Softball Splits Wild Doubleheader at Rhode Island
Colonials Net Season-High 16 Hits in Game One, Held to Four Hits in Game Two
April 22, 2011
KINGSTON, RI -- With home runs from junior Lauren Wilson, sophomore Sandi Moynihan and two from Chelsea Lenhart, the George Washington softball team defeated Rhode Island 10-9 in nine innings in the first game of the doubleheader. Game two saw the Colonials' late-inning rallies fall short, dropping the game 4-1 to the Rams.
The Colonials (14-22-1, 4-10) got off to a hot start with a lead off single from Lenhart. She advanced to second on a single by Katie Terrazas. Lenhart scored on a passed ball for the first run of the game. Moynihan hit her first home run of the season to left field scoring Terrazas to take a 3-0 lead.
GW added a single run in the top of the second, as Chelsea Curcio drew a lead off walk, stole second base, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Lenhart to center field.
The Rams (6-42, 1-14) put two runs on the board in each of the first and second innings, getting five hits off of GW starter Kara Clauss.
Tara Fogarty scored Autumn Taylor from second on a hit to right center to increase GW's lead to 6-4 in the top of the third. After holding the Rams scoreless in the bottom of the third, GW added another run in the top of the fourth when Lenhart hit a two-run home run, her first of the season.
Rhode Island took the lead in the fifth, 9-6, after getting five runs on four hits and one GW error.
The Colonials answered in the top of the sixth, tying the game at 9-all. Amanda Zakeri took first after being hit by a pitch and trotted around the bases as Lenhart hit her second home run of the game and season. Wilson added her second homer of the season in the next at-bat.
The game went to a ninth inning as neither team could get a runner past second in the seventh or eighth innings. With one out, Clauss tripled down the right field line and scored the game winning run one a URI fielding error.
Clauss got her 10th win of the season in six innings of work, giving up four runs on seven hits, walking and striking out three. Heidi Penna picked up two innings, allowing five runs on four hits, striking out two and walking one. Courtney Martin saw an inning of work, striking out one and walking one.
In the second game, Rhode Island took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, on a solo home run and two errors. The Rams added two more runs for a 4-0 lead in the fifth.
GW had the bases loaded in the sixth but the inning ended on a groundout. Clauss got on base in the top of the seventh to start a second rally for GW. Jordyn O'Donnell drew a pinch hit walk and was replaced on the base paths by Zakeri. Wilson scored Clauss for GW's first run of the game. GW's rally fell short as the game ended on a pop out.
Penna got the start in game two, allowing three earned runs on five hits in four and a third innings of work. She struck out six and walked three URI batters. Martin pitched an inning and two-thirds in relief, striking out one.
The Colonials wrap up the weekend on Sunday, April 24, at Massachusetts for two Atlantic 10 games beginning at 12:00 pm. GW returns home to host George Mason on Wednesday, April 27, with a 4:00 pm first pitch.