Late SLU Rally Nips GW Softball, 5-4
Colonials Host Dayton for Senior Day on Sunday
April 26, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team took a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning, but Saint Louis scored five unanswered over the final two innings to nip the Colonials, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic 10 action at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Freshman Megan Linn extended her program-record on-base streak to 26 games in a row with a leadoff single. She finished 2-for-4 with two steals and a run scored on the day. Sophomore Morgan Matetic also extended her on-base streak to 10 with a third-inning double.
Matetic's two-out two-bagger in the third drove in Linn and junior Victoria Valos to give GW (16-29-1, 2-10 A-10) a 2-0 lead, and the Colonials scored two more in the fourth on RBI singles by sophomore Carlee Gray and freshman Mary Wiley.
Freshman starter Paige Kovalsky cruised through the first five innings, allowing just four hits and no runs, but she ran into trouble in the sixth. After putting runners on the corners with one out, Saint Louis (23-19, 8-5 A-10) used a double steal to end the shutout, and an RBI double by Mackenzie Peter and sacrifice fly by Hailey Weavers pulled the Billikens within one, 4-3.
An RBI double by Lindsay Friedman tied the game with one out in the top of the seventh and another double by Elizabeth Everingham three batters later gave SLU its first lead of the game, 5-4, and the Colonials were unable to score the tying run in the bottom of the inning.
Kovalsky (0-3) was charged with five runs on nine hits with three strikeouts in her first career complete game. Laney Kneib (5-8) earned the win after tossing three scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they host Atlantic 10 rival in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. Prior to the game, seniors Chelsea Curcio, Alexandra Del Prete and Courtney Martin will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony, and between games the Colonials will retire the jersey of two-time Olympic medalist and GW Athletic Hall of Famer Elana Meyers.