Softball Concludes Play at Colonial Challenge
Freshmen Jackie Yaniga, Chrysanthi Halkiotis each collect two RBI in Colonials' four games
March 8, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington softball team wrapped play this past weekend at its annual Colonial Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, at the Mount Vernon Softball Field. The Colonials fell to Colgate, 2-1, and Army, 9-1, on Saturday, before dropping two one-run games to Manhattan (5-4, 8 inn.) and Colgate (1-0) on Sunday.
In its opening game on Saturday against Colgate, GW was able to take an early 1-0 lead in the first as sophomore Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) led off with a triple and later scored on a single from freshman Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL).
The Raiders plated two in the bottom of the fifth highlighted by Whitney Scott's two-run single to surge ahead and hold on for the win. Freshman Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX) was hit with the loss after giving up just four hits in six innings of work, including two strikeouts.
In the Colonials' second game on Saturday, Meyers once again gave GW a 1-0 lead in the first, scoring on a passed ball after leading off the game with a single.
The Black Knights answered in the bottom of the second and took a 2-1 lead courtesy of a Nikki Posey two-run blast. Army added a pair of runs in the third and plated five in the fourth to close with a 9-1 victory in five innings.
On Sunday, the Colonials broke a scoreless tie with two runs in their bottom half of the fourth against Manhattan. Freshman Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) led off the inning with a double, and following a sac bunt from first baseman Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA), later scored on a single from freshman Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD). One batter later, Yaniga made it 2-0 Colonials with a double that scored Halkiotis.
The Jaspers tied the game with two runs of their own in the top half of the sixth as Jennifer McCracken and Kiera Fox each collected RBIs to make it 2-2. The game remained tied following the seventh, but Manhattan produced three runs in the eighth to take a 5-2 lead. GW rallied for a pair of runs in its half of the eighth as Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL) and Halkiotis each had RBI singles, but fell just short.
GW faced Colgate for the second time in two days in its final game on Sunday and fell 1-0.
The Colonials (1-8) are back in action when they host Coppin State on Thursday, March 10, in a non-conference doubleheader at 2 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Softball Field.