Freshmen Shine but GW Softball Drops Two at Tiger Invite

Freshman Jillian Galich went 3-for-6 with four RBIs against Northwestern and LSU.

Feb. 14, 2014

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BATON ROUGE, La. - The George Washington softball team dropped a wild one in the opening game of the LSU Tiger Invitational on Friday afternoon, falling to Northwestern, 12-11, at Tiger Park. The Colonials concluded the day with a 14-4 five-inning loss to No. 21 LSU.

GW's bats exploded for season highs of 12 hits and 11 runs in game one, with 10 of the hits coming from freshmen Megan Linn, Jillian Galich, Mary Wiley and Madi Myers-Cook. Linn went 3-for-4 and scored three runs from the leadoff spot and Wiley also had three hits in five at-bats, while Galich was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Myers-Cook was 2-for-5 with a big two-run double.

GW took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning, using an error and two hits, including a two-run triple by junior Samantha Dos Santos. Northwestern (4-1) tied it with three runs in the third, then took a 4-3 lead on a leadoff home run by Olivia Duehr in the fourth.



The Colonials responded with three more runs in the top of the fifth to regain a 6-4 advantage. Dos Santos led off the inning with a walk and scored on a double by junior Victoria Valos. Wiley followed with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners and chase Wildcat starter Sammy Albanese, and reliever Kristen Wood was greeted with a two-run double by Galich.

Northwestern, however, crossed the plate six times in the bottom of the inning to go up 10-6, but GW clawed back to tie it up with four runs in the top of the sixth. Linn reached on an infield single with one out and eventually scored on three straight passed balls. The Colonials then loaded the bases with two walks and another infield hit for Myers-Cook, who drove in two with her first career extra-base hit, a double down the left field line. Freshman Marissa Mangini followed with a walk to reload the bases for sophomore Meghan Rico, who also walked to bring home the tying run with her first career RBI.

In the bottom of the sixth, however, Duehr hit her second home run of the day, this one the game-winner, as it gave the Wildcats a 12-10 lead. GW would not go quietly in the top of the seventh, getting two on and two out for Galich, who singled to left-center for her third RBI of the day to make it 12-11, but Wood retired the next batter to end the game.

Rico (0-2) allowed eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and six walks while striking out three in six innings. Senior Courtney Martin gave up the remaining four runs. Wood (2-1) earned the win in relief for Northwestern, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks while striking out five in three innings. Albanese was charged with six runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings.

GW struck first against 21st-ranked LSU in the nightcap, as Galich drove in Dos Santos with an infield single with two outs.

The host Tigers scored twice in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead, then broke the game open with nine runs in the second, the big blow a two-out grand slam by Allison Falcon.

The Colonials got two back in the third when Valos blasted her first home run of the season and the 23rd of her career, moving her within one of former teammate Autumn Taylor for second place all-time at GW.

LSU struck for three more in the fourth to make it 14-3. The Colonials got a pinch-hit RBI single from junior McKinley Tretler in the fifth to drive in Valos, but it was not enough to avoid the five-inning loss, 14-4.

Valos went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead GW offensively.

Martin (0-5) took the loss after allowing five runs (three earned) on one hit and four walks in one inning, while Rico allowed nine runs on eight hits and six walks in three innings. Ashley Czechner (2-1) was charged with four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out six in the five-inning complete game.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday with rematches against both Northwestern and LSU on the second day of the Tiger Invitational. GW will face the Wildcats at 1:30 p.m. Eastern and the Tigers at 6:30 p.m. ET.