Softball Falls to Coppin State, 5-4
March 23, 2011
Baltimore, MD - The George Washington softball team held an early lead over Coppin State, but were unable to hold the lead, falling 5-4 to the Eagles on Wednesday at the Coppin State Softball Field. The Colonials fall to 10-10-1 while the Eagles improve to 5-7 on the season. The scheduled second game of the doubleheader was rained out.
GW took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third getting a walk and a stolen base by Julie Orlandi. Chelsea Lenhart singled in Orlandi for the first run of the inning, and advanced to second as the Eagles tried to make a play at the plate.
Katie Terrazas drew the second walk of the inning and moved up to second and Lenhart to third, as Autumn Taylor took first on an Eagle error. Lauren Wilson scored Lenhart from third on a single to right field. Terrazas tried to score from second base but was called out at home.
In the third inning, the Colonials offense put pressure on the Eagles, forcing them to make tough plays with two on and one out. After a double steal, Amanda Zakeri and Sandi Moynihan scored on a Lenhart-forced error, to increase the lead to 4-0.
The Eagles got to GW starter Heidi Penna in the fifth, hitting back-to-back singles and scoring on a Colonial throwing error and a sacrifice fly.
Coppin State added three more to take the 5-4 lead in the sixth, off a three-run home run over the left field wall.
GW had a runner in scoring position in the top of the seventh but the game ended with Taylor getting caught stealing second base.
Penna (2-4) threw six innings in the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits, while striking out five and walked one.
The Colonials head back on the road for Atlantic 10 Conference play this weekend. GW will take on Dayton on Saturday for two games starting at 12:00 pm.