GW Softball Walks All Over Rhode Island in 5-1 Win
April 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team made the most of its five hits and capitalized on 10 walks in a 5-1 win over Atlantic 10 Conference rival Rhode Island on Friday afternoon at GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials have won five of their last six games.
Freshman Victoria Valos and senior Lauren Wilson combined to drive in all five Colonial runs. Valos went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Wilson walked three times, scored twice, drove in two and stole three bases. In addition, freshman Samantha Dos Santos walked in all four of her trips to the plate and scored two runs.
GW (14-24, 4-5 A-10) had at least two runners on base each inning and stranded 12 in the game.
The Colonials got on the board first when Wilson was issued a bases loaded walk in the second inning. The Rams (16-20, 2-5 A-10) tied it in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by center fielder Brittany Julich, but GW regained the lead in the bottom of the frame on a run-scoring single by Valos to plate Wilson, who had walked for the third time and stole second base.
The Colonials struck for three unearned runs in the fifth, taking advantage of a pair of costly URI errors. With the bases loaded, Wilson drove in a run with a fielder's choice grounder, and two batters later, Valos singled up the middle to score two more for a 5-1 GW lead, which was all the run support senior Kara Clauss would need on the mound.
Clauss (9-16) turned in a strong performance in the complete game victory. She allowed one run on eight hits and struck out three, and also had two hits at the plate to help her own cause.
Sam Bedore (8-7) suffered the loss for Rhode Island after giving up two runs on four hits and seven walks in four innings of work. Cara Martin pitched the final two innings for the Rams and allowed three unearned runs on one hit and three walks.
GW and URI meet again on Saturday in the series finale. First pitch from GW Softball Field is scheduled for 12 p.m.