Softball Edged By Kent State, 1-0, in Season Opener; Fall to North Carolina
Feb. 8, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, NC - Despite a solid performance from sophomore pitcher Amanda Gabriel, the George Washington University softball team was edged, 1-0, in its season opener versus Kent State at the Carolina Classic Friday morning.
Gabriel allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out and walking two Golden Flashes in six innings of work. The Fullerton, CA, native unfortunately went up against one of the best young pitchers in nation, Kent State's Kylie Reynolds, the 2007 Freshman and MAC Pitcher of the Year. Gabriel (0-1) threw 79 pitches, 51 for strikes on the day.
Kent State did not get on the board until the sixth inning on a double steal as Jessica Toocheck crossed the plate as pinch-runner Holly Finchum took second.
The Colonials had a chance to take the lead in the fourth inning as they placed runners on second and third with no outs. Freshman Katie Terrazas walked to lead off the inning and immediately stole second base. Sophomore Amanda Holst was also issued a free pass. Both runners stole their next base, but Reynolds was able to escape unscathed with a strikeout and a inning-ending double play.
Senior Katie Miller doubled to right center with one out in the seventh for GW's only hit on the day. However Reynolds was again able to stop the bleeding.
The Colonials left five runners on base and were led offensively by Miller, who doubled and walked in three plate appearances. Terrazas walked twice and stole a pair of bases on the day.
GW dropped the second game of the Carolina Classic to North Carolina, 21-1. The Tar Heels scored 16 runs in the first inning.
Senior Chrysanthi Halkiotis connected on a pair of doubles and junior Carrie Higdon also doubled. Redshirt sophomore Elisa Van Kirk drove in the only run for the Colonials with a sacrifice fly to right, scroing senior Jackie Yaniga.
Higdon was the most effective pitcher for the Colonials against UNC, allowing just one run on three hits in 2.2 innings of work.
GW (0-2) will again be in action Saturday, the second day of the Carolina Classic, with games against North Carolina Central at 12:30 pm, and East Carolina at 5:30 pm. All games can viewed online on GameTracker at www.GWsports.com.