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Softball can’t keep pace with Fordham offense

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Darius Kamshad.

Saturday’s women’s softball double-header with Fordham University marked the opening games of the Colonials’ campaign for the 2014 Atlantic 10 softball championship, but unfortunately, their bats weren’t quite as prepared.

GW would drop both games to the A-10 defending champion Rams, by scores of 2-0 and 10-2.

Despite a tough start to the season, the Colonials had played extremely well as of late, going 10-2-1 over their last thirteen games and bringing a confident atmosphere to the Mount Vernon Campus.

It was a big day for sophomore Megan Rico, who started the first game for the Colonials on the mound. Fordham, however, drew first blood in the top of the third inning, as two Rams doubles led to an early 2-0 lead.

GW had a chance to respond in the bottom half of the frame, getting its first two batters on base, but three consecutive groundouts spoiled the scoring threat.

There was a spot of drama in the top of the fifth when freshman Marissa Mangini nailed a Fordham player at home plate to keep the score at 2-0.

The Colonials would get one more scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth, as sophomores Carlee Gray and Morgan Matetic both walked to begin the inning, but again, the GW bats would leave its runners stranded.

The first game ended by that final score of 2-0, with Rico taking the loss despite going seven strong innings.

The second game started off similarly, with a few scoring chances for the defending A-10 champions and an eventual 3-0 Rams lead by the top of the second inning. In the bottom half of the inning, GW found itself with the bases loaded, but a final ground out by freshman Madi Myers-Cook returned the team to the bench without any runs.

After that, the Fordham lead kept growing as they failed to take their foot off the gas pedal. By the top of the third inning, it was 5-0.

GW got its first runs across in the bottom of the fourth, when Matetic hit a skyrocketing home run to bring in two runs and make it 5-2.

Fordham came right back, though, and regained its control of the game, pushing across two more in the fifth and another three in the sixth and final inning to bring the game to its final score, 10-2.

Gray would lead the team going 2-3, with Matetic’s homerun being the only run support for Rico, who once again took the loss.

Certainly an extremely tough afternoon to stomach for the Colonials, as their bats that had been hot of late, fell silent.

GW will host UMBC this Tuesday before beginning playing a doubleheader against Massachusetts on Saturday.

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