Softball Makes Short Trip To Baltimore For Twinbill at UMBC
Feb. 25, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University softball team makes the short trip to Baltimore to take on University of Maryland-Baltimore County in a 1:00 pm doubleheader Tuesday, February 26. GW (2-3) and UMBC (1-3) met for the first time ever last season, and split a doubleheader played at the Colonials' Mount Vernon Softball Field.
GW has not played in 16 days, at North Carolina's Carolina Classic. Behind senior Jackie Yaniga, The Colonials took fourth place in the five-team tournament, and Yaniga earned All-Tournament Team honors and was later named Atlantic 10 Softball Player of the Week. Yaniga batted .563 for the Classic, including a team best seven runs scored. The Colonials had several hot bats over the weekend and scored a program-record 22 runs in its win over North Carolina Central. In that record-setting game, which they also tied the school record with 20 base hits, redshirt sophomore Elisa Van Kirk and junior Carrie Higdon both drove in a career-high four runs. Van Kirk drove in a team-high eight runs for the weekend as the Colonials batted .398 in the five games. Van Kirk also collected four base-knocks in five games, one more then all of last season. Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Amanda Gabriel also blasted a team-best two home runs. Gabriel had just one base hit in her freshman season as she saw almost all of her time setting GW single-season records in the circle.
UMBC opened the season last weekend at the UNC-Greensboro Spartan Classic, where they went 1-3. The Retrievers seemingly could not get their bats going, as they hit .170 as a team. Sophomore third baseman Emily Thompson and sophomore first baseman Amanda Fefel led the Retrievers' offense on the weekend, as Thompson went 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles and three RBI, while Fefel went 4-for-11 (.364) with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Senior Ashley Gray suffered two hard-luck losses, as she allowed just two earned runs in 12 innings. Despite the losses, Gray was still named America East Pitcher of the Week.
George Washington took the opener of the twinbill last season, 5-4, in nine innings and UMBC won the nightcap, 5-2, in six frames. The second game was called early due to darkness. In Game One, the Retrievers held a 4-1 lead after three innings, but the Colonials tied it up with a three-run sixth, with RBIs by Higdon and Caroline Howe. Chrysanthi Halkiotis' pinch-hit bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth won the game for the Colonials. Amanda Gabriel went the full nine innings for GW in the circle to record the victory.