GW Softball Rolls Wagner, 8-3
Colonials Tie Mount St. Mary's 2-2 in Extra Innings
March 9, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team used big production from the top of its order to cruise past Wagner, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Colonials Tournament at GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. Later in the day, the Colonials tied Mount St. Mary's, 2-2, in eight innings.
The first four batters in GW's lineup combined for eight hits in 15 at-bats, six RBIs and four runs scored in the first game of the day against Wagner. Freshman Mary Wiley was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the offense, while freshman Megan Linn was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and a steal. Junior Victoria Valos was also 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
The Seahawks struck first in the top of the third on a one-out RBI single by Kelsey Parker, but senior Courtney Martin escaped a bases loaded jam by striking out the final two batters of the inning.
GW (4-14-1) responded in the bottom of the frame with a pair of RBI singles to take a 2-1 lead, then blew the game open with five runs on five hits - all with two outs - in the fourth to go up 7-1.
With a runner on third base and two down, junior Samantha Dos Santos got the Colonials' rally started with a single up the middle, then stole both second and third. Freshman Megan Linn, rookie Bradleigh Breland and Valos followed with three straight doubles to make it 6-1 and chase Wagner starter Gina Massaro, and Wiley greeted reliever McKaleigh Goodale with a single to drive in the fifth run of the inning.
GW got its final run in the bottom of the sixth when freshman Marissa Mangini legged out an inside-the-park home run after her hit got past Wagner's diving left fielder.
The Seahawks scored twice in the seventh on a home run by Parker and an RBI single by Hayley Sullivan, but sophomore Meghan Rico fanned the final batter of the game for the 8-3 victory.
Rico (2-5) earned the win after allowing two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out five in 3.2 innings in relief of Martin, who gave up one run on one hit with six walks and four strikeouts in the first 3.1 innings. Massaro took the loss after giving up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work, while Goodale was charged with one run on two hits and a walk in the final 2.1 innings.
Five of GW's 10 hits in the game went for extra bases.
In the nightcap, Mount St. Mary's took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Holly Buckel, but GW scored twice in the third to go up 2-1 on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Linn.
The Mount tied it with two outs in the fourth when Megan Baker stole third and came home on an errant throw.
The score remained knotted at 2-2 after seven despite each team threatening in their half of the inning, and neither team was able to score in the eighth before darkness forced the game to end in a 2-2 tie.
Rico was strong in the circle, tossing six innings in relief and allowing just one unearned run on three hits and three walks while striking out six. Martin started the game and gave up a run on four hits and three walks in the first two innings.
GW and Mount St. Mary's meet again in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m. at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.