GW Softball Wins Twice on Day Two of Colonials Tournament
Colonials Defeat Binghamton, Howard Behind Solid Pitching, Big Innings
March 8, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team picked up a pair of wins on the second day of the Colonials Tournament, defeating Binghamton, 5-2, and Howard, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW (3-14) received solid pitching efforts from senior Courtney Martin and sophomore Meghan Rico, as each allowed just one earned run in seven innings. At the plate, freshman Mary Wiley went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and rookie Megan Linn was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, four runs scored and her first career home run.
All of the scoring in Game 1 occurred in the fifth, as Binghamton scored twice in the top of the inning, but GW responded with five in the bottom of the frame.
Jessica Bump led off the top of the fifth with a walk and stole second, then scored when Sydney Harbaugh reached on an error. After another walk and a double steal put runners on second and third, Mikala King reached on another error to plate the Bearcats' second run.
After escaping the jam in the top of the inning, GW scored five times on three hits and a pair of Binghamton errors in its half of the fifth. Sophomore Carlee Gray led off the inning with a single and Martin reached on an error. Freshman Madi Myers-Cook advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, and the first run scored on a passed ball that allowed junior Samantha Dos Santos to reach following a strikeout. Linn then singled to tie the game, and following a fielder's choice that loaded the bases, junior Victoria Valos walked to drive in the go-ahead run.
The Colonials were not done, however, as Wiley singled to left to drive in Linn with the fourth run of the game then stole second, forcing an error by the Bearcats' catcher which allowed Valos to score to make it 5-2.
Martin (2-9) allowed just one hit in the final two innings and struck out the final batter of the game with a runner on second base to preserve the 5-2 win. She allowed four hits and struck out four in the complete game. Annika Weisinger took the loss for the Bearcats after giving up five runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings.
Linn led off the nightcap with her first career home run, and Wiley made it 2-0 in the third with an RBI groundout.
The Colonials then struck for four runs in the fourth. Gray was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Myers-Cook followed with a single, then stole second to put runners on second and third. With one out, Dos Santos reached on a fielder's choice, plating Gray with the third run of the game and Linn walked to reload the bases for freshman Bradleigh Breland, who reached on an error to make it 4-0. Valos then lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Dos Santos and Wiley singled up the middle to bring home Linn and give GW a 6-0 lead.
Howard scored its lone run of the game in the top of the fifth on a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Inaya Norman, but Rico escaped the jam with a strikeout to end the inning and neither team scored again as GW picked up the 6-1 victory.
Rico (1-5) allowed one run on six hits while striking out five in the complete game to earn her first win of the season. Dominique Lawrence took the loss after giving up six runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in four innings of work. Ashley Turner tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Bison, allowing just one hit.
GW concludes the Colonials Tournament on Sunday with games against Wagner at 11:15 a.m., and Mount St. Mary's at 3:45 p.m.