Softball Drops Inaugural Game, 4-1, to Howard

March 7, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington Colonials began their inaugural season with a loss to Howard University, 4-1, in Hampton, VA on Friday, March 7. Due to the recent inclement weather, the Colonials have spent little time on the field, but they managed three hits to the Lady Bison's four. Unfortunately, three errors in the first inning led to three Howard runs, and the Colonials were unable to recover.

Freshman Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA/Lithia Springs) became the first pitcher in GW softball history when she took the mound. She finished the game giving up only four hits and two earned runs to go along with seven strikeouts. At the plate, Meyers went 1-3 with a stolen base and scored the first run in the program's history in the bottom of the sixth.

Fittingly, senior Samantha Sordi (Boothwyn, PA/Chichester), who helped transition the softball program from a club to a varsity sport, recorded the first Colonial hit, when she singled in the bottom of the second. Freshman Kristen Miller (Rochelle Park, NY/Academy for Medical Science) tallied the other Colonial hit in the bottom of the fifth.

The Lady Bison started off the game when Debbie Lee walked, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch. Kenish Cross advanced to third on the wild pitch after walking and stealing second. She scored on a throwing error that allowed Rachel Hale, who had also walked, to reach third. Hale scored on a ground out to third, but Meyers was able to retire the third Lady Bison of the inning on GW's first strikeout.

The Colonials played the Lady Bison even until the fifth inning including a one, two, three third in which Meyers struck out the side. In the fifth, the Lady Bison scored their fourth run when Kenish Cross stole home. The Colonials tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the sixth and were able to score after Meyers singled up the middle, stole second and scored on an error, but sophomore Jennifer Lawrence (Nassau, NY/Columbia) flied out to left to end the game.



The Colonials will look to secure the first win in the program's history on Saturday, March 8, when they play in the Hampton Invitational Tournament.