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The Blue & Gray Press | August 23, 2019

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Softball Drops Two At Lynchburg

The University of Mary Washington’s women’s softball team lost both games of a double-header on Saturday at Lynchburg College. The Eagles were blown out 12-0 in the first game but were only narrowly defeated 1-0 in the second game.

The Hornets got on the board first in the opening game with an RBI single by freshman designated hitter Jenny Carroll. Lynchburg senior third baseman Rachel Gallagher added another run to the Hornets lead with an RBI double later in the inning.

UMW got a leadoff single from sophomore outfielder Amanda Adams in the second, but the Eagles couldn’t drive her home to get on the board. In the home half of the second, Lynchburg exploded for seven runs to sufficiently end the game. The Hornets added three more runs in the shortened five-inning game to get the win over the Eagles, 12-0.

Mary Washington struggled in all facets of the opening game, as they gave up 12 runs, didn’t get a run on the scoreboard themselves, and had three errors to boot. Adams and sophomore pitcher Elizabeth Crowe led the quiet offense as Adams went 2-2 and Crowe went 1-1 while adding a couple of walks in the defeat.

However, Crowe’s pitching performance was far less impressive, as she was hammered for nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits in 1.2 innings of work.

Meanwhile, everyone was involved in the offensive onslaught for Lynchburg, as eight of their nine starters got at least one hit. Carroll and Gallagher led the way, as the two combined to go 5-6 with three runs scored and eight RBI.

The Eagles turned it around in the second game of the doubleheader and put up a much tougher fight, with freshman Annie Blaine pitching a marvelous six innings. Blaine allowed just one run on three hits and one walk while tallying five strikeouts in her six innings outing.

“Annie did a phenomenal job of staying tough in the game,” Crowe said. “We had a huge turnaround.”

Unfortunately for Blaine, Lynchburg junior Caitlin Dolby was just a tad better as the Eagles couldn’t scrape together a run and Blaine’s great performance was all for not. Dolby allowed just five hits and blanked UMW through seven innings of work, which marks the fifth time this season that the Eagles have failed to score a run in a game.

Blaine not only dominated on the mound but also led the team at the plate, as she was responsible for two of the Eagles five hits in the nightcap. Hornets’ senior outfielder Lauren Duguay came up with the big RBI single in the third that ended up being the difference in the game.

“It was a night game and a day game; one good, one bad,” Head Coach Dee Conway said. “In the first, we weren’t hitting the ball well. We didn’t put the hits back-to-back. That is our goal now in order to get more runs.”

Despite failing to score, the UMW performance in game two was a big improvement from the first one. The Eagles actually out-hit Lynchburg 5-3, cut down their errors from three in the day game to just one in the night match, and obviously their pitching performance was a drastic improvement.

The Eagles played Shenandoah University yesterday at 3 p.m., but the game concluded too late to be recorded in this issue. Their next game will be a road game this Saturday against York College at 12:30 p.m.


  1. Koah

    To the editor,

    I am sorely disappointed by the fact that this paper finds it okay to take the stats of such a hard loss as this and add to them with mockery. The comment, that our first loss was “a laugher,” is shameful.

    The comments specifically concerning Elizabeth Crowe’s performance are dripping with ignorance, to put it lightly. She is an amazing pitcher, and that game was not her fault. To put the first game on her shoulders, as was done in paragraph five, is wrong.

    We win as a team and we loose as a team. I would think that the paper representing a school, such as UMW, would understand and respect that.

  2. Jessica Masulli

    I am sorry that you feel this article was a mockery to the team. Please send any specific corrections or concerns to We can talk more about them there, and find a fair way to correct any error in next weeks issue.

    -Jessica Masulli

  3. Zach Moretti


    I too am sorry if you see the article as a mockery. When writing a story on a blowout loss, and I think it is fair to say that a 12-0 loss is indeed a blowout, one has to include the stats and a summary of the game to give the reader an idea of what happened in the game. I’m sorry if the stats were not pretty, but to my knowledge they are accurate.

    I would like to know how the the paragraph on pitcher Elizabeth Crowe’s pitching performance are, as you say, “dripping with ignorance.” Ms. Crowe was complimented for her day at the plate in the previous paragraph, going 1-1 with two walks is indeed a solid day. The story goes on to say that her pitching performance was far less impressive, and again I think that is fair to say that 7 earned runs in 1.2 innings of work is less impressive than 1-1 with two walks. I am not disputing that Ms. Crowe is indeed a very good pitcher, but she did not have a very good game and that is all that the story states.

    As to your claim that the story “puts the first game on her [Crowe’s] shoulders,” I don’t find that to be true at all. If you look at paragraph four, it is said, “Mary Washington struggled in all facets of the game, giving up 12 runs, didn’t score a run themselves, and had three errors to boot.” The story clearly states that it was just a bad game for the team. It does not simply blame the pitcher, as it also notes the poor hitting and defense in the first game as well.

    If you have any specific factual concerns in the story which are inaccurate, I will be happy to run a correction in next week’s issue.

    -Zach Moretti
    Sports Editor
    UMW Bullet