GW Softball Splits Season Finale at URI
Colonials Rally for 7-6 Win in Opener
May 3, 2014
KINGSTON, R.I. - The George Washington softball team rallied for a 7-6 win in the opening game of its season-ending doubleheader at Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials then dropped the nightcap to the Rams, 6-2.
Freshman Paige Kovalsky (1-4) earned the first win of her career in Game 1, as she allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out four in five innings in relief. Freshman Jillian Galich went 3-for-4 in the game and junior Victoria Valos was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman Megan Linn also had a pair of hits - both doubles - in four at-bats.
GW (18-31-1, 4-12 A-10) took an early 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Valos and Galich in the first inning, but the Rams scored five runs on four hits in the third - the big blow a three-run homer by Lauren Klepchick - to go up 5-2.
The Colonials, however, rallied for five runs over the next two innings to take a 7-5 lead. GW put runners on the corners with two outs in the fourth for junior Samantha Dos Santos, whose single brought in one run, and freshman Madi Myers-Cook came home with another on an error by the URI catcher to make it 5-4.
Junior Alexandra Del Prete led off the fifth with a bunt single and Valos followed with her sixth home run of the season and program-record 28th of her career to give the Colonials a 6-5 advantage. The third run of the inning came home when sophomore Carlee Gray reached on an error by the Rams' second baseman.
URI got one back in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI groundout but stranded runners on second and third as GW held on for the 7-6 victory.
GW again scored twice in the first inning of Game 2 as Linn and freshman Bradleigh Breland led off with back-to-back walks and each advanced a base on a double steal to put runners on second and third. Sophomore Morgan Matetic drove in Linn with a groundout, and Breland came home when Galich reached on an error.
Rhode Island (13-32-1, 6-11-1 A-10) tied it in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double by Amy Gleason, then took the lead with three runs in the second to make it 5-2. The Rams then tacked on a run in the sixth for the 6-2 win.
Senior Courtney Martin (4-12) allowed five runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work to take the loss.
After walking in the first inning, Linn ends the season with a program-record streak of reaching base safely in 30 straight games. In addition, her first-inning stolen base was her 30th of the season, setting a new program mark.
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