Softball Earns Doubleheader Split Against Radford With 3-2 Victory in Game One
April 27, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington University sophomore Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA) smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning in game one to give the Colonials a 3-2 victory over Radford Thursday afternoon in the opener of a non-conference doubleheader at Mount Vernon Field to ensure a split against the Highlanders. RU, however, would battle back in the nightcap to claim a narrow 2-1 win.
GW now stands at 24-24 overall on the season, while Radford runs its record to 35-20. Howe went 2-for-4 with an RBI in game one and second baseman Hilary King (Canal Winchester, OH) led the offense in game two finishing 1-for-2 with an RBI.
With the game tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, sophomore Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD) was placed on second to lead off the inning per international tiebreaker rules. Radford chose to intentionally walk lead-off batter Nikki Brooks (Chillicothe, OH), which set the table for Howe, and she took advantage drilling a double off the left field fence to score Halkiotis and end the game.
Sophomore Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX), who came on in relief of starter Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) to start the seventh, pitched her way out of the eighth as the Highlanders too started off the inning with a runner at second base. She earned the win, tossing 2.0 innings with one strikeout to improve to 10-6 on the season.
Radford took a 1-0 lead in the second as designated player Ashley Taylor led off the inning with a solo home run. GW tied the game in the fifth as junior Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) delivered a two-out single to plate pinch runner Janelle Parker (Mt. Vernon, NY).
The Highlanders reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth when catcher Amanda Walling was able to score on a fielding error by first baseman Kaity Harbour (Macomb, MI). But, the Colonials bounced back once again in the bottom of the frame as an errant underhand throw by the pitcher Brittaney Brown to first base, which would have been the third out, allowed pinch runner Cat Belanger (Monterey, CA) to score to even the score at 2-2.
In game two, third baseman Alex Roderick put Radford on the board first with a solo blast over the left field fence in the fourth inning to make it 1-0. The Colonials would answer in the bottom of the inning as designated player Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA) got things started by drawing a lead-off walk. Parker pinch ran for Cohen, and two batters later, she stole second and later scored on a double off the bat of King to tie the game, 1-1.
The score remained that way until the seventh when RU first baseman Shelby Rector doubled to lead off the inning and pinch runner Larissa Williams would later come around to score the game-winning run on a single from second baseman Jennifer Everhart.
Freshman Carrie Higdon (Newburg, MD), who came on in relief of starter Culp, was hit with the loss as she allowed an earned run on two hits in 1.2 innings of work.
The Colonials (24-24, 3-11 A-10) return to action when they host Charlotte in an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader on Friday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at Mount Vernon Field.