GW Softball Falls Twice at LSU Tiger Invitational
Colonials Drop Games to Northwestern, #21 LSU
Feb. 15, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. - The George Washington softball team dropped two games on the second day of the LSU Tiger Invitational, falling to Northwestern, 10-3, and to No. 21 LSU, 8-4, on Saturday at Tiger Park.
GW (0-9) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Northwestern, as freshman Megan Linn and junior Samantha Dos Santos both walked to start the inning and advanced on a groundout by junior Victoria Valos before freshman Mary Wiley plated Linn with another groundout. Freshman Jillian Galich then reached on an error to drive in Dos Santos with the second run of the game.
After a scoreless second inning, the Wildcats (6-2) scored five times in the third to take a 5-2 lead which they would never surrender. Among Northwestern's five hits in the inning was a three-run homer by Marisa Bast and an RBI double by Andrea Filler.
The Wildcats scored twice more in the fourth before the Colonials got one back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Valos to make it 7-3. Neither team crossed the plate again until Northwestern tallied three runs on five hits in the top of the seventh, using four singles and a two-run double by Anna Edwards to account for the 10-3 final score.
Sophomore Meghan Rico (0-3) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on five hits and five walks in 2.2 innings of work before giving way to senior Courtney Martin, who was charged with five runs (four earned) on nine hits and four walks while striking out five in the final 4.1 innings. Kristen Wood (3-2) earned the win in relief. She gave up one run on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 4.2 innings after starting pitcher Nicole Bond allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit and three walks in 2.1 innings.
LSU (7-3) scored four runs on three hits, including a two-run homer by Bianka Bell, in the bottom of the first inning.
Freshman Megan Linn drove in sophomore Morgan Matetic with the Colonials' first run of the game with a one-out single in the third inning. Then in the fourth, GW got two bases loaded walks by sophomore Carlee Gray and Linn to cut its deficit to one, 4-3.
Valos led off the fifth with a double, and after a pitching change Wiley singled her in with the tying run, but the Colonials could do no further damage, and the Tigers regained the lead for good in the bottom of the inning on a two-out solo home run by Sandra Simmons. LSU then scored three runs on two hits and two errors in the sixth for the 8-4 final.
Wiley went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead the Colonials' offense in the game while Linn had a pair of RBIs.
Martin (0-6) allowed eight runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in the complete game loss. Ashley Czechner (4-1) tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk to earn the win in relief of Kelsee Selman, who gave up four runs on three hits and six walks but struck out seven in the first four innings.
The Colonials conclude the Tiger Invitational on Sunday with a matchup against Penn State at 10 a.m. Eastern.