Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Towson, 7-9 & 7-3
March 8, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington University juniors Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) and Kaity Harbour (Macomb, MI) each had two RBI to help lead the Colonials to a 7-3 victory over Towson and earn a doubleheader split against the Tigers Wednesday afternoon at Mount Vernon Softball Field in non-conference action. Towson held on to win the first game, 9-7.
Meyers had three hits in the doubleheader, including a triple and her first home run of the season, two runs scored and three RBI, while sophomore Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA) had four hits and two runs scored.
Coming off a 9-7 win in game one, Towson jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in game two with Aimee Rosa hitting a two-out solo shot in the second. GW came back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game courtesy of an RBI single from Harbour.
With the Tigers clinging to a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, GW posted six runs on the board to take a commanding 7-3 lead. Sophomore Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL) and Howe led off the inning with back-to-back singles and sophomore Hilary King (Canal Winchester, OH) loaded the bases after reaching on a fielder's choice. An error by shortstop Megan Zwoyer allowed Yaniga and Howe to score, while a bunt single from freshman Tori Sensi (Skillman, NJ) plated King. Meyers followed Sensi with a triple to plate Harbour and Sensi, and Meyers would later score on a wild pitch to cap the scoring.
Sophomore Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) earned the complete-game victory to improve to 3-0 on the season. She scattered nine hits over 7.0 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Meyers and Harbour each finished 1-for-3 with two RBI, while Howe went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
In the opener, the Colonials led off the bottom of the first with four straight hits which produced two runs. Meyers led off the game with a rocket home run to right field, which was followed by a double from junior Nikki Brooks (Chillicothe, OH), a single from sophomore Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD), which scored Brooks, and a double from Yaniga.
The Tigers would answer back in the third with four runs of their own to take a 4-2 lead and never look back. Towson would tack on four more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to hold a 9-3 advantage going into the seventh. GW would mount a comeback in its last at-bat, scoring four times in the seventh highlighted by a two-out three-run home run off the bat of King. But, Tigers' starter Jessica Fisher closed the door on the Colonials getting freshman Kristin Gallant (Calabasas, CA) to pop up to third for the final out and earn the complete-game win.
King finished 1-for-4 with three RBI to pace GW, while Brooks had three doubles in the game and Halkiotis went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Both teams had 14 hits in the contest.
The Colonials (8-4) return to action when they travel to Orlando, FL, next week for the Rebel Spring Games during spring break. GW playes Rider at 2:20 p.m. and Bucknell at 4:10 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, in its opening games of the tournament.