Valos Ties Career HR Record as GW Softball Splits at Hampton
Junior Hits 26th Career Home Run in 5-4 Game 1 Win
April 16, 2014
HAMPTON, Va. - Junior Victoria Valos equaled the George Washington softball program's all-time home run record as the Colonials split a non-conference doubleheader at Hampton on Wednesday afternoon at Lady Pirates Stadium. GW took the opener, 5-4, before dropping the nightcap, 7-3.
Valos hit her 26th career home run, matching Jackie Yaniga's all-time mark set from 2005-08.
Freshmen Megan Linn and Bradleigh Breland each had three hits and two steals on the day, and Linn added two RBIs. The second baseman has now reached base safely in a program-record 21 straight games since March 11, and she has stolen 22 consecutive bases without being caught, also a school mark.
GW (16-24-1) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in Game 1 and held on as Hampton (16-18) scored four times in the final three innings.
Linn led off the game with a double, stole third and scored on Valos' squeeze bunt. The Colonials added two more in the second on a two-run single by Linn that drove in freshmen Madi Myers-Cook and Marissa Mangini for a 3-0 lead.
Valos hit her record-tying home run to lead off the third inning; it was her fourth long ball of the season. The shortstop later drew a bases loaded walk in the fourth to make it 5-0.
The Lady Pirates scored twice in the fifth and twice in the seventh to pull within one, 5-4, but GW sophomore Meghan Rico struck out the final batter to end the game, stranding the tying run on third base.
Rico (12-12) allowed five hits and struck out five in the complete game victory. Breland went 3-for-4 and scored a run, while Linn was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Valos drove in three.
In the second game it was Hampton which jumped out to an early lead, scoring three times in the first inning. The Colonials scored twice in the top of the fourth on back-to-back RBI doubles by freshmen Jillian Galich and Mary Wiley to pull within one, 3-2, but the Lady Pirates got one back in the bottom of the inning on a one-out RBI single by Kayla DeSchepper for a 4-2 lead.
GW again came within a run on another RBI double by Wiley in the top of the sixth, but Hampton tacked on three insurance runs in the bottom of the frame for the 7-3 win.
Freshman Paige Kovalsky (0-2) got the start and was charged with the loss.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they visit Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's for a doubleheader.