Softball opened its Atlantic 10 play with a split against Rhode Island, featuring two contests that were hard-fought and of a technical nature.
In the first matchup, the Colonials took an early lead and managed to keep it until the sixth inning, when the Rams tied the score at three. Washington would go on to retake the lead in the eighth inning, but Rhode Island secured a run in the ninth to even the score at four. In the tenth inning, the Colonials added a run to make it a 5-4 final, with a strong defensive performance from pitcher Ryan Hileman, who finished with 11 strikeouts.
The second game saw the Rams jump out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning, but the Colonials battled back with a two-run rally in the fourth, tying the game at three. The teams remained deadlocked until the seventh inning, when Rhode Island added another run to take a 4-3 lead. Washington attempted to rally in the eighth, but the Rams held off the Colonials’ offense and secured the win.
Overall, the Colonials showed tenacity and technical skill in both games, but ultimately could not overpower the Rams. The split marks the beginning of a long conference run for Washington, which will look to make its mark on the A-10 this season.