Valos Breaks HR Mark in 5-4 Loss to Georgetown
Junior Blasts 27th Career Long Ball but Hoyas Score Winning Run in Sixth
April 22, 2014
WASHINGTON - Junior Victoria Valos hit the 27th home run of her career, breaking GW's all-time record, but the George Washington softball team was edged by District rival Georgetown, 5-4, on Tuesday evening at the Hoyas' Guy Mason Field.
Valos' fifth home run of the season occurred in the third inning, breaking the previous mark of 26 set by Jackie Yaniga from 2005-08.
Georgetown (21-20) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-out RBI triple by Megan Hyson, but GW (16-27-1) tied it in the second on a squeeze bunt by freshman Paige Kovalsky.
Valos' three-run homer to right gave the Colonials a 4-1 lead in the third, but the Hoyas rallied for three runs to tie the game again in the bottom of the inning, and the score remained knotted at 4-4 until Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the sixth.
GW attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh, as freshman pinch hitter Bradleigh Breland led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by classmate Marissa Mangini. Freshman Megan Linn followed with a single to center, but Breland was thrown out at the plate.
Linn's seventh-inning single extended her program-record on-base streak to 24 games dating to March 11.
Sophomore Meghan Rico (12-14) took the loss despite allowing just five hits in the game. She was charged with five runs (three earned) and struck out four in six innings. Hyson (12-11) earned the win for Georgetown after tossing four scoreless innings in relief. She allowed three hits and struck out seven without walking a batter.
Valos went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead GW's offense in its non-conference finale.
The Colonials return to action on Friday when they host Atlantic 10 rival Saint Louis at 3 p.m. at the GW Softball Field, their first of four games in three days this weekend.