Fairfax, VA - Sarah Pauly and Jen Musillo combined for a one-hit shutout as the Washington Glory (18-5) defeated the Michigan Ice, 4-0 on Saturday night at the George Mason Softball Complex.
With the game deadlocked at zero, Sara Larquier and Nicole Barber led off the third inning with a single and a double to left, putting runners on second and third with no outs. LaDonia Hughes was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for former Bethune Cookman Wildcat, Amber Jackson. Jackson was then credited with an RBI after drawing a walk from starting pitcher, Megan Brown. With the bases still loaded with no outs, Nichole Thompson then singled to left which scored Barber and Hughes.
Brown was then lifted for relief pitcher, Jenny Mackson, who retired the next three batters.
Up by three in the fourth, Larquier delivered again with a solo home run to dead centerfield, her league-leading seventh home run of the season.
Pauly pitched six innings of near-perfect ball, allowing just one hit and hitting a batter, while striking out five. The former Islander allowed just one runner to advance to second base, which came via a fielder's choice and a passed ball. Musillo came in to pitch the seventh and retired the side without allowing a hit.
Larquier and Barber both collected two hits apiece for the Glory. Stephanie Best also recorded two hits, including a double, making the most of a rare starting opportunity. Thompson drove in two runs on the night, while Amber Jackson walked twice.
The Glory will host the Ice in the fourth and final game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 3:05 pm at the George Mason Softball Complex. Tickets are available by calling 703.362.4464 or they can be purchased at the stadium the day of the game. Tickets for future games can also be purchased online at www.washingtonglory.com