GW Softball Drops Pair to #12 Kentucky, Kent State

Carlee Gray went 2-for-2 and scored twice against Kent State.

Feb. 8, 2014

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - The George Washington softball team dropped a pair of games on the second day of the Mizuno Invitational hosted by Long Beach State, falling to No. 12/14 Kentucky, 3-0, and to Kent State, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon at the 49ers Sports Complex.

Senior Courtney Martin (0-3) allowed just one earned run in a complete game against the 12th-ranked Wildcats, who scored single runs in each of the last three innings.

Freshmen Megan Linn and Mary Wiley accounted for the Colonials' two hits off Shannon Smith, who struck out nine and did not walk a batter to earn the win for Kentucky (5-0).

Kent State (3-0) took a 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, third and fourth innings. The Colonials got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when freshman pinch hitter Jillian Galich singled to left-center field to drive in senior Chelsea Curcio and sophomore Carlee Gray to make it a one-run game, 3-2.



The Golden Flashes, however, scored three in the top of the seventh, including a two-run triple by Maddy Grimm, to take a 6-2 lead.

GW (0-4) refused to go quietly, scoring twice in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double by Linn, which forced a Kent State pitching change, but reliever Lauren McNeil got the final two outs to seal the 6-4 final score.

Gray went 2-for-2 with two runs scored to lead the Colonials at the plate, while Galich and Linn each picked up the first two RBIs of their careers.

Sophomore Meghan Rico (0-1) took the loss after giving up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three in 2.1 innings of work. Martin was charged with three runs on three hits and six walks in two stints spanning two innings, and freshman Paige Kovalsky, making her debut in the circle, gave up one run on two hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

Ronnie Ladines (1-0) gave up two unearned runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings to earn the win, while McNeil picked up the save after retiring the final two GW batters.

The Colonials conclude their Southern California trip when they take on Cal State Fullerton on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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