Colonials Tie Norfolk State, 4-4
Feb. 24, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington softball team played to a 4-4 tie in nine innings with Norfolk State on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Mount Vernon Field. The game was stopped due to darkness. George Washington is 0-2-1, while Norfolk State opened its season and is 0-0-1.
The Colonials scored three runs in the first two innings to take a 3-0 lead. In the first, sophomore Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA/Lithia Springs) led off with a walk, stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored as freshman Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA/Neshaminy) grounded out. Freshmen Katy Harrigan (Reading, PA/Reading Memorial) and Colleen Kegler (Yardley, PA/Pennsbury) each walked to lead off the second inning and Harrigan later scored on a double steal. Kegler later scored on a wild pitch.
Norfolk State scored four runs, three unearned, in the top of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Allison Greene reached on an error and Lenore Heron reached on a passed ball after striking out to open the inning. After a walk to Allison Cave, Cassie Scruggs drew a walk to force home the first run and Katie Byrne followed with a two-run single to tie the score. Byrne later scored on another error to give the Spartans the lead.
George Washington rallied in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. Meyers walked and stole second, then moved to third on a sacrifice by Cohen before scoring on a single by freshman Ashley Horner (Port Matilda, PA/State College). Neither team could score from there, with Norfolk State stopping a potential game-winning run for the Colonials as Meyers was thrown out at home for the final out of the seventh inning.
Freshman Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX/Bishop Dunne), who has pitched all but 2/3 inning for George Washington this season, went the distance for the Colonials. She allowed just one earned run and four hits while walking 10 and striking out a career-high 13 batters. Heron pitched all nine innings for Norfolk State, allowing six hits, walking 10 and striking out four.
The Colonials host the GW Invitational this weekend, with five total games scheduled at Mount Vernon Field both Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 28-29). George Washington meets Manhattan (12 p.m.) and Colgate (1:30 p.m.) Saturday and entertains Colgate (10:30 a.m.), Manhattan (12 p.m.) and Mount St. Mary's (3 p.m.) Sunday.