GW Softball Falls on Opening Day
Colonials to Face No. 12 Kentucky, Kent State on Saturday
Feb. 7, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The George Washington softball team dropped its first two games of the season at the Mizuno Invitational hosted by Long Beach State on Friday afternoon at the 49er Softball Complex. The Colonials fell to Kent State, 6-2, and to the host 49ers, 8-0, in six innings.
The first game began promisingly for the Colonials, who jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Kent State in the first inning. Linn and freshman Marissa Mangini led off the game with singles and came around to score on back-to-back sacrifice bunts by juniors Victoria Valos and Samantha Dos Santos.
The Golden Flashes got one back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a leadoff triple and an RBI groundout, then tied it in the third with three straight singles.
Kent State took the lead in the fourth, scoring twice on a two-run triple and another on a wild pitch to take a 5-2 lead. The Golden Flashes tallied their final run of the game in the fifth on another wild pitch.
Senior Courtney Martin took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits and three walks in three innings of work before giving way to sophomore Meghan Rico, who yielded the final three runs on three hits and four walks over three innings. Each pitcher struck out a pair of batters. Emma Johnson earned the complete game victory for Kent State after giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks while striking out four.
All three of the Colonials' hits in the game came from freshmen, as Linn, Galich and Mangini each picked up their first career base knocks.
Long Beach State, which received votes in the preseason national top 25, jumped on GW early, scoring six runs on six hits in the first inning, the big blow a three-run homer by Karli Sandoval. Rico allowed just two base runners over the next four innings before giving up a two-run double to Mattie Scheele in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.
Martin (0-2) again took the loss after giving up six runs on six hits and a walk in one inning of work. Rico was charged with two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out two in four innings of relief. Amanda Hansen (2-0) earned the win for the 49ers.
The Colonials return to action with a pair of games on Saturday. GW will face No. 12/14 Kentucky at 12 p.m. ET, then get a rematch with Kent State at 2:30 p.m. ET.