Hrycyna's No-Hitter Highlights Softball's Doubleheader Sweep Against James Madison
March 29, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington University sophomore RHP Jen Hrycyna (North Brunswick, NJ) recorded the first no-hitter in Colonials' softball history in an 8-0 victory in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader against James Madison Wednesday afternoon at Mount Vernon Softball Field. GW completed the two-game sweep with a 5-2 win in the nightcap to improve its overall record to 18-12 on the season.
Hrycyna tied her career high with six strikeouts in the complete-game no-hit victory in five innings to improve to 4-3 on the season, while juniors Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) and Nikki Brooks (Chillicothe, OH), and freshman Maryanne Mohan (Portland, OR) combined for four hits, four RBI and four runs to lead GW offensively.
GW struck first in the opening frame as Meyers led off with a double and later scored on a sac fly from sophomore Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA) to make it 1-0. The Colonials broke the game wide open and sealed the win with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth. Pinch hitter Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA) drove in the first run with a single to plate sophomore Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL) and Brooks drove in the next two with a double to make it 4-0. Following a strikeout, Mohan delivered a two-run single and along with Meyers, later scored on a throwing error by third baseman Amber Kirk to cap the scoring.
JMU had runners in scoring position, as a result of three Hrycyna walks, in the third, fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth and fifth, the Dukes had runners advance to third base but Hrycyna was able to get out of each inning unscathed.
Meyers finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while sophomore Katie Miller went 3-for-3 and Mohan and Brooks each had two RBI and a run scored.
In game two, James Madison took a 1-0 lead in the third as shortstop Katie George put the Dukes on the board with a sac fly. The Colonials tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the frame as Cohen delivered a sac fly to plate Meyers.
GW took the lead for good in the fourth when pinch runner Janelle Parker (Mt. Vernon, NY) stole home on a double-steal attempt to make it 2-1. In the sixth, the Colonials added three more runs to their advantage with leftfielder Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD) collecting an RBI sacrifice fly and sophomore Hilary King (Canal Winchester, OH) an RBI triple. King would later score on a wild pitch for GW's fifth and final run of the game.
Sophomore Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX) allowed just one run on three hits in 6.0 innings with four strikeouts to run her record to 7-3 on the year. Freshman Carrie Higdon (Newburg, MD) pitched the final inning. Meyers, Mohan and Yaniga each had two hits to lead GW at the plate.
The Colonials (18-12, 3-3) are back on the field when they travel to St. Louis, MO on Saturday, April 1, to play their first true road games of the season in an A-10 Conference doubleheader against league newcomer St. Louis at 12:00 p.m.