GW Softball Drops Extra-Inning Heartbreaker at Virginia
Colonials' Win Streak Snapped at Six by 2-1 Loss in 10 Innings
March 20, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - George Washington sophomore Samantha Dos Santos hit her second home run of the season and junior Courtney Martin struck out 10, but a bases loaded single by Virginia first baseman Megan Harris in the 10th inning broke a 1-1 tie and gave the host Cavaliers a 2-1 victory over the GW softball team on Wednesday evening at The Park in Charlottesville.
The loss snaps GW's school-record six-game win streak, as the Colonials fall to 11-12 on the season.
The game was scoreless until the fifth when Dos Santos gave GW a 1-0 lead with a two-out homer to right-center field, but the Cavaliers tied it up in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Marcy Bowdren.
Neither team scored in the seventh, sending the game to extra innings. Each squad had runners on base in the eighth and ninth but were unable to push a run across. The Colonials went quietly in the top of the 10th - their first inning without a base runner since the second. In the bottom of the inning, Virginia loaded the bases for Harris on three straight singles with one out, and she singled down the left field line to drive in center fielder Taylor Williams with the winning run.
Martin (5-7) gave up two runs in 9.1 innings, allowing two walks while scattering 10 hits in the tough-luck loss.
Aimee Chapdelaine (3-4) pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out two. Melanie Mitchell started the game for the Cavaliers and gave up one run on four hits while striking out 16 GW batters in eight innings of work.
Freshman first baseman Carlee Gray, the reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, had two of the Colonials' six hits on the night, as she went 2-for-3 with a double.
The 10 innings mark GW's longest game of the season, as the Colonials' two other extra-inning contests this year both lasted eight innings.
The Colonials return to action on Thursday, when they host Princeton at 3 p.m. at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.