Fordham Takes Pair from Softball in A-10 Action
Rams take opener, 12-5, with late rally; Fordham completes sweep with 9-1 victory in game two
April 22, 2005
BRONX, NY - The George Washington University softball team lost both games of an Atlantic 10 doubleheader at Fordham, 12-5 and 9-1 in six innings, on Friday, April 22, at Bahoshy Field. Despite a pair of home runs from freshman centerfielder Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL) and another solo blast off the bat of classmate Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA) in the opener, the Colonials came up short against the A-10 leading Rams.
Fordham improves to 29-13 overall, 10-0 in conference play, while GW falls to 9-25 overall, 4-6 in the A-10.
In the first game, the Rams grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening frame courtesy of RBI singles from Katie Davis and Laura Klaiber. GW would answer in the second as Howe led off the inning with a single, followed by freshman Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD) drawing a walk. One out later with both runners on second and third, Howe scored on a sac fly from freshman Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX), while Halkiotis was able to cross the plate on a throwing error by Davis to make it 2-2.
The Rams added a pair of runs in the third to go up 4-2 led by a solo home run from Davis that led off the inning and an RBI double off the bat of Lisa Busciacco. Once again, the Colonials had an answer with three runs over the next three innings to get right back in the game. Yaniga led off the fourth with a solo blast to left to close the margin at 4-3, while in the sixth, Yaniga and Howe led off with back-to-back solo shots over the left field fence to even the score at 5-5. Although GW had drawn even, Fordham put up seven runs in the bottom of the sixth highlighted by Allison Twarowski's three-run triple to cruise to the 12-5 victory.
Offensively, just three Colonials combined for six hits. Howe finished 3-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored, while Yaniga went 2-for-3 with two home runs, two RBI and two runs scored. In addition, freshman Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL) finished 1-for-4, while Culp added an RBI.
In the nightcap, GW's lone run came in the first inning as sophomore Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) reached first on a fielding error by the first baseman Jamie Dautel to lead things off. Following a single from Graham which allowed Meyers to advance to third, Meyers would eventually score an unearned run to make it 1-0 Colonials when second baseman Trish Arno committed an error trying to catch Graham stealing second.
Fordham, however, would go on to plate four runs over the next three innings to take a 4-1 lead and added five more in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to seal the 9-1 win in six innings. The Rams were led offensively in game two by Klaiber's three RBI.
Meyers, Graham and freshman Cat Belanger (Monterey, CA) each had a hit to pace GW at the plate, while Meyers scored the lone run and also stole her 18th base of the season.
The Colonials (9-25, 4-6 A-10) return to action when they host Longwood in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field.