Softball opens season with 2 wins in Orlando
By: Daniel Stettin
The GW Softball team (2-3) opened up the 2017 season with wins vs Bethune Cookman and Delaware while falling to Providence, LIU Brooklyn, and Stetson in the D9 Orange Blossom Invitational. For first year Head Coach, James DeFeo, the win vs Bethune Cookman was his first at GW.
The Colonials were led by Senior Third Basemen, Paige Kovalsky, who hit .400 while scoring 5 runs and stealing 2 bases. After hitting just .268 (and struggling on the mound with a 5.30 ERA), Kovalsky getting off to a hot start is just what the Colonials needed. Also having a strong opening weekend was Junior Outfielder Alana Anderson, leading GW with 7 base hits across 5 games.
GW struggled on the mound throughout the weekend, giving up 26 runs in the three losses, while giving up just 5 runs in the two wins. Junior Sarah Costlow, who was flat out dominant for the Colonials the past two seasons, really struggled in her initial appearance this weekend but then was on fire in her second appearance. Costlow would give up 9 runs (8 earned) in the opening game vs Providence but would rebound with 5 strong innings in relief of Jayme Cone against Bethune Cookman. Freshman Southpaw Kaitlin Buff also pitched the first complete game of her career when the Freshman pitched 7 innings against Delaware Saturday afternoon, despite giving up 4 earned runs.
Up next for the Colonials is a trip down to Greensboro, North Carolina where GW will play in the UNC-Greensboro Invitational. GW will face both UNC-Greensboro and Longwood twice. The Longwood games will take place Saturday/Sunday morning at 11 AM while the UNC-Greensboro games will take place at 1:30 PM. Longwood will enter the contest at 2-7 while UNC Greensboro sits at 5-4.