Softball Splits A-10 Opener DH with La Salle
March 17, 2010
WASHINGTON - In game one of the Atlantic 10 opener against La Salle, the George Washington softball team quickly got on the board at the start of the game, stifling the Explorers offense.
In the first inning, starter Kara Clauss struck out the top of the La Salle order, not allowing a hit until the fourth inning. Clauss went on to toss a complete seven inning game for the win, allowing only five hits, one walk and striking out nine.
Amanda Holst found a hole in the left side of the infield to lead of the inning. Julie Orlandi laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Holst. Lauren Wilson reached base on an error by the La Salle third baseman, scoring Holst for the first GW run. On a heads up play, Wilson advanced to third while the Explorers defense was distracted.
Elisa Van Kirk kept the inning going with a walk, with speedster Amanda Zakeri coming in to pinch run. Sandi Moynihan lined a double in to left field, scoring Wilson and advancing Zakeri to third. Clauss grounded out to advance both runners one base, scoring Zakeri.
Eighth batter of the inning, Kristi Saporito, got on base by an error from La Salle's second baseman, allowing Moynihan to score the fourth GW run of the inning.
The Explorers threatened in the top of the sixth, pushing around two runs on three hits in the inning. GW took game one 4-2.
In game two, the Explorers sprinkled two runs in the first and one in the second on GW starter Heidi Penna. La Salle posted two on relief pitcher Clauss in the fifth and kept the Explorers off the base paths in the top of the sixth, earning a ground out and two fly outs.
Autumn Taylor got GW's half of the sixth started, drawing a walk, then advanced to second when Moynihan got on base via an error by La Salle's third baseman. Katie Terrazas hit a pinch-hit single to score Taylor. While Jamie Yaniga was earning a walk, Moynihan stole third with Terrazas moving up a base.
Van Kirk hit her third career double, scoring the second and third runs of the inning and knocking La Salle starter Laura Beth McCreesh. Jillian Stanley laid down a bunt single to move up the runners, scoring one run. Lead off batter Holst singled up the middle to keep the Colonials rotating around the bases, scratching a single run on the board. Orlandi followed up with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Stanley to tie the game at 6-6.
In the top of the seventh, La Salle (3-5, 1-1) put together two hits on one out when Angelina Bisbiglia hit a three-run home run to retake the lead, 8-6.
The Colonials were able to get two runners on in the bottom half of the frame but were unable to get them past second base.
The Colonials (4-12, 1-1) are back in action on Tuesday, March 23 at the Mount Vernon Softball Field, hosting Towson starting at 3 p.m.