GW Softball Drops Two on Final Day of Spartan Classic
Colonials Open Home Slate on Tuesday Against Delaware State
Feb. 23, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The George Washington softball team dropped a pair of games to 2013 NCAA qualifiers Army and Hampton on Sunday on the final day of the UNC Greensboro Spartan Classic.
Army took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a one-out RBI single by Kasey McCravey, but GW responded in the bottom of the inning. Senior Courtney Martin led off with a double to left and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Marissa Mangini. Freshman Megan Linn then lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Martin with the tying run.
The Black Knights, however, grabbed a 4-1 lead in the fifth when Marah House hit a two-out three-run home run. The Colonials rallied in the bottom of the seventh, as freshman Jillian Galich led off with her first career homer to make it 4-2. GW proceeded to load the bases with two outs but was unable to do any further damage in the 4-2 loss.
Sophomore Meghan Rico was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out three in three innings in relief of Martin, who allowed one run on four hits and three walks in the first four innings. Kristen West (1-2) earned the win for Army. She gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the complete game effort.
Linn went 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Colonials offensively.
GW took an early 1-0 lead in the nightcap against Hampton, as freshman Madi Myers-Cook singled to left field with one out, advanced to second on a sac bunt by sophomore Maura Murphy and scored when senior Alexandra Del Prete reached on an error.
A two-run triple by Margaret Wilkins with one out in the third gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead which they would not relinquish, as Hampton scored once in the fourth and four times in the fifth to defeat the Colonials, 7-1.
Rico allowed seven runs on nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings to take the loss. Martin retired all four batters she faced in relief. Jailynn Jackson (3-3) allowed one unearned run on three hits and four walks while striking out three to earn the complete game win.
The Colonials return to action on Tuesday when they open their home slate against Delaware State. First pitch from GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Make no mistake, Sarah Costlow still gets butterflies in her stomach every time she steps in the circle to pitch.
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