Valos' Three-Run Blast Lifts GW Softball Past Rhode Island, 9-8
Colonials Extend Program-Best Win Streak to Eight
April 19, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I. - Sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos hit her 11th home run of the season and drove in a career-high five runs as the George Washington softball team extended its school-record win streak to eight with a 9-8 victory over Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island on Friday afternoon at a rainy URI Softball Complex.
Valos, the reigning A-10 Player of the Week, went 3-for-4 and finished a single shy of the cycle. Her 11 home runs match her own single-season program record set last year. Senior Amanda Zakeri went 2-for-3 with two steals and two runs scored.
GW (19-17, 6-3 A-10) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on back-to-back RBI doubles by Valos and senior center fielder Autumn Taylor in the first inning, and the Colonials added two more in the second when junior right fielder Chelsea Lenhart and sophomore catcher Samantha Dos Santos each singled and scored on wild pitches.
URI (9-25, 2-8 A-10) scored twice in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch to slice its deficit in half, but GW got the runs back in the fourth. Senior Kristi Saporito led off the inning with a pinch-hit double, advanced to third on one wild pitch and later scored on another. Zakeri followed with a walk and stole second to set up Valos, who tripled into the gap in right-center to make it 6-2.
The Rams scored three runs in the fifth to pull within 6-5, as center fielder Kelly Coker plated two with a single and a third run crossed the plate on a two-out error. The Colonials again responded in the top of the sixth, as Valos followed a single and an error with a three-run homer to give GW a 9-5 lead.
URI would not go away, however, rallying for three runs in the final two innings. Catcher Taylor Archer led off the sixth with a home run and shortstop Courtney Prendergast drove in another with a groundout. In the seventh, designated player Ashley Olson followed a leadoff single with an RBI double to make it 9-8 before GW junior hurler Courtney Martin nailed down the win by getting the next three batters in order.
After allowing two runs in the first three innings but leaving too early to earn the victory, Martin returned for the final two frames and picked up her third save of the season. In all, she was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out five, while freshman Meghan Rico (12-7) got the win after giving up five runs (four earned) on three hits in two innings. She walked five and struck out four.
Sam Bedore (5-11) took the loss for the Rams. She gave up eight runs (six earned) on nine hits and five walks while striking out four in five innings of work. Erika Szymanski tossed the final two innings and allowed one run on one hit.
The Colonials and Rams meet again on Saturday. With more rain in the forecast after Friday's stop-and-go contest, the start time for Saturday's game has been pushed back an hour to 1 p.m.