Softball Ready for West Coast Trip

Priscilla Martinez has her sophomore season off to a good start.
Priscilla Martinez has her sophomore season off to a good start.
Feb. 22, 2018

Fresh off a winning opening weekend, GW softball heads to the West Coast for the Amy S. Harrison Classic hosted by UC-Riverside.

The Colonials are set for five games over three days at Amy S. Harrison Field in Riverside, Calif. The slate includes two games apiece against New Mexico and Montana and one matchup with the Highlanders.

LAST TIME OUT: GW (3-2) picked up wins over Florida A&M, Stetson and Quinnipiac at the season-opening Diamond 9 Citrus Blossom Classic last weekend in Orlando, Fla.

Sarah Costlow led the Colonials to a pair of wins, allowing just one earned run in 13 innings of work. The senior hurler has racked up nine strikeouts against just two walks and limited opponents to a .191 batting average. She was in the circle for Sunday's 3-1 victory over Quinnipiac that ensured a winning start.

POWER TRIP: GW has clubbed five home runs in as many games. Jenna Cone went deep against Florida A&M and Northern Iowa, building on a record-setting freshman campaign that included 18 dingers. The sophomore went back-to-back with Priscilla Martinez in the seventh inning of the season opener.

Freshmen Sierra Lange and Alessandra Ponce also both hit their first career homers in Florida.

MISS VERSATILITY: Lange had quite a debut in Buff and Blue last Friday. The freshman from Texas went 2-for-4 with the homer and two RBIs in a 12-2 win over Florida A&M to start the day and then pitched a complete game in the nightcap to help the Colonials past Stetson, 3-2.

Lange finished the opening weekend with four hits in 16 at-bats and a 1-1 record with a 4.54 ERA and eight strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings in the circle.

HAPPY HOMECOMING: Seven Colonials hail from California with at least one native of the state in every class. The list includes freshman Olivia Ortlieb (Taft, Calif.), sophomores Kaitlin Buff (Lomita, Calif.), Priscilla Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Jenna Cone (Trabuco, Calif.) junior Jayme Cone (Trabuco, Calif.) and seniors Rochelle Draper (Garden Grove, Calif.) and Sarah Costlow. It's an especially special trip for Costlow, who grew up in Riverside, Calif., and attended nearby Martin Luther King High School.

FIRST TIME FOES: GW has never faced UC-Riverside, New Mexico or Montana.

SCOUTING UC-RIVERSIDE: The Highlanders are 7-4 in the early going, led by pitcher Tayler Misfeldt (4-2, 2.76 ERA) and outfielder Jenna Curtan (.471, team-leading 12 runs). They finished 28-24 and tied for fifth in the Big West last season.

SCOUTING NEW MEXICO: The Lobos are 2-8 so far with half of their losses against ranked opponents. Three of Chelsea Johnson's team-leading six hits have been for extra bases.

SCOUTING MONTANA: The Grizzlies (1-9) won the Big Sky Tournament last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they competed at the Seattle Regional. Shortstop Delene Colburn (.393) is their top hitter.

ON DECK: GW's home opener arrives next Wednesday, Feb. 28. The Colonials are scheduled for a doubleheader against crosstown foe Howard, starting at noon. Next weekend, they will be headed to the South Carolina Classic in Columbia, S.C.

WATCH THIS: Hear from head coach James DeFeo, Costlow and Draper ahead of the Amy S. Harrison Classic.



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