The Howard Lady Bison softball team has lost five of six games since their season began on Feb. 11. But the Lady Bison stole a victory from George Mason over the weekend in the Spartan Invitational hosted by University of South Carolina-Upstate on Feb. 17 in Spartanburg, S.C.

Rebecca Kirshner and Andasha Moore-Pryor led the Bison with three hits each. Howard came out very strong, scoring four runs in the first inning on a Samantha Gatson single and a Moore-Pryor double. The women showed good base running in the 3rd inning, putting runners in scoring position on a passed ball.

George Mason almost made a comeback in the final inning with a single from their centerfielder and a double from their second baseman Brooke Blankenship. The comeback was short lived though with a groundout by Angela Maioran to end the game.

Unfortunately for Howard, they were back in the losing column 24 hours later, losing 5-0 in a disappointing showing against Georgetown. The Lady Bison were held hitless while the Georgetown women were held to only four.

Neither team was able to put the bat on the ball very often, but Howard struggled more, striking out 11 times in the game. Gatson fanned three batters in the match.
HU dropped two games on Feb. 18; they also lost a 15-7 decision against Youngstown State in the last game of the weekend invitational. The Bison came out strong in the first inning, scoring three runs. Youngstown, however, stepped up early as well, scoring five runs.

The game ended after five innings due to a lopsided third inning by Youngstown, which scored eight runs to secure the game.

The Lady Bison are back in action at the Diamond Devil Invite hosted by Arizona State on March 2.

Sarafina Hamer

Special to the AFRO