GW Softball Splits Doubleheader With Colgate
Junior Victoria Valos Breaks Career Doubles Record
March 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - Junior Victoria Valos became GW's all-time doubles leader as the George Washington softball team split a doubleheader with Colgate on Thursday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Raiders won the first game, 3-1, but the Colonials rebounded with a 9-1 five-inning victory in the nightcap.
With two doubles in the game - the 33rd and 34th of her career - Valos tied and surpassed Chrysanthi Halkiotis ('08) as GW's all-time record holder. It is the second career mark the junior has broken this week, as she took over the career lead in RBIs from former teammate Autumn Taylor on Sunday.
Colgate took an early 1-0 lead in Game 1 when Mariel Schlaefer hit a two-out solo home run in the second inning, but GW (11-16-1) tied it in the fourth as freshman Marissa Mangini beat out an infield single to lead off the inning and scored on Valos' first double of the day.
The Raiders, however, quickly regained the lead when Katie Bushee homered with one out in the fifth, and Colgate added an insurance run in the top of the seventh for the 3-1 win.
Brigit Ieuter (3-6) allowed one run on seven hits to earn the win for Colgate, while GW sophomore Meghan Rico gave up three runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in the loss.
Valos and Mangini each went 2-for-3 to lead the Colonials at the plate.
The Raiders again took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of Game 2 when Haley Fleming singled with the bases loaded.
The Colonials rallied for two runs on four hits in the fourth to take their first lead of the day. Freshman Mary Wiley led off with a single, and after a sacrifice bunt by freshman Jillian Galich, sophomore Carlee Gray singled to left and an error by the Colgate left fielder allowed the tying run to score. After a passed ball, sophomore Morgan Matetic singled down the left field line to drive in the go-ahead run, giving GW a 2-1 lead.
GW then broke the game open with six runs on three hits and four walks in the bottom of the fifth to ultimately win the game by virtue of the eight-run rule. After Wiley walked with one out, Galich reached on an error by the center fielder which allowed Wiley to score. Gray then singled and Matetic walked to load the bases, and junior McKinley Tretler and freshman Madi Myers-Cook each walked to plate the Colonials' fourth and fifth runs of the game. Mangini followed with a two-run single to make it 7-1, and freshman Megan Linn drove in another with an RBI groundout to bring up Valos, who laced her record-breaking double off the fence in left-center field for the game-winning run as GW won, 9-1.
Rico (7-7) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in relief, allowing just two hits while striking out four, to earn the win. Megan Carnese (1-4) gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits in 4.1 innings to take the loss, while Gillian Murray was charged with six runs (four earned) on a hit and four walks in one-third of an inning.
Mangini went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to lead GW's offense in the game. She finished 5-for-6 on the day.
The Colonials open Atlantic 10 play on Saturday when they host defending champion Fordham for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.