GW Softball Drops Two One-Run Games on First Day of Colonial Classic
March 1, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team fell in a pair of one-run games to Dartmouth and Bucknell on the first day of the Colonial Classic at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials dropped a 3-2 decision to the Big Green before falling to the Bison, 4-3, in eight innings.
Junior Courtney Martin cruised through the first three innings of game one before allowing a leadoff home run to second baseman Hillary Hubert in the fourth to give Dartmouth a 1-0 lead. The Colonials responded in the bottom of the inning, as sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos smashed her second homer of the season to tie the game with GW's first hit of the contest.
After a scoreless fifth for both teams, the Big Green scored twice in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead. Dartmouth (4-2) loaded the bases with one out for designated player Katie McEachern, who singled to right field to drive in one run, and another scored on an overthrow.
The Colonials (3-9) rallied in the seventh, as senior third baseman Tara Fogarty singled and senior center fielder Autumn Taylor doubled to put runners on second and third with one out. Freshman Morgan Matetic came on to pinch hit and drove in Fogarty with GW's second run on a groundout, but the Colonials were unable to push across the tying run and Dartmouth held on for the 3-2 win.
Freshman Meghan Rico (2-4) suffered the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and five walks in three innings in relief. Martin allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out five in four innings. Kristen Rumley (4-1) earned the win for the Big Green. She allowed two runs on four hits and struck out eight in the complete game.
No batter had more than one hit for either team, as each squad managed just four hits in the game.
Bucknell (2-7) loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning of the nightcap, but Rico struck out the side to escape the jam.
GW eventually took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Fogarty stole second base and Valos, who was on third, scored on an ensuing throwing error.
The Bison went ahead with three runs in the top of the fifth. First baseman Erin Cox drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, and catcher Cheyanna Young plated two more with a single.
The Colonials rallied to tie it in the fifth, as junior right fielder Chelsea Lenhart smacked a two-run single to right, and neither team was able to score again over the final two frames, sending the game to extra innings.
Playing under international tiebreaker rules, the Bison started with a runner on second base. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to third, pinch hitter Mallory Lyons drove her in with an RBI single through the left side. In the bottom of the inning, the Colonials also used a sac bunt to move the runner to third base, but they were unable to push the run across and dropped the 4-3 decision.
Martin (1-5) suffered the loss after surrendering one run on three hits in 3.1 innings of relief. She struck out three and did not walk a batter. Rico tossed the first 4.2 innings for the Colonials, allowing three runs on three hits and six walks while striking out seven. Dana Nielsen (1-2) earned the win for Bucknell, hurling 2.2 perfect innings in relief of Amanda Fazio, who gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks in 5.1 innings of work.
GW again managed just four hits by four different batters, while Bucknell's six hits were also by six different players.
The final game of the day between Bucknell and Dartmouth was suspended in the top of the third inning due to darkness and will be completed later this weekend.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they face the Big Green in a rematch at 1:30 p.m. on the second day of the Colonial Classic. Prior to the game, Dartmouth will take on Seton Hall at 11:45 a.m. The Pirates will close out the afternoon against Bucknell at 3:15 p.m.