GW Softball Ends Skid with 5-4 Win Over North Dakota State
Gray Drives in Winning Run in Eighth
Feb. 21, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman first baseman Carlee Gray went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs, including the winning score in the top of the eighth inning, as the George Washington softball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over North Dakota State on the first day of the Carolina Classic hosted by the University of North Carolina.
GW (2-5) took a quick 1-0 lead in the first when senior Julie Orlandi doubled with one out and came around to score on Gray's first RBI single of the day, but the Bison went ahead, 2-1, in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double by third baseman Amanda Grable.
The Colonials regained their lead with three runs in the second without the benefit of a hit. GW loaded the bases on a walk and two hit batters, and all three runners scored on a wild pitch and two passed balls. North Dakota State (5-6) got one back in the bottom half of the frame when designated player Alex Sorbero walked with the bases loaded.
GW maintained its 4-3 lead until the Bison rallied with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
Playing under international tiebreaker rules, the Colonials started the inning with a runner on second and Gray came through with her second RBI single of the game to give the Colonials a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Grable led off the inning with a groundout, but after recording the out, Gray threw to third to get the runner trying to advance for the second out of the inning, which proved critical as the next batter, Maritza Lopez-Portillo, doubled. Following a walk to first baseman Alyssa Reina, catcher Jenina Ortega singled to right field, but GW junior right fielder Chelsea Lenhart threw Lopez-Portillo out at home to end the game.
Junior Courtney Martin (1-2) earned her first win of the season after allowing just one run on five hits and striking out a career-high eight batters in six innings in relief. Whitney Johnson took the loss after surrendering the winning run in her only inning of work following five shutout innings of relief by Tabby Bayers.
Gray and Orlandi each went 2-for-4 to pace GW at the plate, and Gray drove in two runs. Three different batters picked up two hits for the Bison.
The Colonials return to action on Friday, when they face Iona at 1:30 p.m. on the second day of the Carolina Classic. With rain expected in Chapel Hill, check back to GWsports.com and follow @GW_Softball on Twitter for any schedule updates.