GW Softball Bats Go Silent on First Day of Spartan Invitational
Feb. 15, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The George Washington softball team struggled offensively on the first day of the Firehouse Subs Spartan Invitational, falling to Bowling Green, 1-0, and host USC Upstate, 6-0.
Freshman Meghan Rico (1-2) suffered the tough-luck loss in the opener against Bowling Green, allowing one run on just one hit in six innings for her second complete game in three starts. She walked two and struck out three.
The Colonials (1-4) couldn't get their bats going though, managing just three hits off the Falcons' pitching combo of Jamie Kertes (1-0) and Paris Imholz, who combined to strike out eight without walking a batter.
Bowling Green (1-0) scored the lone run of the game in the first without recording a hit. Shortstop Hannah Fulk walked to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on an RBI groundout by first baseman Paige Berger.
Rico retired seven straight batters from that point until Fulk picked up the Falcons' only hit of the game, a single with two outs in the third.
Sophomore Victoria Valos collected GW's first hit in the fourth, a one-out double down the right field line, but she was stranded on second. Senior Tara Fogarty singled with one out in the seventh to give the Colonials life, but the next two batters failed to bring her home and GW suffered the 1-0 loss.
GW again managed just three hits in a 6-0 loss to USC Upstate. Junior Courtney Martin (0-2) tossed the complete game and was charged with six runs, but just one was earned as the Colonials' defense committed two costly errors. She gave up 10 hits but did not walk a batter and struck out three.
The Spartans (6-0) loaded the bases in the first, but only managed one run on a two-out single by shortstop Maddison Kieffer. Martin escaped further damage when first baseman Cheyenne Griffin was thrown out at the plate.
The Colonials loaded the bases in the top of the second, but failed to push anyone across. Upstate scored twice in the third with the aid of a GW error to take a 3-0 lead, then scored three more times with three hits in the fourth after another error allowed the leadoff batter to reach.
Hannah Alexander (3-0) earned the win for the Spartans. She struck out eight and allowed three hits and a walk in five innings. Jamie Ujvari tossed the final two innings, walking one and striking out three.
The schedule for the final two days of the Firehouse Subs Spartan Invitational has been altered due to extreme cold and snow in the forecast this weekend. The Colonials will now face Samford on Saturday at 12 p.m. and George Mason on Sunday at 1 p.m.