Colonials Drop Pair at UMass
April 24, 2011
AMHERST, MA - The George Washington softball team took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game against Massachusetts on Sunday, but was unable to close the door. The Colonials (14-24-1, 4-12 Atlantic 10) fell in eight innings 5-4. In game one, UMass (22-15, 10-3 A-10) defeated the Colonials 6-0.
After Autumn Taylor hit a double in second inning of game one, and was pushed over to third by a Tara Fogarty sacrifice bunt, the Colonials didn't get another batter on base until Lauren Wilson drew a walk in the fourth.
The Minutewomen got three more runs off of starter Heidi Penna and reliever Courtney Martin. Penna threw five innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, striking out five and walking four. Martin recorded one inning in relief, allowing one run on two hits and struck out one.
The Colonials jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the Minutewomen in the second inning of game two. Taylor kicked the inning off with a single up the middle and moved over to third on a bunt by Tara Fogarty. Kara Clauss hit in Taylor with a single to right for the first GW run of the inning.
Katie Terrazas tried to start another big offensive inning for the Colonials in the third after getting a lead off single. Fogarty sacrificed Terrazas to second but she was left stranded.
Clauss, game two starter, held UMass to three hits until the sixth inning, when the Minutewomen put together three hits and a walk to cut GW's lead in half, 4-2.
UMass tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. GW got a two-out double from Taylor in the top of the eighth, but was left on base.
Clauss faced three UMass batters in the bottom of the eighth, giving up three hits, and dropping to 10-12 on the season.
The Colonials head back to Mount Vernon Field to take on George Mason on Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00 pm, looking to sweep the season series. The Colonials defeated the Patriots 6-5, at Mason on April 13. GW will host Saint Louis for two games on Saturday, April 30 with first pitch at 12:00 pm.