Softball Finally Gets in Win Column

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Softball Finally Gets in Win Column
Heading into CAA play, the George Mason softball team had high expectations with a team full of young talent.

Unfortunately, the team only has 15 players, with two players inactive for the remainder of the season due to injury.

The Patriots entered Saturday's double-header 0-15 in conference play playing a Delaware team who was still in the mix for a post-season appearance.

The Patriots (16-29, 2-15 CAA), behind junior pitcher Becky Anderson, were able to notch their first CAA victory of the 2009 season, defeating the Fightin' Blue Hens 3-1 at George Mason Field.

When asked how she felt when the last out was made in game one, Anderson said, "It felt great! It's been a while since we won at home, and I was so glad to finally get the conference win."

Anderson, a local product from Oakton, Va., allowed just four hits, as she pitched a complete game. She also had two hits, two RBI's and scored a run during the double-header.

During game two of the day, she would reside at first base, but the bats exploded, as Mason put up nine runs in the bottom half of the the first.

"I'm just glad our hitting and defense finally came together," Anderson said.

Delaware (20-18, 6-9 CAA) scored runs late in the contest, but Mason completed the Saturday sweep, with a 10-4 victory, to hurt Delaware's hopes of making the CAA Tournament.

Freshman Miranda Cranford pitched six innings, allowing four runs, three of them earned and gave up seven hits. Anderson came in relief in the seventh to close out the day and give Mason back-to-back victories.

"It feels great to get the wins and [it] shows our team is growing and maturing," Anderson said. "Hopefully we can get some more wins and take the momentum into next year."

The series will come to a close tomorrow, with the Patriots hosting the Hens at 12 p.m. at George Mason Field. It will be senior day at the softball field -- seniors Ali Bryan and Meghan Hill will be honored prior to the first pitch.
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