Charlotte Quiets Colonials' Bats; Sweeps A-10 Doubleheader
April 28, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University softball team dropped both games of an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader against league newcomer Charlotte Friday afternoon at Mount Vernon Field. The 49ers won game one, 10-0, in six innings, before grinding out a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.
With the victories, Charlotte improves to 36-11 overall, 11-3 in the A-10, while GW falls to 24-26 overall, 3-13 in conference play.
In game two, the 49ers grabbed the early lead with a single run in the top of the first inning. Centerfielder Evan Miller doubled to lead off the game and later came around to score on a groundout.
Charlotte added to its 1-0 lead in the second when leftfielder Emily Forbes was able to score on a passed ball after reaching on an error to lead off the inning to make it 2-0.
Junior Nikki Brooks (Chillicothe, OH) finally got things started for the Colonials in the fourth as she delivered a one-out single. After a throwing error by third baseman Karianne Huffstetler, which allowed Brooks to be safe at second following a bunt, shortstop Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) loaded the bases with a single. Sophomore Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) was up next and she hit a deep fly in foul territory to left field, which allowed Brooks to score to close the margin at 2-1.
That would be as close as GW would get, however, as Charlotte starter Christy Murray retired nine of the final 10 batters she faced, including striking out the side to end the game in the seventh.
Colonials' starter Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX) (10-7) also was solid in the circle as she retired 11 straight at one point, but was still hit with the loss giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits in 7.0 innings.
In the opener, Charlotte powered its way past the Colonials with three home runs, including two from shortstop Cee Brooks, and starter Kristen Bowen took care of the rest as she pitched a perfect game.
Catcher Becky Matthews hit a two-out solo shot in the first to make it 1-0. Brooks hit her first home run of the game in the second, a solo blast, which made it 2-0. In the third, Brooks capped off a five-run frame with a grand slam that made it 7-0.
The 49ers added three more runs in the sixth to seal the victory, as Bowen struck out seven of the 18 batters she faced in 6.0 innings of work.
The Colonials (24-26, 3-13 A-10) return to action when they host Fordham in an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader in their regular season finale on Sunday, May 7, at 12 p.m. at Mount Vernon Field.