Softball Falls to La Salle in Series Finale
Colonials won two of three to take the A-10 series
WASHINGTON - George Washington softball came up short in its comeback effort Sunday, falling to La Salle, 10-8, in the Atlantic 10 series finale.The Colonials scored all eight of their runs over the final four innings, including three in the seventh, and ended the game with the potential tying run on second base. They had already claimed the series victory with a doubleheader sweep Saturday at GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Complex.
GW (26-14, 6-6 A-10) trailed 6-0 when it pushed across its first run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a groundout by Alessandra Ponce. The Colonials plated another in the fifth inning on Priscilla Martinez's two-out RBI single and three more in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run single from Marta Fuentes, to make it 6-5.
After La Salle added four runs in the top of the seventh, GW kept battling. Elena Shelepak led off the seventh with a solo home run to straight away center. It was her seventh of the season to rank second on the team.
Sierra Lange followed with a single and back-to-back RBI doubles from Morgan Rinehart and Ponce cut the deficit to 10-8. At that point, La Salle called on reliever Morgan Orlowski, who retired three of the next four batters to record her first save of the season.
Fuentes finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs scored and her A-10 leading 27th stolen base to lead a 13-hit attack. She finished the weekend hitting .500 (6-for-12) with four runs batted in, four runs scored and three steals at the top of the lineup.
Shelepak, Rinehart and Ponce notched a pair of hits Sunday, as well. Jenna Cone was also among nine Colonials to record a hit, extending her career-best 24-game on-base streak with a first-inning double.
After picking up a pair of wins Saturday, Lange battled her way through 6 1/3 innings in the series finale. The freshman hurler recorded nine strikeouts but also allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on 10 hits to drop to 10-5 on the season. As a hitter, she finished the series hitting .500 (5-for-10) with a pair of home runs and team highs in RBIs (five) and runs (five).
ON DECK: GW hits the road next week with a Wednesday doubleheader at Revolutionary Rival George Mason followed by a weekend series at Dayton. The Colonials will return home to the Mount Vernon Campus on April 28 and 29 with a series against Saint Joseph's for Family Weekend and Senior Day.
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