Softball Goes 3-1 in the DC Challenge

Oct. 7, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University softball team hosted the DC Challenge on October 4 and 5 at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field that set up as a two-day round robin with Howard and Catholic. GW was able to go 2-0 against Catholic and split a pair of games with Howard, going 3-1 on the weekend.

GW picked up its first win of the weekend with a 7-0 victory over Catholic in the first game on Saturday, October 4. Freshman pitcher Jennifer Hrycyna (North Brunswick, NJ/North Brunswick) started for the Colonials and pitched seven scoreless innings giving up only four hits while striking out eight. GW's bats warmed up on the chilly afternoon with seven runs including a homerun in the fifth by freshman Gabby Culp (Desoto, TX/Bishop Dunne).

In game two of the day versus Howard, GW picked up an early run after sophomore Elana Meyers (Douglasville, GA/Lithia Springs) singled to center, stole two bases and then scored on wild pitch. Freshman Lisa Cohen (Langhorne, PA/Neshaminy) picked up two hits for GW but the Colonials were unable to push any more runs across. Culp got off to a rough start on the mound for GW with the first batter walking, the second batter reaching on an error and the third batter reaching after being hit by a pitch. All three runners would score, but Culp would then settle down, giving up only one hit while striking out eleven. Unfortunately, GW couldn't muster any offense and the Colonials fell 3-1.

GW got a rematch against Howard on Sunday, and they took advantage defeating the Lady Bison, 3-1, with a three-run fourth inning. Culp did a great job on the mound and at the plate in this game, coming up with two hits and scoring a run. She eliminated the bad inning from this start and only gave up one run on one hit while striking out three before giving way to Hrycyna. Hrycyna only gave up one hit and kept the Lady Bison at bay.

Freshman Melanie Lewis (Charlotte, NC/Independence) pitched the last game of the weekend against Catholic, a 5-2 victory. Lewis got into a little trouble in the fourth inning, but ended up only allowing two runs. She was able to shut down Catholic the rest of the game and finished giving up four hits while striking out nine. GW picked up two hits, a walk and two runs scored from Meyers and freshman Kristen Dimeo (West Orange, NJ/Monctlair Kimberley) added two hits, a walk and three runs scored to lead the Colonials to the victory.



GW will take the field again on Saturday, October 11 at 12:00 pm, when they play a doubleheader against Coppin St. at the GW-Mount Vernon Softball Field.