Six-Run Sixth Sends GW Softball to 9-1 Win at Rhode Island
Taylor Drives in Three as Colonials Win Ninth Straight
April 20, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I. - Senior Autumn Taylor went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run home run to cap a six-run sixth inning, as the George Washington softball team won its ninth straight game, 9-1, in six innings over Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon at the URI Softball Complex.
With her three runs driven in, Taylor matched the school record for career RBIs with 91; Jackie Yaniga originally set the mark from 2005-08. In addition, senior Amanda Zakeri stole three bases to give her 68 steals in her career, matching the program mark originally set by Elana Meyers from 2003-07.
Rhode Island (9-26, 2-9 A-10) scored first on an RBI single by designated player Ashley Olson to drive in shortstop Courtney Prendergast, who had doubled two batters earlier, but that would be the Rams' only run of the game.
GW (20-17, 7-3 A-10) managed just two base runners in the first three innings, but broke out with two runs on four hits in the fourth to take the lead for good. Sophomore Victoria Valos and Taylor led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and freshman Carlee Gray hit the first pitch she saw to right field for the game-tying RBI double. Two batters later, sophomore Samantha Dos Santos laid down a squeeze bunt and Taylor came home with the Colonials' second run.
In the fifth, Valos singled with two outs and scored on Taylor's fourth triple of the season to make it 3-1.
The Colonials then exploded for six runs on five hits in the sixth inning. Another squeeze bunt, this one by junior Alexandra Del Prete, brought home the first run of the inning, and another scored on an illegal pitch. After Zakeri walked and stole second, senior Tara Fogarty made it 6-1 with an RBI single, and Valos drove in the seventh run with a sacrifice fly before Taylor belted her sixth home run of the season to account for the final 9-1 margin.
The Rams threatened in the bottom of the inning, getting two runners on base with just one out, but GW junior hurler Courtney Martin induced a fly ball and a groundout to end the game.
Martin (8-10) earned the win after throwing four scoreless innings in relief, allowing just two hits and a walk. Freshman Meghan Rico started the game and gave up one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three in two innings of work.
Erika Szymanski (4-10) suffered the loss for Rhode Island. She was charged with nine runs on 12 hits and two walks in six innings.
GW's third through sixth hitters in the lineup - Valos, Taylor, Gray and junior Chelsea Lenhart - combined to go 9-for-15, each with multiple hits in the game.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday with a doubleheader at defending Atlantic 10 champion Massachusetts in a rematch of the 2012 A-10 title game. First pitch of Game 1 is set for 12 p.m.