Softball Splits A-10 Doubleheader at Temple
Colonials pound out season-best 15 hits to win opener, 7-3, before Owls take nightcap, 3-1, on late home run
May 1, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The George Washington University softball team recorded a season-high 15 hits en route to a 7-3 win in game one of its Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader at Temple on Sunday, May 1, to earn a split with the Owls at Ambler Field. Temple won game two, 3-1, on a dramatic two-run home run in the seventh. Sophomore Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA) was the star for the Colonials in the opener as she finished 4-for-5 with her third home run of the season and three runs scored.
With the split, GW sits at 10-32 overall and closes out the A-10 season with a 5-9 mark. Temple is now 16-29 overall, 4-12 in conference play.
Meyers led off the opener with a solo shot to right to give the Colonials an early lead, which they would not relinquish. Freshmen Lindsay Graham (Palm Bay, FL) and Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA) followed with back-to-back singles. After a groundout moved the runners to second and third, respectively, a single from leftfielder Chrysanthi Halkiotis (Brookeville, MD) cleared the bases to make it 3-0 GW.
GW added to its lead in the third as freshman Jackie Yaniga (Miami, FL) reached safely on an error by the catcher to lead off the inning and later scored on a second error by the catcher to give the Colonials a 4-0 advantage.
The run proved to be significant as the Owls climbed to within a single run as they plated three in the bottom of the third highlighted by Aida Esquer's two-run double to make it 4-3, but that would be all the production they would receive. Single runs over the next three innings sealed the win for GW as Graham, freshman Katie Miller (Manteo, NC) and Yaniga each drove in runs during that stretch to seal the 7-3 victory.
Colonials' stater Miller (1-5) earned her first collegiate victory as she scattered eight hits over 4.0 innings of work, while allowing three runs. Freshman Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX) tossed the final 3.0 innings to notch the save as she allowed just one hit, while also striking out a batter.
In addition to Meyers' stellar day at the plate, Graham went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Cohen finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and Halkiotis went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
In game two, the Owls' Laura Gutscher broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth to put Temple up 1-0. GW evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the seventh when Cohen blasted a one-out solo shot over the right field fence for her first collegiate home run. But, a one-out single from Gutscher set the stage for Esquer who hit a game-winning two-run home run on senior day to lift the Owls to a 3-1 win.
Freshman Jen Hrycyna (North Brunswick, NJ) was hit with the loss after giving up three runs on just four hits in 6.1 innings of work. Offensively, Cohen finished 1-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored, while Halkiotis went 1-for-2.
The Colonials (10-32) return to action when they host George Mason in their non-conference doubleheader season finale on Thursday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field.