GW Softball Opens Capital Invitational with 9-7 Win over Akron
Heart of Colonials' Lineup Combines for Seven Hits, Six RBIs
March 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team jumped out to a 9-3 lead and held on as Akron scored four runs in the seventh to defeat the Zips, 9-7, on the first day of the Capital Invitational.
GW (8-11) has won three in a row and five of its last six contests.
The third, fourth and fifth hitters in the Colonials' lineup - sophomore Victoria Valos, freshman Carlee Gray and senior Autumn Taylor - combined to go 7-for-10 with six RBIs and four extra-base hits.
Akron (10-10) took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first when first baseman Alissa Birkhimer doubled in Shawna Hochstetler. After going down in order in the first, GW tied it up in the second when Gray was hit by a pitch and scored when junior Chelsea Lenhart reached on an error.
The Zips regained the lead in the top of the third, as Hochstetler led off with a double and eventually scored on a two-out GW error, but the Colonials scored three in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. After the first two batters went down swinging, senior Tara Fogarty and Valos hit back-to-back singles, and both came around to score on a double by Gray. Taylor then followed with a double of her own to plate Gray and make it 4-2.
GW added another run in the fourth, as sophomore Samantha Dos Santos reached on a three-base error by the Akron center fielder with two outs, and she scored when senior Amanda Zakeri beat out an infield single.
Akron got one back in the top of the sixth on a double by designated player Jessica Schneider to make it 5-3, but the Colonials put together a big bottom half of the inning, scoring four times to take a 9-3 lead. GW loaded the bases with one out for Fogarty, who drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before Valos smashed her third home run of the season over the right field fence.
The Zips had a big inning of their own in the seventh, as Birkhimer walked with the bases loaded and Schneider drove in two with a single to left-center to make it 9-6. Akron then reloaded the bases for catcher Mckenzi Rhodes, who also walked to plate a run, but junior Courtney Martin got the next two batters on a strikeout and groundout to end the game.
Martin (4-6) allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk while striking out six in seven innings. Freshman Meghan Rico was charged with all four seventh-inning runs, as she allowed two hits and two walks without recording an out before Martin re-entered.
Erin Seiler (5-6) took the loss for Akron after giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits. She struck out nine and did not walk a batter. Lisa Lash gave up the final four runs on three hits and a walk in one inning of work.
Valos went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Gray reached base in all four trips to the plate, as she was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and she was hit by a pitch twice.
Hochstetler and Schneider each went 3-for-3 to pace Akron at the plate. Schneider drove in three runs, and Hochstetler scored twice.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they take on Drexel at 1:30 p.m. on the second day of the Capital Invitational. Full tournament schedule with Gametracker and RaiseHigh.tv links can be found here.
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