Colonials' Pitching Staff Leads Softball to Doubleheader Sweep Over George Mason, 5-0 & 1-0
April 5, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington University sophomore RHP Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX) pitched a complete game one-hit shutout in the opener, while a complete game six-hit shutout from RHP Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) coupled with a pivotal late-inning error by George Mason in game two enabled the Colonials' softball team to sweep the Patriots, 5-0 and 1-0, in a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Mount Vernon Softball Field.
With the victories, GW improves to 20-14 overall while Mason falls to 1-35 on the season. The Colonials, in the midst of their best season in program history, were led offensively in the two games by freshman Maryanne Mohan (Portland, OR), who had three hits and two runs scored, and sophomore Hilary King (Canal Winchester, OH), who hit her team leading fourth home run of the season in the opener.
In game two with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, a three-base error by Patriots' centerfielder Cassi Bailey allowed sophomore Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA), who earlier walked, to come all the way around from first base to score the game-winning run. Miller (6-2) retired the final three batters in order in the seventh to lock down her sixth victory of the season. She also struck out seven, including four of the first six batters she faced.
The Patriots were not without their opportunities in the game, as they left eight runners on base, including stranding at least one runner in the third through sixth innings, which included leaving two runners on in the fifth and the bases loaded in the sixth.
In the opener, junior Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA), after walking to lead off the game, scored the Colonials' first run on a passed ball to give them an early 1-0 advantage. While Culp was busy mowing down Patriots' batters, King accounted for GW's final four runs of the game. She delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Mohan in the third to make it 2-0, and in the fifth, drilled a two-out three-run blast over the left field fence to cap the scoring for the Colonials.
Culp went seven strong innings, struck out five and gave up the only Mason hit to the second batter of the game to improve to 8-3 on the season. Eight different Colonials notched hits to lead GW's offensive attack, led by King, who went 1-for-2 with a home run and four RBI. Culp and junior Nikki Brooks (Chillicothe, OH) also had two hits apiece, while Mohan scored two runs.
The Colonials (20-14) return to action when they travel to St. Bonaventure, NY, on Saturday, April 8, to take on the Bonnies in an A-10 doubleheader set for 12 p.m.