Softball Earns Sweep in California
Colonials dropped New Mexico and Montana in Friday doubleheader
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Junior Marta Fuentes hit for the cycle against New Mexico on Friday, highlighting a doubleheader sweep for GW softball to begin UC-Riverside's Amy S. Harrison Classic.
The Colonials scored all their runs in the first inning of an 8-3 win over the Lobos to start the day and then followed up with a 2-1 victory over Montana to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Fuentes had a triple and a three-run home run as part of GW's incredible offensive start in Friday's opener. The shortstop picked up a double in the fifth and a single in the seventh to complete a memorable performance that tied the program's single-game record for hits (four) and total bases (10).
In the nightcap, Sarah Costlow picked up her third win in as many starts, lowering her ERA to 0.70 with another complete game effort.
GW 8, New Mexico 3: The Colonials sent 13 batters to the plate in their eight-run opening frame. They did all that damage via seven hits, two errors, a walk and a hit by pitch.
Jenna Cone started the scoring with a two-run double before Priscilla Martinez and Sierra Lange knocked in runs. With two outs, Fuentes cleared the center field fence for her first homer of the season to extend the lead to 8-0.
That was more than enough for Lange, who pitched into the seventh to pick up her second win of the season. The freshman right-hander allowed just two earned runs and recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts.
Fuentes paced the offensive attack with her impressive day out of the leadoff spot. The junior college transfer is the fifth Colonial to rack up 10 total bases in a game and first since Lauren Wilson in 2012.
Elena Shelepak had three hits in the victory, including a double.
GW 2, Montana 1 The Colonials rode Costlow's pitching to beat the Grizzlies, plating the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With the score tied at 1, Cone's one-out walk turned into the decisive score. Pinch runner Riley Tejcek moved to third on a double by Martinez and raced home on Shelepak's ground out.
Costlow closed it out from there with a 1-2-3 seventh inning. The senior hurler came through with another gem, navigating trouble to hold the defending Big Sky champions to one run. She gave up six hits and three walks and hit a batter but produced the pitches she needed to pick up the 43rd career win of her decorated career.
Shelepak scored GW's other run in the second inning on Lange's two-out RBI single. Martinez was the only Colonial with a pair of hits.
On Deck: GW continues at the Amy S. Harrison Classic on Saturday with another doubleheader. The Colonials are set to face Montana at 2:30 p.m. before matching up with the host Highlanders at 5 p.m. They'll close the weekend Sunday with another game against New Mexico.
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