GW Softball Splits With Mount St. Mary's
Valos Drives in Three in 5-3 Win in Nightcap
March 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team split a doubleheader with Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus, falling in the first game, 7-1, before winning the nightcap, 5-3, in six innings.
The first game of the afternoon was scoreless through three innings, but Mount St. Mary's (7-8-1) struck for five runs on four hits in the fourth. GW (5-15-1) got one back in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by freshman Megan Linn, but the Mount scored twice in the sixth on a double by Lindsey Ruhle to make it 7-1.
Sophomore Meghan Rico took the loss after allowing five runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Senior Courtney Martin took over in the fourth and was charged with two runs on four hits in the final 3.1 innings of work. Nicole Pagano (6-3) gave up one run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight in the complete game to earn the win.
Freshman Bradleigh Breland went 2-for-3 and scored the Colonials' lone run of the game to lead GW's offense.
The Colonials got on the board early in the nightcap, as Breland led off with an infield single and scored on junior Victoria Valos' second home run of the season over the left field fence. It was the 24th homer of Valos' career, tying former teammate Autumn Taylor ('13) for second all-time at GW.
GW added three more runs in the third, as junior Samantha Dos Santos and Linn each reached on errors to put runners on first and third with one down for Valos, who laced a single to left to drive in Dos Santos with the third run of the game. Linn then scored on a wild pitch, and freshman Jillian Galich plated Valos with a two-out double to center for the 5-0 lead.
The scored remained the same until the sixth, when Mount St. Mary's loaded the bases with two outs. Megan Baker grounded into a fielder's choice to end the shutout, and Holly Buckel singled to right to drive in two more to make it 5-3, but Rico struck out the next batter to get out of the inning, and the game was called due to darkness immediately following the third out to give the Colonials the victory.
Rico (3-6) picked up the win after allowing three unearned runs on just two hits while striking out eight in six innings. Danni Cummings (0-2) surrendered two runs on three hits in two innings to take the loss before giving way to Sam Lichtner, who gave up three unearned runs on four hits in the final three innings.
Valos went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead GW at the plate.
The Colonials return to action this weekend when they host the Capital Invitational, March 14-16.