Softball Drops Doubleheader to Marist
Colonials fall 12-2 in opener; Late rally not enough in game two as Red Foxes prevail, 5-4
March 24, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University softball team dropped both games of a non-conference doubleheader against Marist, 12-2 and 5-4, Thursday afternoon at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field. Freshman centerfielder Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL) led the Colonials offensively, as she finished with two hits, two RBI and a run scored in the doubleheader.
GW falls to 5-15 overall on the season, while Marist improves to 5-9 overall with the two victories.
In the opener, Marist jumped ahead 1-0 in the first courtesy of an Allison Bartley RBI single. The Red Foxes tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Lyndsay Ward belted a two-run home run to left field. GW answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning as freshman Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA) scored on a sacrifice fly from classmate Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA) to make it 3-1.
Marist was able to put the game out of reach in the fifth, plating three more runs highlighted by an RBI single from Annie Castellano and an RBI double from Jasmery Polanco to make it 6-1. The Colonials managed to scrap together a run in the bottom of the fifth as sophomore Janelle Parker (Mount Vernon, NY) scored on a throwing error by the pitcher Megan Rigos after entering the game as a pinch runner to close the margin at 6-2. But, the Red Foxes continued their attack at the plate and drove in six runs over the final two innings to secure the win, 12-2.
Freshman Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) (0-3) was hit with the loss after giving up six earned runs in 4.1 innings of work for the Colonials. At the plate, Yaniga and freshman Katy Harrigan (Reading, MA) each finished 1-for-3, while Howe had the lone RBI.
In the nightcap, GW seized an early lead in the first as shortstop Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) led off with a walk and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Yaniga to make it 1-0 Colonials. Marist was able to grab the lead in the third as leftfielder Christine Jakobsen scored on an error by Cohen after singling to lead off the inning, and Castellano later delivered a sacrifice fly to plate third baseman Chrystine McHugh to give the Red Foxes a 2-1 advantage.
The Colonials tied things up in the bottom of the third after Meyers delivered a one-out double, which was followed by a run-scoring single up the middle from Cohen to make it 2-2. After Marist took a 5-2 lead with single runs in each of the next three innings, GW began its rally in the bottom half of the sixth.
Cohen led off the sixth with a single and later advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt from freshman Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL). Yaniga plated Cohen with an RBI double to right, and on the very next pitch, Howe delivered an RBI single through the right side to plate Yaniga to close the gap, 5-4. But Marist's Rigos, the winning pitcher in game one who was now on in relief, retired the final two batters in the sixth and closed out GW in the seventh to preserve the victory.
Offensively, Cohen and Howe each finished with two hits and an RBI apiece, while Yaniga went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. In addition, Meyers finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk. Freshman Jen Hrycyna (North Brunswick, NJ) (4-4) tossed a complete game, but was the hard-luck loser after giving up just two earned runs on six hits.
The Colonials (5-15) return to action on Saturday, March 26, when they host Rhode Island in an Atlantic 10 doubleheader in their conference opener at 12:00 p.m. at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field.
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