GW Softball Falls to Samford, 12-4
Feb. 16, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The George Washington softball team took an early 3-1 lead, but Samford scored 11 runs over the final four innings to defeat the Colonials, 12-4, on the second day of the Firehouse Subs Spartan Invitational at USC Upstate's Cyrill Stadium. Sunday's game against George Mason will not be played, as snow forced the cancellation of the final day of the tournament.
GW (1-5) manufactured a pair of runs in the first inning on a hit, two walks, a Samford error and a sacrifice fly by freshman Carlee Gray. An error and a pair of walks to start the top of the second led to an unearned run for the Bulldogs, as right fielder Caroline Seay picked up an RBI single to make it 2-1, but the Colonials got the run back in the bottom of the inning on a two-out RBI base hit by Gray.
Freshman Meghan Rico cruised through the first three innings, allowing just the one unearned run on two hits, but she ran into trouble in the fourth, loading the bases with one out on a single and two walks. The Colonials picked up the second out of the inning on a fielder's choice, getting the runner at the plate, but the next batter was hit by a pitch to bring in a run and make it 3-2.
Rico induced a popup to get out of the inning, but she was not so lucky in the fifth, as the Bulldogs (3-4) struck for four runs. The first three batters of the inning reached base on a single, double and hit batter, which chased Rico in favor of junior Courtney Martin. Martin got the next two batters before walking the next two and allowing a pair of RBI fielder's choices, which gave Samford a 6-3 lead.
The Bulldogs added two more in the sixth on an RBI double by Seay and a throwing error that allowed another runner to score. The Colonials got one back in the sixth on a run-scoring grounder by sophomore Victoria Valos to pull within 8-4, but that was as close as they would get.
Samford responded with four runs on four hits and an error in the top of the seventh to go up 12-4, with the big blow coming courtesy of a two-run triple by Seay. The Bulldogs recorded just two outs in the inning before the game was called due to snow.
Rico (1-3) took the loss for GW. She was charged with five runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks in four innings of work. Misha Aldridge (1-0) earned the win for Samford, tossing two scoreless innings in relief of starter Shelby Scott, who gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks in the first two innings.
Six different batters accounted for the Colonials' six hits, while Gray drove in two of GW's three runs in the game. Seay went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored to pace the Bulldogs at the plate, while third baseman Callie Brister went 2-for-3 and scored three times.