Softball Splits at Under Armour Showcase
CLEARWATER, Fla. --- The Georgia Southern softball team split two games Saturday at the Under Armour Showcase hosted by South Florida. The Eagles defeated George Mason 6-0 in a game continued from Friday and lost 4-3 to Long Island in the nightcap.
GSU moves to 18-14 on the season.
Sophomore Kristan Glover (Evans, Ga.) lost a no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh against George Mason after getting plenty of support from junior Robyne Siliga (Oceanside, Calif.) and sophomore Jenny Side (Loganville, Ga.) who each hit a two-run homer.
Side and Siliga’s round-trippers in the first and third innings, respectively, staked Glover to an early lead. Glover (2-5) struck out six and walked three to get her first shutout of the season and 10th overall for the team, four shy of the school record.
Siliga round-tripper was her sixth of the season and 21st in her three years at Georgia Southern. She passes former teammate Sam Steiner (2003-06) at the top of the career list.
Side added a third RBI on a sacrifice fly. Siliga and sophomore Nina Iduate (Norcross, Ga.) each went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Long Island and Georgia Southern traded two-run rallies in the sixth and seventh innings with LIU getting the final word on a two-out, two-run single.
GSU’s single run in the bottom of the first held up until the LIU half of the sixth. Three walks loaded the bases with two outs for Mariesha Marker who doubled home two to take the lead.
It didn’t last long as the Eagles responded with two runs of their own on a two-out single by freshman Megen Smith (Springfield, Ga.).
The Blackbirds loaded the bases again in the seventh with two outs on a double and two more walks. Vanessa Mejia answered the call with a single through the right side to put Long Island back on top.
Senior Melissa Laliberte (Cobourg, Ontario, Canada) started for Georgia Southern and gave up two runs on five hits and nine walks. Smith (7-4) pitched the seventh and took the loss.
GSU faces Ball State Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Sam Houston State at 11:30 a.m.
- Category: Softball
- Published on Saturday, 15 March 2008 00:04