GW Softball Walks Off with 3-2 Win Over Rhode Island

Junior Autumn Taylor drove in the winning run with a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh.

April 14, 2012

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WASHINGTON - Junior Autumn Taylor's RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and sent the George Washington softball team home with a walk-off 3-2 win over Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

The Colonials, who have won six of their last seven games, even their A-10 record at 5-5 while improving their overall mark to 15-24. The Rams fall to 16-21 overall and 2-6 in league play.

GW got off to a fast start, as three of the first four batters walked before sophomore Chelsea Lenhart smashed a two-run double to deep left-center.

Senior pitcher Kara Clauss was dominant in the early-going as she did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, and the Colonials maintained their 2-0 lead until the sixth, when the Rams used three hits to tie the game. After a leadoff single, Brittany Julich doubled down the left field line to end Clauss' shutout bid. Clauss then got two quick outs before Erica Szymanski's single drove in the tying run.

GW went down in order in the bottom of the sixth, but Clauss made quick work of the Rams in the top of the seventh. Senior Lauren Wilson led off the bottom of the inning and appeared to foul out on a pop-up to first base, but the fielder dropped the ball. Wilson took advantage of her new life by singling through the left side, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Julie Orlandi, which set the stage for Taylor's game-winning heroics.

Clauss (10-16) earned her second straight complete-game victory, as she allowed two runs on just four hits and did not walk a batter while striking out three. Szymanski (3-7) took the loss for the Rams despite not allowing an earned run in 2.2 innings in relief. She allowed just two hits, both in the seventh.

The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they host league-leading Massachusetts in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.