Mangini's Squeeze Sends GW Softball to First Win
Colonials Earn Extra-Inning Victory at UNCG
Feb. 22, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Freshman Marissa Mangini's squeeze bunt in the bottom of the eighth inning sent the George Washington softball team to its first victory of the season in walk-off fashion, as the Colonials defeated host UNC Greensboro, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Spartan Classic.
With the score tied at 1-1 after seven innings, international tiebreaker rules went into effect for the extra frames and a runner was placed on second base for each team to start the eighth. The Spartans advanced their runner to third with one out, but GW starting pitcher senior Courtney Martin induced back-to-back groundouts to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, freshman Bradleigh Breland took second base for the Colonials and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Maura Murphy, then scored the winning run when Mangini laid down the successful squeeze.
UNCG (3-6) took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI groundout by Nicole Thomas after back-to-back singles to lead off the inning.
Freshman Megan Linn led off the fourth with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt by junior Samantha Dos Santos, then scored the tying run when junior Victoria Valos singled to left-center field. It was Valos' 92nd career RBI, surpassing Jackie Yaniga ('08) for second place all-time at GW.
Martin (1-8) earned the complete game win, scattering nine hits and just one walk with two strikeouts in eight innings. Thomas (0-3) took the loss for UNCG after giving up one unearned run on two hits and a walk in 2.1 innings in relief of Lacey Leary, who allowed one run on four hits while striking out three in the first five innings.
Freshman Madi Myers-Cook went 2-for-3 to lead the Colonials at the plate.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they conclude the Spartan Classic with games against Army at 9 a.m. and Hampton at 2:30 p.m.