Softball Powers Past Coppin State, 9-1 and 12-1
March 10, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - Led by home runs from three different players, including three blasts from freshman Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL) and an inside-the-park home run from sophomore Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA), the George Washington softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader against Coppin State, 9-1 and 12-1, Thursday afternoon at the Mount Vernon Softball Field.
With the two wins, the Colonials improve to 3-8 overall on the season. Meyers finished with seven hits and six runs in the doubleheader, while Yaniga added four hits, three of which left the park, and eight RBI.
GW's pitching staff was equally impressive in the doubleheader allowing just one earned run on four hits, while notching 13 strikeouts.
"The pair of victories today were exactly what we needed heading into the Rebel Spring Games in Florida next week," GW head coach JoAnne Ferguson said. "Our bats finally came alive and we benefitted from outstanding hitting and pitching performances, and just all-around terrific play."
In the opening game, Yaniga staked the Colonials' with a 2-0 lead in the first, belting the first of her three home runs on the afternoon, a two-run blast down the right field line to give GW the early lead. Yaniga stepped to the plate in the second, once again with a runner on, and sent Lady Eagles starter Danielle Summerour's offering over the center field fence to make it 4-0.
Freshmen Colleen Kegler (Yardley, PA) and Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL) each added RBI singles in the third and fourth innings, respectively, to extend GW's lead to 6-1. The Colonials closed out the game with three runs in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run single from Graham and an RBI single from Yaniga.
Freshman Jen Hrycyna (North Brunswick, NJ) earned the win and improved to 2-2 on the season after giving up just one run on two hits, while recording six strikeouts.
The Colonials' bats stayed hot in the nightcap as they once again touched Coppin State starter Danielle Summerour in the first inning, this time scoring four runs. Meyers made it 1-0 after scoring on an error from the second baseman after leading off the game with a single and later stealing second. With Graham on second and freshman Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) on first following a walk, Yaniga cleared the bases with her third blast of the day to left center.
With the score 6-1 heading into its bottom half of the third, GW pulled away for good by plating five runs to surge ahead 11-1. Miller got things started with her first collegiate home run, a three-run blast down the left field line, and following Yaniga's second straight walk, freshmen Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA) and Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX) delivered back-to-back RBI doubles to put the game out of reach.
Colonials' starter Culp (1-4) earned her first win of the season as she allowed just one earned run on two hits, while striking out four. Offensively, Meyers finished 3-for-4 with three runs, Miller went 2-for-3 with three runs and four RBI, while also striking out two in the final inning in the circle, and Howe finished 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The Colonials are back in action when they travel to Orlando, FL, next week during spring break for the Rebel Spring Games, March 14-18.