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BRONX, N.Y. – Third-seeded Dayton survived their second elimination game of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Softball Championship, with a 4-3 victory over George Washington Thursday at Bahoshy Field on the campus of Fordham University.

Dayton (30-24) advances to play fifth-seeded Saint Louis (28-28) who lost earlier to top-seeded Massachusetts. First pitch between the Flyers and Billikens is set for 2:30 pm. George Washington was eliminated from the tournament, ending their season with a 33-21 overall record.

In a win or go home game for both teams, the score remained scoreless in a tightly contested game until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Dayton would strike first.

Abby Ehrenborg led the inning off with a single through the left side. Kelly Fitzgerald followed Ehrenborg’s at-bat with a double to left center. Up next was Ellie Ziegler who came through for the Flyers with an RBI double off the left field wall giving Dayton a 2-0 advantage. Madi Maloof capped the scoring in the inning with an RBI single.

The Colonials did not go away easily, as they fought back in the top of the sixth. With Jenna Cone on third after leading off the inning with a walk, Morgan Rhinehart’s RBI single brought GW to within two runs of the lead.

With two outs and two runners on, Rochelle Draper hit a high short fly ball to right field; the right fielder would misplay the ball, allowing two runs to come around and score to even the game at three-all.

The Flyers responded in the bottom of the sixth with a run of their own. Ziegler led off the inning with a walk; she would ultimately make her way over to third after a Maloof sacrifice bunt.
Kyle Davidson, the next batter, knocked in the winning run with a bloop single to center field. That run was all Dayton would need as Cash shutdown the Colonials in order to secure the win.
Cash recorded her 15th win as pitched seven innings, allowed five hits, walked one and struck out six batters.

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