GW Softball Splits With St. Bonaventure
Colonials Win Opener, 8-0, Behind 12 Hits, Two Homers
April 13, 2014
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The George Washington softball team split a doubleheader with Atlantic 10 rival St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon. The Colonials won the opener, 8-0, in five innings before dropping the second game by a score of 5-3.
Junior Victoria Valos and sophomore Carlee Gray each went 3-for-5 on the day to lead the Colonials. Valos had a pair of doubles, drove in two runs and scored twice, as she became the fourth Colonial ever with 150 hits in her career. Valos now has 16 doubles on the season, one shy of GW's single-season record of 17 set by Chrysanthi Halkiotis in 2008.
Freshman Megan Linn also had three hits, scored three runs and stole three bases. She has now reached base in a school-record 19 straight games dating to March 11 and stolen 20 consecutive bases, also a program mark.
The opening game was all GW (15-23-1, 2-6 A-10) as the Colonials used 12 hits to defeat the Bonnies in five innings. GW scored two runs in each of the first two innings and four runs in the fourth for the victory.
Linn led off the game with her third home run of the season and two batters later Valos was hit by a pitch and stole second, then came around to score on an RBI single by freshman Jillian Galich.
Junior Samantha Dos Santos opened the second inning with a single and a stolen base, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Linn reached on an error and stole second to put runners on second and third for Valos, who doubled them both home for the 4-0 lead.
Sophomore Morgan Matetic led off the fifth inning with her team-leading fifth home run of the season, and the Colonials proceeded to load the bases on singles by Galich, Gray and senior Alexandra Del Prete. GW scored its sixth run of the game on a wild pitch, and freshman Madi Myers-Cook doubled in two more for the 8-0 win.
Sophomore Meghan Rico (11-12) tossed her third shutout of the season, allowing just three hits and striking out five without walking a batter in five innings.
GW took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first in the nightcap on back-to-back doubles by Valos and Matetic, but St. Bonaventure (5-25, 2-5 A-10) scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to go up 3-1.
The Bonnies scored twice more in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead before the Colonials got two back in the fifth. Myers-Cook tripled and scored on a groundout by Dos Santos, and two batters later Linn singled, stole second and third and scored on a base hit by freshman Paige Kovalsky to account for the final 5-3 tally.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday when they visit Hampton for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
Make no mistake, Sarah Costlow still gets butterflies in her stomach every time she steps in the circle to pitch.
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