Valos' Homer Not Enough in GW Softball's 7-3 Loss to Princeton
March 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - Sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos hit a three-run home run in the first inning, but the George Washington softball team allowed four unearned runs in the decisive sixth inning in a 7-3 loss to Princeton on Thursday afternoon at a frigid GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Freshman starter Meghan Rico struck out the side in the first inning, and the first two GW runners reached base in the bottom half of the frame as senior Amanda Zakeri singled and senior Tara Fogarty walked. Valos then crushed her sixth home run of the season off the top of the stone wall above the right field fence to give the Colonials a quick 3-0 lead.
GW (11-13) would not score again, however, despite having at least one runner on base in all but two innings, including two more in the first before Princeton pitcher Alex Peyton escaped the jam.
The Tigers (11-8) tied the game in the fifth as the first three batters of the inning walked to force a GW pitching change. Junior Courtney Martin induced the first batter she faced to ground out, but one run scored on the play, then Peyton helped her own cause by driving in two with a single to right field to knot the game at 3-3.
The Colonials threatened in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases on an error and two walks, but were unable to produce a run.
Princeton then took advantage of a key two-out error in the sixth to score the go-ahead run. The Tigers added three more as insurance to take a 7-3 lead, with the big hit a two-run double by Peyton.
Martin (5-8) took the loss despite not allowing an earned run. She was charged with four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in three innings in relief. Rico allowed three runs on two hits in the first four innings, striking out five batters.
Peyton (3-3) went the distance in the win, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks with four strikeouts, and she was also 2-for-4 with four RBIs at the plate.
The Colonials open Atlantic 10 play on Sunday with a doubleheader at Charlotte. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.