James Madison Takes Pair from Softball
April 6, 2005
HARRISONBURG, VA - The George Washington University softball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader at James Madison, 4-2 and 3-1, on Wednesday, April 6, at the JMU Softball Complex. Sophomore shortstop Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) led the Colonials' offense with four hits, a double and an RBI in the two games, while freshman Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA) recorded three hits, a double, an RBI and a run scored.
With the losses, GW falls to 8-18 overall on the season, while the Dukes upped their record to 16-17 overall.
In the opener, first baseman Megan Smith gave JMU a 1-0 lead in the first with her first home run of the season. The Dukes tacked on two more runs in the third courtesy of an RBI triple from Katie George and an RBI sac bunt off the bat of Kelly Berkemeier.
The Colonials rallied in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, with single runs in each. Howe delivered a two-out RBI double in the fourth which allowed freshman Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA), who reached on a double of her own, to score, while Meyers singled home sophomore Janelle Parker (Mount Vernon, NY) in the fifth to close the margin at 3-2. But, the Dukes' Natalie Burd led off the sixth with a single and later scored on a wild pitch to seal the 4-2 win for JMU.
Meyers finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI, while Howe went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead GW. Freshman Jen Hrycyna (North Brunswick, NJ) (6-6) suffered the loss for the Colonials after giving up four runs and 10 hits over 6.0 innings.
The Dukes jumped on top once again in the nightcap as Katie George led off the second with a single and later crossed the plate on a fielder's choice from Ashlee Schenk to make it 1-0. GW evened the score in the sixth as Howe reached first after being hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sac bunt from freshman Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD) and scored on a two-out clutch single to right from freshman Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX).
Just as the first game, JMU's offense once again produced in the sixth highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Jenn Chavez to put the Dukes ahead for good, 3-1.
Colonials' starter Culp (2-8) pitched a complete game, but was hit with the loss after giving up five hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out five and finishing 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. In addition, Meyers, Howe, Halkiotis and third baseman Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL) each finished with a hit apiece.
The Colonials (8-18, 3-1 A-10) return to action when they travel to Amherst, MA, on Saturday, April 9, to face Massachusetts in an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader set for 12:00 p.m. at the UMass Softball Complex.