GW Softball Sweeps Cornell in Wild Doubleheader
Colonials Score 16 Runs on 18 Hits in Game 2 Win
April 2, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team swept Cornell in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials won the opener, 4-3, before rallying for a 16-14 victory in a wild nightcap.
Freshman Jillian Galich led the Colonials at the plate on the day, going 4-for-6 with three doubles and six RBIs, while junior Victoria Valos was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and five runs scored, and she also walked four times.
GW (13-19-1) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning in Game 1, as freshman Megan Linn walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Valos.
Cornell (8-15) tied it in the third on a solo home run by Michiko McGivney, and the score remained knotted at 1-1 until the sixth, when Galich doubled to the gap in right-center field to drive in two for a 3-1 GW lead.
The Big Red, however, rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh to again tie the game, 3-3, but sophomore Carlee Gray hit a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the inning to lift the Colonials to the 4-3 victory.
Sophomore Meghan Rico allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four in the complete game victory. Sammy Roth (2-4) took the loss in relief after entering at the start of the seventh and surrendering the winning run.
GW and Cornell combined for 30 runs on 29 hits in the nightcap. Every Colonial scored at least one run and six had multiple hits - including four three-hit efforts.
The Big Red scored seven runs in the top of the first, using a pair of three-run doubles and a bases loaded single.
The Colonials, however, got right back in it with six runs on five hits in the bottom of the inning. A leadoff walk by Linn and a single by freshman Bradleigh Breland put runners on the corners for Valos, who laid down a suicide squeeze to put GW on the board. Gray then reached on an error to load the bases and Galich singled to drive in Breland with the second run and Valos scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-3. Freshman Madi Myers-Cook followed with a double to bring home Gray with the fourth run, and junior Samantha Dos Santos lifted a sacrifice fly to right to pull the Colonials within two, 7-5, before Mangini doubled to bring in the sixth run.
GW tied the game in the second on a two-out RBI double by Galich, then took the lead in the fourth. After loading the bases with no outs, Galich drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and Valos again scored on a wild pitch to put the Colonials on top, 9-7.
Cornell regained a 13-9 lead with six runs on five hits in the top of the fifth, including a three-run homer by Lauren Bucolo, but GW responded with five runs on five hits in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. Mangini and Breland each legged out infield singles to put two on for Valos, who singled to right field to drive in one run, and an RBI groundout by Gray made it 13-11. Galich then hit her second double of the game to pull the Colonials within one, and sophomore Morgan Matetic blasted her third home run of the season to dead center for the 14-13 lead.
GW tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Linn after Dos Santos doubled and Mangini singled for a 16-13 advantage, and the Big Red scored one in the top of the seventh to make it 16-14 but stranded the bases loaded.
Rico (9-9) earned her second win of the day, while Alyson Onyon (3-5) took the loss after giving up 15 runs (11 earned) on 16 hits and three walks.
Galich went 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs, while Breland was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Myers-Cook and Mangini were each 3-for-4 and Mangini scored twice. Valos was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and four runs scored, and she also walked twice.
The 16 runs and 18 hits were the most the Colonials have recorded since a 17-0 win at St. Bonaventure on April 28, 2012, in which they had 19 hits.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they conclude their five-week homestand with a doubleheader against Atlantic 10 rival La Salle beginning at 12 p.m.