Softball Sweeps La Salle in Atlantic 10 Doubleheader
Colonials top Explorers, 7-4, in the opener, before holding on for a 4-3 victory in game two
March 29, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - Led by solid pitching performances from freshmen Jen Hrycyna (North Brunswick, NJ) and Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX), the George Washington University softball team swept an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader against La Salle, 7-4 and 4-3, Tuesday afternoon at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field. With the two victories, the Colonials improve to 8-16 overall, 3-1 in conference play, while La Salle falls to 4-16-1 overall, 0-4 in the A-10.
Leading the way offensively for the Colonials was freshman centerfielder Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL), who had another stellar afternoon at the plate finishing with four hits and three RBI in the two games. Sophomore Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) chipped in three hits, two RBI and a pair of stolen bases, while classmate Janelle Parker (Mount Vernon, NY) went 3-for-4 with an RBI to spark GW in the opener.
In the first of two games, La Salle took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI double from leftfielder Katie Bongiovanni. The Colonials answered with single runs in the second and third innings, respectively, to take the lead for good highlighted by RBI singles from freshmen Colleen Kegler (Yardley, PA) and Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA).
In the fourth and fifth innings, GW plated two runs apiece to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Yaniga's two-run single was the difference in the fourth, while Meyers added a clutch two-out two-run double in the fifth to highlight the inning.
Colonials' starter Hrycyna went the distance allowing four runs on nine hits to earn the win and improve to 6-5 on the season. At the plate, Meyers finished 1-for-3 with two RBI, while Howe went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. In addition, Yaniga was 1-for-4 with two RBI and Parker went 3-for-4 with an RBI as well.
In the nightcap, GW did most of its damage offensively in the first two frames to take control of the game. After freshman Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA) delivered a two-out single to center in the first, Yaniga stepped up and ripped a double to right center to give the Colonials an early 1-0 lead.
In the second, freshman Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD) led off with a double and two batters later, scored on a single off the bat of Kegler. Kegler would later score to put GW ahead 3-0 after third baseman Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL) delivered a two-out single up the middle.
GW tacked on a single run in the fifth as Yaniga was able to score on an error by La Salle shortstop Laura DeZolt after singling earlier in the inning, and for good measure, as the Explorers rallied to plate three runs in the sixth to close the margin at 4-3. But, freshman Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) came on in relief of Culp in the seventh and retired the final three batters, including striking out the final batter with the tying run on third, to earn her first collegiate save.
Culp (2-7) gave up just four hits and did not allow an earned run over six strong innings, while striking out five, to earn her second victory of the season. Offensively, Yaniga led the way going 3-for-3 with an RBI and two steals, while Graham and Kegler each added an RBI and Meyers chipped in two hits and a pair of stolen bases.
The Colonials (8-16, 3-1 A-10) return to action when they travel to St. Bonaventure, NY, on Saturday, April 2, to take on the Bonnies in an A-10 doubleheader at 12:00 p.m.