GW Softball Stays Hot for Two More Wins at Capital Invite

Freshman Megan Linn was 5-for-8 with two doubles, three RBIs and two steals on Saturday.

March 15, 2014

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team used strong pitching and timely hitting to increase its win streak to five games with victories over Manhattan and Saint Francis on Saturday afternoon on the second day of the Capital Invitational at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

GW (9-15-1) improves to 8-1-1 in its last 10 games after defeating Manhattan, 6-1, and Saint Francis, 6-2.

Freshman Megan Linn led the Colonials' offense on the day, as she went 5-for-8 with two doubles and three RBIs and was also 2-for-2 on the base paths.

In the first game of the day, sophomore Meghan Rico and Manhattan starter Danielle Gabriel were locked in a pitcher's duel for five innings. Linn broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth with a double to left to drive in freshman Marissa Mangini.

After walking the first batter of the game, Rico retired 13 straight Jaspers before allowing two hits in the fifth inning. Manhattan (3-8) got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth with a sacrifice fly by Andi Stallard to tie the game.

The Colonials, however, broke the game open with five runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore Morgan Matetic broke the tie with a two-run double, and junior Samantha Dos Santos beat out a bunt single to put runners on first and third for freshman Bradleigh Breland, who singled up the middle to drive them both in for a 5-1 lead. Breland then stole third and scored on a single by Linn.



Rico retired the first two batters of the seventh before allowing a two-out double, but she struck out the next batter to end the game as GW won, 6-1.

Rico (5-6) allowed just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four in the complete game win. Gabriel (1-1) was charged with six runs (two earned) on eight hits in six innings in the loss.

Linn went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead GW at the plate, while Matetic and Breland also drove in two runs apiece.

GW took an early 1-0 lead in the nightcap against Saint Francis, as freshman Mary Wiley led off the second with a double and scored on a single by sophomore Carlee Gray two batters later.

Saint Francis (11-4) scored twice in the fourth to go up 2-1, but GW tied it in the fifth on a solo home run by junior Victoria Valos, her third of the season and the 25th of her career. She moves past former teammate Autumn Taylor ('13) into sole possession of second place on GW's career list, one behind all-time leader Jackie Yaniga ('08).

Like in the first game of the day, the Colonials broke the game open in the sixth, using four hits and an error to score four runs. Dos Santos got the inning started when she reached on an error with one out. Mangini then singled and senior Alexandra Del Prete brought them both home with a triple to give GW a 4-2 lead. Linn followed with a single to make it 5-2, and after a Valos double put runners on second and third, Wiley lifted a sacrifice fly to left to account for the 6-2 final score.

Senior Courtney Martin (4-9) earned the win after allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings. Ketarah DeVries (4-1) took the loss in relief, as she gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits in one inning of work. Alexis Bower started the game for the Red Flash and was charged with two runs on seven hits in five innings.

The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they conclude the Capital Invitational with one game against Brown at 12:15 p.m.

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