GW Softball's Late Rally Falls Short in 10-8 Loss to Temple
Colonials Face Saint Joseph's on Sunday in Battle for A-10 Regular-Season Title
May 4, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough as Temple held on for a 10-8 victory on Saturday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW (26-19, 13-5 A-10) will conclude the regular season on Sunday with a doubleheader against Saint Joseph's, which defeated Fordham on Saturday to regain first place in the Atlantic 10 standings. The Colonials are currently in second place, one game behind the Hawks (15-5) and percentage points ahead of the Rams (14-6) and Owls (14-6), who are tied for third and face off in a doubleheader on Sunday.
Trailing 10-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, GW rallied for five runs on five hits and sent 10 batters to the plate. The Colonials loaded the bases with no outs on two hits and a walk, and sophomore Victoria Valos ripped a two-run single to right center field to make it 10-5 and force a Temple pitching change. Senior Autumn Taylor greeted Kelsey Dominik with a grounder back to the circle, and the new pitcher attempted to get the runner at the plate, but senior Tara Fogarty knocked the ball out of the catcher's glove for the third run of the inning. Freshman Carlee Gray then drove in another run with an infield single, and after two outs, senior Julie Orlandi lined a base hit to left to pull the Colonials within two, 10-8. That was as close as GW would get as Dominik induced a grounder to end the game.
Temple (29-23, 14-6 A-10) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by catcher Stephanie Pasquale. Third baseman Devynne Nelons led off the fourth with a home run and the Owls added two more runs in the inning to go up 4-0.
The Colonials got on the board in the bottom of the fourth as Valos doubled with one out and scored on a single by Taylor. After a base hit by Gray put runners on first and third, Taylor came around to score on an RBI groundout by junior Chelsea Lenhart, slicing GW's deficit in half, 4-2.
Dominik, who started the game at first base, crushed a three-run home run in the sixth to give Temple a five-run cushion, but Taylor led off the bottom of the inning with a long ball of her own to make it 7-3.
The Owls responded with three more runs - all unearned after a one-out error - to go up 10-3 before the Colonials' five-run rally in the bottom of the inning.
Freshman Meghan Rico (13-9) took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four in three innings. Junior Courtney Martin worked the final four frames and was charged with eight runs (four earned) on nine hits. She walked two and struck out four.
Jessica Mahoney (8-10) earned the win for Temple despite giving up seven runs on eight hits in six innings. She walked three and struck out seven. Dominik surrendered the final run on two hits in the seventh.
Taylor went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored to pace the Colonials' offense. The heart of the order - Valos, Taylor and Gray - combined to go 6-for-11 with six RBIs and five runs.
Pasquale led the Owls with a 4-for-5, three-RBI effort, while center fielder Ali Robinson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.