Softball Drops Doubleheader Against Virginia
Colonials edged 9-7 in nine innings in the opener; Cavaliers complete sweep with 7-0 win in game two
April 20, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University softball team dropped both games of a non-conference doubleheader against Virginia, 9-7 in nine innings and 7-0, on Wednesday at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field. The Colonials were led by sophomore Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA), and freshmen Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL) and Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA), as the trio combined to post six hits, score four runs and drive in two in the doubleheader.
With the victories, Virginia improves to 22-25 overall, while the Colonials drop to 9-23 on the year. Cavaliers' junior Erin Horn tossed her first career no-hitter in the nightcap to improve to 9-7 on the season as she struck out five and walked just two.
In game one, the Cavaliers opened the first inning with three straight hits and went on to score three runs in the frame to grab the early lead. The Colonials answered right back in the bottom half of the inning loading the bases as Meyers led off with a single, Graham reached on a fielder's choice and freshman Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA) was hit by a pitch. With one out, Howe delivered an RBI single to plate Meyers, and back-to-back run-scoring singles from sophomore Janelle Parker (Mount Vernon, NY) and leftfielder Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD) with two outs evened the score, 3-3.
GW was able to build a 5-3 lead with single runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Freshman Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL), who combined to make 10 putouts in the two games, including several spectacular diving catches in center field, led off the third with a double and later scored on a passed ball, while an RBI single from Graham in the fourth gave the Colonials a two-run cushion.
UVa countered with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to send the game into extra innings. In the eighth with the international tiebreaker rule in effect, Virginia took a 6-5 lead off an RBI single from Sara Larquier. GW tied things up once again in the bottom half of the inning as freshman Colleen Kegler (Yardley, PA) delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Parker and make it 6-6. But, the Cavaliers' offense produced three more runs in the ninth and an RBI single off the bat of freshman Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) was all GW received in its half of the inning as UVa prevailed, 9-7.
At the plate, Meyers, Graham and Howe each finished 2-for-4, while Graham also scored two runs and had an RBI. In addition, Parker went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run, while Howe, Miller, Halkiotis and Kegler each had an RBI as well. Freshman Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX), who came on in relief of Miller, was hit with the loss after pitching 4.2 innings and allowing six hits and five runs (three earned). Miller, meanwhile, tossed 4.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs with a pair of strikeouts.
In the nightcap, UVa starter Horn, who came on in relief to earn the win in game one, retired 16 straight batters after giving up a two-out walk to Cohen in the first inning and did not allow a runner to advance past first base the entire game. Offensively, the Cavaliers scored two runs in the first and third innings, respectively, and tacked on an additional three runs over the fifth and sixth innings to blank the Colonials, 7-0. Virginia was led by second baseman Elea Crockett, who finished 4-for-4 with a double, three RBI and three runs scored.
Colonials' starter Jen Hrycyna (North Brunswick, NJ) suffered the loss after allowing eight hits and six runs (four earned) over 5.0 innings of work to fall to 7-8 on the season.
The Colonials (9-23) return to action when they travel to Bronx, NY, on Friday, April 22, to face Fordham in an A-10 doubleheader at 2 p.m.
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