Softball goes 1-3 at UNC-Greensboro Invitational
By: Daniel Stettin
The George Washington Softball Team (3-6) went 1-3 this past week at the UNC-Greensboro Invitational, defeating host UNC-Greensboro 10-1 after dropping the first three games of the weekend. The Colonials struggled in the first three games only putting up 7 total runs before erupting for 10 runs in the final game of the weekend.
In the opener, GW would fall to Longwood 4-3 despite a solid effort on the mound from Junior RHP Sarah Costlow (1-2). Costlow would pitch all 6 innings, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on just 5 hits and 2 walks. GW would get on the board in the top of the second after a home run from Freshman Utility Player Jenna Cone. However, Longwood would respond with two runs in the bottom of the innings giving them a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.
Just a few hours later, GW fell to host UNC-Greensboro 6-2 after Freshman southpaw Kaitlin Buff (1-2) struggled to get through the 5th inning. Buff had a no-hitter going into the 5th but she would give up 6 runs (5 earned) on just 3 hits, 4 walks, and an error. Faith Weber finished the final 1 1/3 innings in relief of Buff and did not give up a run. GW scored both of their runs in the first innings when they started the game off with back to back singles from Alana Anderson and Megan Linn and both would score giving GW a 2-0 lead. UNC-Greensboro scored 6 runs in the 5 inning to give them the lead and the eventual win.
The rematch with Longwood Sunday afternoon did not go well for the Colonials, as they fell to the Lancers 11-2. The two teams put up zeroes in the first four innings before Longwood scored 6 unearned runs in the fifth inning. Sophomore RHP Jayme Cone (0-1) was coasting through the first 4 2/3 innings before giving up 2 baserunners and then the costly error would give Longwood the lead for good. Ashley Pitcher (Very Appropriate Last Name BTW) would come on in relief to get the last out of the 5th and then proceeded to give up 5 runs (4 earned) in the 6th. Offensively, it was another quiet game for GW as they totaled just 4 hits on the afternoon. Faith Weber hit a 2 run pinch hit Home Run in the fifth inning, her first hit and home run as a Colonial, but that wasn’t for the Colonials to rally.
The Colonials would finally get a W in Greensboro after they defeated host UNC-Greensboro 10-1 in their final game of the weekend. Costlow (2-2) was wild but effective for the Colonials in her second start of the weekend going all 5 innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 2 HBP. GW got off to a quick 1 run lead in the top of the first after Senior Megan Linn walked and then scored on a double from Paige Kovalsky. After UNC-Greensboro tied it up in the first, GW responded with 6 runs in the second behind Jenna Cone’s Grand Slam (second homer of the weekend), which gave GW a commanding 7-1 lead that they would not give up.
Overall, the MVP of the weekend offensively for GW has to go to Freshman Jenna Cone for hitting two home runs. She has been the power threat for the Colonials thus far, with 3 home runs, 10 RBI’s, as well as leading the team with a .667 slugging percentage. The pitching MVP definitely goes to Sarah Costlow for her two starts where she went 11 innings and gave up just 3 earned runs. Costlow leads GW in essentially every pitching category.
Next up for the Colonials will be the home opener this upcoming weekend in the GW Colonial Classic. There will be 6 GW games starting this Friday at 1 pm vs Quinnipiac. There will be double-headers Friday through Sunday so look out for a bunch of GW softball this weekend. WRGW Live Coverage of GW Softball will begin this weekend for the opener vs Quinnipiac and will continue throughout the weekend.