GW Softball Stumbles on First Day at Coastal Carolina

Junior Julie Orlandi scored two runs in two games for GW on the first day of the Kickin' Chicken Classic, hosted by Coastal Carolina.

Feb. 10, 2012

Box Score

CONWAY, S.C. – The George Washington softball team opened the 2012 season at the Kickin’ Chicken Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., on Friday afternoon, dropping contests to Georgia Southern and nearby foe George Mason.

The Colonials fall to 0-2 on the year and look to bounce back this weekend, as they play three more games over the next two days.

In the first contest of the afternoon, Georgia Southern (1-0) used a four-run third inning and scored three runs in both the fifth and sixth and GW could not recover as the Colonials fell to the Eagles, 11-1.

GSU’s Mackenzie Williams went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while Marla Thomas added two runs and a RBI. Junior Julie Orlandi scored GW’s lone run in the bottom of the fifth off of an Autumn Taylor hit.

After a scoreless first inning from both sides, George Southern got on the board in the second with a run by Williams. After reaching base on an error, Williams was sent home by a double to center field from Andrea Tarashuk.

GW almost answered as it loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Tara Fogarty was walked, sending freshman Samantha Dos Santos to second and Taylor to third, but a groundout double play ended the inning and a solid scoring opportunity.

The Eagles jumped to a 5-0 lead in the top of the third with a four-run inning. Marie Fogle and Tyler Sampson scored off of a Williams double to left field, Kourtny Thomas scored on a sacrifice fly and Williams scored on a Tarashuk single.



GSU added three more runs in the fifth. Nicole Benton – pinch running for Williams, who doubled to right center – came home on a Tarashuk sacrifice fly, and Tabby Douberley hit a home run, sending in Shelby Morrill.

GW got on the board when Orlandi singled to center field and advanced to second on a Chelsea Lenhart single. Orlandi advanced to third when Lauren Wilson was walked and was sent home on a sacrifice hit from Taylor.

The Eagles added three more insurance runs in the top of the sixth with a Thomas homer to left field and two runs by Tarashuk and Williams to conclude the first game of the Kickin’ Chicken Classic.

Opening the game and pitching the first two innings, senior Kara Clauss (0-1) took the loss. She allowed five hits and three runs and struck out one batter. Freshman Chelsey Pedley allowed 11 hits and eight runs in the contest.

In the second contest of the double header, GW dropped a close 5-4 decision to local rival George Mason (1-0). The Colonials got on the on the board first off of a Wilson home run in the first inning and a run by Dos Santos in the second, but George Mason powered back with a two-run second inning and a three-run third to secure the victory.

GW jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Wilson slammed a homer to center field. In the second, Dos Santos, who singled to right field to get on base and advanced on an error, was sent home on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Alexandra Del Prete.

Down 2-0 George Mason answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the second. The Patriots took control of the game in the third, scoring three runs on three hits. GW drove in two runs in the top of the sixth, but the Colonials’ efforts were not enough to overcome the Patriots. Taylor slammed a lead-off home run to open the inning. Sophomore Courtney Martin, who advanced to third on back-to-back walks and a sacrifice fly by Dos Santos, scored GW’s final run off of an Orlandi hit.

Clauss falls to 0-2 on the year after pitching the first two innings. She allowed eight hits and five runs, and struck out one. Martin recorded two strikeouts, while not allowing any hits, runs or errors.

GW faces Marshall on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., followed by a 12 p.m., contest with host Coastal Carolina. Fans can follow live stats for the games by checking the GW softball schedule.

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