Softball Drops A-10 Doubleheader at Massachusetts
April 9, 2005
AMHERST, MA - Coming off its first Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader sweep in school history against La Salle last time out in league play, the George Washington University softball team was unable to match that same success against perennial A-10 power Massachusetts Saturday afternoon. The Minutewomen topped GW, 11-0, in five innings in the opener, before escaping with a 2-1 win in game two at the UMass Softball Complex.
GW falls to 8-20 overall, 3-3 in the A-10, while UMass improves its overall mark to 15-11, 4-2 in the A-10. The Colonials were unable to generate much of an offensive attack against the Minutewomen's pitching staff combining for just four hits in the two games.
In game one, UMass opened with three runs in its half of the first and never looked back. Eight more runs in the third, highlighted by five consecutive hits to start the inning, sealed the Colonials' fate as the Minutewomen went on for the 11-0 win in five innings. UMass starter Barb LaFogg tossed a complete game to earn the win as she allowed just one hit and struck out 11. Freshman Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA) led GW at the plate finishing 1-for-1.
In the nightcap, UMass broke a scoreless tie in the third as Amanda Morin led off the inning with a solo shot to right to make it 1-0. GW rallied in the seventh to tie the game at 1-1. Freshman Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL) delivered a one-out single and was able to advance to second on an error by Morin at first base to jump start the rally. Colonials' starting pitcher Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX) stepped to the plate next and singled to left allowing Yaniga to cross the plate and even the score.
But in the bottom half of the seventh, Morin reached on an error by second baseman Cat Belanger (Monterey, CA) and back-to-back singles with two outs allowed her to score the game-winning run.
Culp tossed 6.2 innings allowing just two runs (one earned) while recording two strikeouts, but was hit with the loss to fall to 2-9 on the season. She also went 1-for-3 with an RBI at the plate, while Yaniga and freshman Katy Harrigan (Reading, MA) each finished with a hit apiece.
The Colonials (8-20, 3-3 A-10) return to action when they travel to Radford, VA, on Wednesday, April 13, to face the Radford Highlanders in a non-conference doubleheader set for 2:00 p.m. at Dedmon Center Field.