GW Softball Splits Action at JMU Invitational
March 17, 2012
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The George Washington softball team opened the second day of the James Madison Days Inn Invitational with a 4-0 loss to Fordham, but the Colonials rebounded in the afternoon and went on to defeat host JMU, 4-2, at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday.
In Game 1, reigning Atlantic 10 champion Fordham (10-14) scored one run in the bottom of the second and added three in the third to blank GW, 4-0. The Colonials (7-15) tallied six hits, including two from Lenhart, but the Rams' defense proved too much for the Buff and Blue.
Lenhart and freshman Victoria Valos both reached base in the top of the second inning with consecutive singles, but Lenhart was caught stealing home with two outs. Freshman Becca Garlinger recorded her first career hit in the top of the sixth, but was called out at second as
Fordham's Michele Daubman held GW scoreless from the mound, striking out two in seven innings pitched.
Senior pitcher Kara Clauss (5-9) suffered the loss after allowing three hits and one run on 12 batters faced in 2.1 innings pitched.
In the second game of the afternoon, GW avenged Friday's 5-4 loss to James Madison with a 4-2 victory over the tournament host. The Colonials used a three-run third inning to take the lead and added an insurance run in the fifth to secure the victory.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, freshman Samantha Dos Santos was walked and junior Tara Fogarty scored. Junior Autumn Taylor then plated senior Amanda Zakeri off a RBI ground out to the pitcher, and
James Madison cut the lead to one in the bottom of the fourth with runs off a sacrifice fly to right field and a sacrifice bunt to third base, but
Clauss secured the win against the Dukes after striking out two and walking none in four innings of work. Freshman Chelsey Pedley earned her first career save after allowing just one hit and striking out one in three innings.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday morning for their final game of the JMU Invitational. GW and