Hot Bats Lift GW Softball to Pair of Wins at Capital Invite
Colonials Beat Saint Francis, Manhattan
March 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - Junior Victoria Valos had five hits and freshman Megan Linn drove in five to lead the George Washington softball team to a pair of wins over Saint Francis and Manhattan on Friday afternoon on the first day of the Capital Invitational at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW (7-15-1) defeated the Red Flash, 10-8, in nine innings, then beat the Jaspers, 8-4, in the nightcap to improve to 6-1-1 in the last eight games.
Valos was 5-for-8 with three doubles and three RBIs in the two games, while Linn was 3-for-8 with five RBIs and two runs scored. Sophomore Morgan Matetic had a career day, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs, and she also walked three times and scored three runs, and freshman Bradleigh Breland was 3-for-9 with two triples and five runs scored.
GW led Saint Francis (10-3) for six innings, but the Red Flash tied the game with two runs in the top of the seventh to force extra innings. After a scoreless eighth inning, SFU scored a run in the top of the ninth to take its first lead of the game, 8-7, but Linn blasted a walk-off three-run home run over the right field fence to lift the Colonials to a 10-8 victory.
GW took a 1-0 lead in the first on back-to-back two-out doubles by Valos and freshman Mary Wiley, then added three runs in the third to go up 4-0 on a two-run double by Valos and a single by Wiley.
The Red Flash tied it with four runs in the top of the fourth, the big blow a bases loaded triple by Lindsey Reid. The Colonials, however, regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, as Matetic walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Samantha Dos Santos, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on an infield single by freshman Marissa Mangini.
Matetic made it 6-4 in the fifth with a two-out RBI double, and after the Red Flash got the run back in the top of the sixth, Linn added a sacrifice fly in the bottom half to give GW a 7-5 lead. SFU manufactured a pair of runs in the seventh to tie the game at 7-7 and send the game to extra frames, eventually setting the stage for Linn's heroics and the 10-8 win.
Senior Courtney Martin (3-9) allowed one unearned run in two innings in relief to earn the win. The third of three Red Flash pitchers, Ethel Santai (2-2) took the loss after giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits in three innings.
Wiley went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Colonials offensively, while Linn was 2-for-2 with four RBIs and Breland scored a team-high three runs.
Manhattan scored in the top of the first in the nightcap, but GW exploded for six runs on six hits in the second to take control of the game. Freshman Jillian Galich and sophomore Carlee Gray led off the inning with back-to-back singles before a Matetic double and Dos Santos single plated both runners to take a 2-1 lead. Mangini reached on an error to drive in Matetic with the third run of the inning, and Breland hit her first of two triples in the game to score two more. Valos completed GW's scoring with a suicide squeeze bunt to bring home Breland for the 6-1 lead.
The Jaspers got one run back in the third, but Matetic responded with her first career home run in the bottom of the inning, a solo shot with one out, to make it 7-2. Then in the fourth, Breland led off with her second triple and Linn drove her in with a single for the 8-2 lead. Manhattan scored twice in the sixth, but it was not enough to overcome their deficit and the Colonials won, 8-4.
Sophomore Meghan Rico (4-6) earned the win in relief. She gave up two runs on four hits and struck out eight in 4.2 innings of work. Manhattan starter Amy Bright was tagged with the loss, as she surrendered six runs (five earned) on seven hits in two innings.
Valos went 3-for-4 and Matetic and Breland each had two hits, two runs and two RBIs to lead GW at the plate.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday with rematches against Manhattan at 2 p.m. and Saint Francis at 4:15 p.m. on the second day of the Capital Invitational.
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