GW Softball Splits A-10 Doubleheader vs. Dayton
April 16, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - Behind freshman pitcher Jen Hrycyna's (North Brunswick, NJ) first career complete-game shutout victory in the opener, the George Washington University softball team split an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader against Dayton, 2-0 and 1-2 in nine innings, Saturday afternoon at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field. At the plate, freshman first baseman Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA) led the way with four hits, including her second home run of the season, and an RBI.
With the split, the Colonials improve to 9-21 overall, 4-4 in the A-10. Dayton, meanwhile, sits at 14-13-1 overall, 3-5 in the A-10. All totaled, GW's pitching staff combined to strike out 12 batters on the afternoon without allowing an earned run.
In the opener, the Colonials gained a 1-0 lead in the second as freshman Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL) reached first safely to get things started after being hit by a pitch. After Howe executed a sacrifice bunt followed by Yaniga swiping third, an RBI single to right by freshman Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) proved to be the difference.
Hrycyna allowed just four hits, while issuing three walks and fanning five in her eighth complete game of the season to improve to 7-7 overall. She continually pitched her way out of trouble as evidenced by the Flyers stranding runners at third in the third and fourth innings, respectively, and a runner at second in the fifth. In addition, Hrycyna retired the final nine batters she faced.
Howe added an insurance run in the sixth with her second home run of the season, a one-out blast to left center to put the Colonials on top 2-0. She finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, while third baseman Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL) went 2-for-3.
The Flyers grabbed the early lead in the nightcap with a run in the first courtesy of a sacrfice fly off the bat of Tamsyn Kellough to make it 1-0 Dayton. GW tied things up in the third as freshman Colleen Kegler (Yardley, PA) led off the inning with a walk and later scored on a single from shortstop Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) to even the score, 1-1.
The Colonials had a chance to avert extra innings and take the lead in the sixth. With two outs, Yaniga delivered a double down the left field line and Howe singled to give GW runners at first and third. With Miller at the plate, Howe took off for second, but Flyers' second baseman Ellie Malchow caught Yaniga at the plate attempting to score from third to keep things knotted up.
While GW had its best chance to take the game in the sixth, Dayton nearly won the game in the eighth. The Flyers had the bases loaded with one out and a fly ball to center field off the bat of Sheena Rothwell would have allowed Kellough to tag from third and score the winning run, but it was ruled she left third base early and with the double play the Colonials were out of the inning and the game remained tied. But, Dayton would not be denied and an RBI single from Shannon St. Clair in the top of the ninth plated Malchow to give the Flyers the slim 2-1 victory.
Freshman Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX) (2-10) went the distance for GW, and even carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but ended up as the hard-luck loser after allowing six hits and two runs (0 earned), while striking out seven. Offensively, Meyers drove in the lone run, while Howe went 3-for-4, and Yaniga and Miller each chipped in two hits apiece.
The Colonials (9-21, 4-4 A-10) return to action when they travel to the Bronx in New York, on Friday, April 22, to face Fordham in an A-10 doubleheader at 2 p.m.