281 batting average with 34 hits, 14 RBI, and 10 runs in 121 at-bats.

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