Softball Sets Program Wins Record on Sunday
Colonials Sweep URI on Senior Day
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball squad closed the 2017 season on Sunday with a doubleheader sweep of A-10 foe Rhode Island at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
With Sunday's sweep, the Colonials (28-24, 11-12 A-10) set a program record with 28 victories, besting the previous mark of 27 set by the 2013 squad. The Buff and Blue also tallied the most conference wins since the tallying 13 A-10 victories in 2013.
The Colonials struck first in game one and never looked back, scoring three runs in the second. Freshman Elena Shelepak drove in the first with an RBI double before a deftly placed RBI slap single from classmate Jessica Linquist scored another. Senior Megan Linn's RBI single finished the scoring to put GW ahead 3-0.
URI scored one in the fourth, but GW got the run back in the bottom of the frame with the help of an error.
Junior Morgan Rinehart singled in the fifth to plate Shelepak after her second double of the game to finish the scoring and give GW a 5-1 victory.
In game two, the Rams struck first with a run on two hits in the opening stanza.
GW responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning with the help of an RBI single from freshman Jenna Cone after a Linn double. Rookie Priscilla Martinez later doubled and scored on a single from Shelepak to put GW ahead, 2-1
URI tied the game with a run in the third, but GW regained the lead with the help of a two-RBI triple from Cone. A sac fly from Martinez gave the Colonials a 5-2 advantage.
Four runs for the Rams in the fifth put the Colonials in the hole, 6-5, but GW executed a seventh-inning rally when a walk, a hit batter and an error loaded the bases. Cone singled in the tying run before Kovalsky laced a ball over the right fielder's head to drive in the game-winning run in walk-off fashion, plating fellow senior Linn to win the game, 7-6, and the series.
Freshman Kaitlin Buff (8-6) came away with both victories on the day, tossing 6.2 total innings.
GW re-wrote the record book both with individual and team milestones in 2017. Under the direction of first-year head coach James DeFeo, the Colonials batted a program-best .302 in 2017 - the first time in GW history that a team has averaged over .300 for a season. The team also set program records for runs scored (260), hits (426), doubles (83), RBIs (243), slugging percentage (.444) and fielding percentage (.964).
Cone finished with GW's best-ever single-season home run total (18), slugging percentage (.822), on-base percentage (.500), most runs scored (47), and most RBIs (59).
Linn will graduate as GW's program leader in career batting average, posting a .362 mark in her four seasons. Linn will also leave the program atop the list in career hits (237), stolen bases (102), games started (200) and runs scored (164).
Despite missing much of her rookie season due to injury, Kovalsky will graduate third on GW's all-time list with 42 doubles and fourth with 93 RBI. Kovalsky twice notched 18 doubles in a single season, ranking second on GW's all-time single-season list.
Sarah Costlow snapped GW's all-time career wins record as a junior and will enter her senior season with 40 triumphs.
The Colonials are set to return 14 letterwinners next season.
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