Softball Earns Saturday Split

Elena Shelepak hit her first two home runs of the season on Saturday.
Elena Shelepak hit her first two home runs of the season on Saturday.
Feb. 24, 2018

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Elena Shelepak homered in both games of Saturday's doubleheader, powering George Washington softball in a split at the Amy S. Harrison Classic.

The sophomore first baseman had three hits, including a round-tripper, in a 5-3 win over Montana in the opener. Then, she added another long ball in the 9-8 loss in eight innings to host UC-Riverside to close the day.

Shelepak has hits in five of her six games for the Colonials (6-3) this season to bump her batting average up to .500 (9-for-18) for the season with five of her nine hits for extra bases.

GW 5, Montana 3: Jenna Cone's fourth-inning, solo home run put the Colonials on top, and Sierra Lange pitched around trouble to close out the victory.

GW tied Montana at 3 on Shelepak's third-inning homer and then went ahead with a pair of runs an inning later. After Cone's team-leading third home run of the season, Shelepak added an RBI double to extend the cushion.

The Grizzlies (2-11) put the potential tying run into scoring position in both the fifth and sixth innings but couldn't score. Lange ended the first threat with back-to-back strikeouts and then snuffed out the second by getting a pop out and a fly out with the bases loaded.

Lange went the distance to improve to 3-1 on the season. The freshman allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out six to win for the second straight day.

Jessica Linquist tied a career high with three hits, while Olivia Ortlieb and Marta Fuentes delivered run-scoring singles in the victory.

UC-Riverside 9, GW 8 (Eight Innings) The Highlanders scored a walk-off, extra-inning win in the nightcap, ending a wild contest on Emma Ramelot's RBI double.

GW jumped out front with a five-run second inning, fueled by a two-run double from Rochelle Draper and a pinch-hit, three-run double by Alessandra Ponce. The lead reached 6-0 on Shelepak's homer in the third.

UC-Riverside (9-4) came roaring back with five runs in the fourth and went ahead in the sixth on back-to-back solo home runs from Jenna Curtan and Ramelot.

GW extended the game by scratching out a run in the top of the seventh when Linquist was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

In the extra frame, GW managed to score on Criza Bulanadi's RBI single but couldn't hold the lead. The Highlanders scored twice in the bottom half, winning on Ramelot's one-out hit to left center.

Draper and Sidney Bloomfield had two hits apiece to pace the Colonials, who got their 10 hits from eight different players.

ON DECK: GW closes out the event Sunday, facing New Mexico at noon. The Colonials kick off their home slate Wednesday, hosting crosstown foe Howard for an afternoon doubleheader at GW Softball Field.