GW Softball Climbs to First in A-10 With 5-3 Win Over Temple
Martin Limits A-10's Top-Hitting Team to Five Hits
May 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team took over first place in the Atlantic 10 standings with a 5-3 win over Temple on Friday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW improves to 26-18 on the season, setting a new program record for most wins in a season. With Saint Joseph's (14-5) loss to Fordham (14-5) on Friday, the Colonials move into first place in the league standings with a 13-4 mark, percentage points ahead of the Hawks and Rams and one game ahead of the Owls (13-6) with three to play.
Temple (28-23, 13-6) entered Friday's contest as the top offense in the Atlantic 10, but junior Courtney Martin (13-10) limited the Owls to just five hits and took a shutout into the seventh inning. She struck out eight batters in the complete game victory.
GW took a 3-0 lead in the second when junior Chelsea Lenhart led off with a triple and scored on a single up the middle by senior Julie Orlandi. Senior Amanda Zakeri and sophomore Victoria Valos also had RBI base hits in the inning.
Junior Alexandra Del Prete made it 4-0 with a two-out single in the fourth, which drove in freshman Carlee Gray, and the left fielder came through with another two-out RBI base hit in the fifth to extend the Colonials' lead to 5-0.
Martin allowed just three hits through the first six innings, but she lost her bid for her second career shutout when Temple center fielder Ali Robinson hit a two-run home run with two outs in the seventh, and shortstop Sarah Prezioso followed with a solo shot over the right field wall to make it 5-3. After walking cleanup hitter Stephanie Pasquale, Martin induced a groundout to end the game and nail down the win.
Kelsey Dominik (13-6) went the distance and took the loss for Temple. She allowed five runs on 11 hits and struck out five.
GW got production from the bottom of the order in the game, as sophomore Samantha Dos Santos, Orlandi and Del Prete combined to go 6-for-8 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
The Colonials and Owls meet again on Saturday at 12 p.m. at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.