Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Rhode Island in A-10 Opener
Colonials edge Rams, 4-3, in game one, before dropping slugfest, 13-12, in eight innings in the nightcap
March 26, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University softball team split an Atlantic 10 doubleheader against Rhode Island, 4-3 and 12-13 in eight innings, on Saturday, March 26, at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field in both team's conference opener. The Colonials improve to 6-16 overall, 1-1 in the A-10, while Rhode Island now stands at 2-16, 1-1 in the A-10.
Sophomore Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) finished with four hits, four runs scored and two stolen bases in the doubleheader to lead GW, while freshman Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL) posted three hits, including her eighth home run of the season, two runs scored and four RBI.
In the opener, Rhode Island jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage as its lead-off batter Kassie Harrelson hammered a solo shot over the left field fence. GW evened the score in the bottom of the inning as Mayers led off with a triple and later scored on a sacrifice fly from freshman Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL).
Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, freshman Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) put the Colonials ahead 3-2 with a one-out two-run single that allowed Graham and Yaniga to cross the plate. The Rams tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh as Chelsae Wolfe led off the inning with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Allie Honkofsky. The Colonials rallied once again in their half of the inning, and Meyers got things started with a one-out single up the middle. After Meyers stole second and reached third on a groundout, Rams' reliever Wolfe uncorked a wild pitch which allowed Meyers to score the winning run.
Freshman Jen Hrycyna (North Brunswick, NJ) (5-4) earned the win as she tossed her second consecutive complete game, allowing just two earned runs with four strikeouts. Meyers led the way at the top of the order going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Miller finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.
GW jumped all over Rams' starter Chelsae Wolfe in the nightcap, plating four runs in the first and chasing Wolfe before she could retire a batter. The Colonials' four-run first was highlighted by an RBI single from freshman Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA) and a three-run blast from Yaniga.
In what turned out to be a wild game with a wild finish, and several lead changes, Rhode Island claimed a 5-4 lead with five runs of its own in the second. After the Rams tacked on two more runs in the third to go up 7-4, GW rallied for five runs in its half of the third to take a 9-7 lead. In the inning, freshmen Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD), Colleen Kegler (Yardley, PA), Katy Harrigan (Reading, MA), Miller and Cohen each had RBI singles with the exception of Harrigan, who laced an RBI double.
The Rams regained the lead with five runs over the next two innings to lead 12-10, before the Colonials tied things up with a pair of runs in the seventh led by RBI singles from Cohen and first baseman Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA). But in the eighth, the Rams managed to add two more singles to their total, the second of which off the bat of Honkofsky enabled pinch runner Shelly Peterson to score the winning run.
Hrycyna (5-5), who came on in relief, was hit with the loss after giving up one run in 3.2 innings of work. Cohen finished 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBI to pace GW, while Yaniga went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. In addition, Meyers and Halkiotis finished with two hits each.
The Colonials (6-16, 1-1) return to action when they host La Salle in an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader on Tuesday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field.