Softball Drops Doubleheader to Lehigh to Open Spring Season
Late Rally in Second Game Forces Extra Innings
Feb. 21, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University softball team opened its spring season by dropping both games of a doubleheader to visiting Lehigh, 8-0 and 11-3 in nine innings, on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Mount Vernon Field. Lehigh improved to 2-0, while George Washington fell to 0-2.
The Colonials rallied twice in the second game to nearly pull out the victory. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, freshman Ashley Horner led off with a slow roller to shortstop and beat it out for the first George Washington hit of the afternoon. Horner advanced to second on a groundout for the second out, then went to third as freshman Katy Harrigan singled through the left side. Horner then stole home as the catcher threw the ball back to the pitcher to tie the score at 2-2 and force extra innings.
Lehigh regained the lead in the top of the eighth, but GW rallied again with two outs as sophomore Elana Meyers reached on an error. Meyers then stole second and third base and scored on a single by freshman Lisa Cohen. The Mountain Hawks, though, scored eight runs in the top of the ninth to put the game away. Jessica Young had two hits in the ninth, including a two-run double, and joined Mendy Martin and Katherine Wegert with two hits each. Kelly Kliewer also had two RBI, and Kate Arico pitched the final five innings to pick up the victory.
In the first game, Lehigh pitcher Emily Ling tossed a no-hitter, facing two batters over the minimum as the game was halted after six innings due to the eight-run mercy rule. Ling walked one and had a batter reach on an error, and she struck out 10.
The Mountain Hawks took a 2-0 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first inning, but they didn't score again until erupting for a six-run sixth inning. Kliewer and Mary Wieder (two RBI) led Lehigh with two hits each in the contest.
Freshman Gabby Culp took the loss on the mound in both games for George Washington. Culp allowed seven hits, seven walks and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings in the first game, then she pitched all nine innings in the second contest, allowing nine hits, walking one and striking out two. Five Colonial errors in the two games led to seven of Lehigh's 19 runs being unearned.
The Colonials host Norfolk State Tuesday, Feb. 24, in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.
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