GW Earns First Victory in School History with 6-0 Win Over Coppin State
Sanderson Pitches A Gem in the First Game
March 12, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington Colonials Softball team earned the first victory in school history, 6-0, in the second game of a doubleheader against Coppin State on Wednesday, March 12 at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field. Despite a wonderful pitching performance by sophomore Jaclyn Sanderson (Green Brook, NJ/Watchung Hills), the Colonials lost the first game, 1-0.
In the first game, Sanderson gave up only three hits and struck out 11, but gave up the lone run of the game after April White tripled and was singled home by Stefen Vaughn. Sanderson's pitching performance was matched by Coppin State starter Jamie Imhoff who also gave up three hits and struck out 16 Colonials on her way to the shutout.
GW tallied singles from freshman Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA/Lithia Springs), senior Sammi Sordi (Boothwyn, PA/Chichester) and Sanderson, but were unable to break into the run column. The Colonials had two runners reach second base, once in the third and once in the fifth, but each time, Imhoff was able to finish off the inning without any Colonial damage. The game ended in a Coppin State victory, 1-0.
In the second game, Meyers pitched beautifully for the Colonials in giving up only one hit while striking out 14. GW finally broke through on offense in the fourth inning after Meyers singled and advanced to third on a bunt by senior Edna Coonan (Hazlet, NJ/Raritan). Meyers then scored on a single by Sordi and Coonan scored on a single by freshman Erica Heikel (Duluth, MN/Duluth Central). The Colonials added three more runs thanks to three Lady Eagles errors to finish the five run inning.
GW added another run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Coonan after Meyers had tripled. Coppin State couldn't mount any offense, which led to the first victory in Colonials softball history, 6-0.
The Colonials will travel to the Rebel Games in Florida over spring break, March 17-21, where they will play eight games.