GW Softball Wins Slugfest, 11-7, Over Temple
April 6, 2012
AMBLER, Pa. - The George Washington softball team smashedfive home runs, including two by junior Tara Fogarty, and defeated Atlantic 10 rival Temple,11-7, for its second straight conference victory.
Fogarty went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. All three of her hits went for extra bases, as she added a double to her pair of home runs. Senior Lauren Wilson, junior Autumn Taylor and freshman Victoria Valos also homered for the Colonials, who have combined to hit seven home runs in the last two games.
Wilson finished 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Valos went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in. In all, five Colonials recorded multiple hits and seven scored at least one run.
Temple (16-15, 4-2 A-10) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Wilson blasted a two-out three-run homer in the top ofthe second to put GW on top, 3-2. Valos then led off the third with another round-tripper, and after Taylor was hit by a pitch, Fogarty knocked her first one out of the park to give the Colonials (11-23, 2-4 A-10) a 6-2 advantage.
The Owls responded with a three-run shot by catcher Stephanie Pasquale in the bottom of the inning to pull within one, but GW scored twice in the fourth to go back up by three, 8-5.
Temple would not go quietly, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth on a sacrifice fly and a solo homer by left fielder Christina Sykora to again make it a one-run game, 8-7, heading to the final frame.
The Colonials later tacked on three insurance runs with two outs in the seventh, as Taylor laced her eighth home run of the season over the right field fence, and Fogarty followed with her second homer of the day for a 10-7 lead. Senior Kara Clauss and freshman Samantha Dos Santos followed with back-to-back singles, and athrowing error on senior Amanda Zakeri's grounder to third allowed GW's 11th run of the game to score.
Sophomore Courtney Martin retired the side in order in the seventh to seal the 11-7 victory.
Clauss (8-15) allowed seven runs - five earned - on seven hits in six innings of work to earn the win. Temple starter Jessica Mahoney (3-2) lastedjust 2.1 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, and suffered the loss.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they visit A-10 rival Saint Joseph's for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.