Gray's Slam Lifts GW Softball to 8-4 Win over Ohio State
Freshman's First Career Homer Highlights Five-Run Sixth
March 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - Freshman Carlee Gray's sixth-inning grand slam broke a 4-4 tie and lifted the George Washington softball team to an 8-4 victory over Ohio State on Wednesday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW (7-11) led for much of the game, but Ohio State (12-8) tied it in the fifth on a double by first baseman Evelyn Carrillo after pinch hitter Jayla Saibene reached on an error, then took the lead in the top of the sixth on a one-out single by center fielder Taylor Watkins.
The Colonials loaded the bases with three walks in the bottom of the inning, forcing an Ohio State pitching change. Senior Tara Fogarty then laced the second pitch she saw through the left side to knot the game at 4-4, and two batters later, with the bases still loaded, Gray smashed her first career home run over the center field fence to put GW back on top, 8-4.
Junior Courtney Martin needed just five pitches to retire the Buckeyes in the seventh and preserve the Colonials' fourth win in their last five games.
GW took a 3-0 lead in the second inning without the benefit of a hit, using five walks and a hit batter. All three runs scored with two outs.
Ohio State loaded the bases in the third, but Martin induced a fielder's choice groundout and two flyouts to escape the jam. In the fourth, however, back-to-back Ohio State singles started the inning and led to two runs on a two-out double by right fielder Caitlin Conrad to make it a one-run game, 3-2.
After the Buckeyes tied it at 3-3 in the fifth on Carrillo's one-out double, GW threatened in the bottom of the inning when senior Autumn Taylor singled and advanced to third when the right fielder misplayed the ball, but the Colonials were unable to bring her home. Ohio State took their only lead of the day, 4-3, in the top of the sixth before Gray's heroics in the bottom of the frame.
The Colonials managed just three hits in the game but walked a school-record 11 times, including three each by seniors Amanda Zakeri and Julie Orlandi. GW's eight runs were scored by eight different players.
Martin (3-6) earned the complete game victory for GW. She allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out three.
Alex DiDomenico (5-2) was charged with three runs on one hit and eight walks in 4.1 innings of relief work in the loss. Kasie Kelly started the game for the Buckeyes and did not give up a hit but allowed three runs on three walks and two hit batters in one inning of work. Olivia O'Reilly finished the game, giving up Fogarty's single and Gray's grand slam. She was officially charged with two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Conrad paced the Buckeyes with a 3-for-3, two-RBI effort at the plate.
The Colonials return to action this weekend, when they host the Capital Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus, with Akron, Drexel and St. John's participating. Tournament schedule, GameTracker and RaiseHigh.tv links can be found here.