Softball Drops A-10 Doubleheader at Saint Joseph's
April 30, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Despite recording 13 hits and scoring 11 runs in the second game of its doubleheader at Saint Joseph's, the George Washington University softball team was edged 12-11 in the nightcap and 10-2 in the opener on Friday, April 29, at the Hawks' East Norriton Field in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
With the victories, SJU improves to 19-19 overall, 6-6 in the A-10, while the Colonials fall to 9-31, 4-8 in conference action.
In the opener, the Hawks gained a 6-1 lead over the first two innings to seize control of the game. Freshman Caroline Howe (Los Alamitos, CA) delivered her fourth home run of the season to lead off the second to put GW on the board.
The Colonials added another run in the fifth as third baseman Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL) had a one-out single and later scored an unearned run courtesy of an error from the pitcher Lauren Cognigni to make it 6-2. While the margin was cut to four, four runs over the final two frames sealed it for the Hawks as they prevailed 10-2.
GW was led offensively by Howe who finished 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI, while sophomore Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA), Graham, and freshmen Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL) and Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD) each added a hit.
A seven-run first gave GW a commanding lead in the nightcap highlighted by a two-run single from freshman Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA), a two-run double from Halkiotis and a three-run home run off the bat of rightfielder Katy Harrigan (Reading, MA).
Saint Joseph's countered with four runs in the second and seven runs between the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to take an 11-7 lead. But, the Colonials' bats came alive once again in the seventh as freshman Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) had an RBI single and Harrigan delivered a two-out two-run single to cap a four-run frame to even the score, 11-11. While GW had come full circle, SJU added a single run in the bottom of the seventh with two outs to escape with the win, 12-11.
Harrigan finished the game 2-for-4 with her first home run of the season and a career-high five RBI, while Halkiotis went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. In addition, Meyers and Yaniga each added a pair of hits, while combining to score three runs.
GW (9-31, 4-8) returns to the field when it travels to Temple on Sunday, May 1, to take on the Owls in an A-10 doubleheader set to begin at 12:00 p.m.