Taylor Powers GW Softball to Sweep of Mount St. Mary's
Senior Hits Three Home Runs, Drives in Seven
March 9, 2013
WASHINGTON - Senior Autumn Taylor hit three home runs and drove in seven to lead the George Washington softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Mount St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials won the first game, 9-1, in six innings, then took the nightcap, 6-2. The games were part of UMBC's Dawg Pound Invitational.
The Colonials (5-10) collected 18 hits on the day, led by sophomore Victoria Valos' 5-for-7, three-RBI effort, and Taylor, who went 4-for-6.
GW scored seven runs in three innings before Mount St. Mary's (1-11) got on the board in the first game. Senior Amanda Zakeri walked to lead off the bottom of the first and eventually scored on a passed ball, and Taylor drove in Valos with a single to center to give the Colonials an early 2-0 lead.
Senior Julie Orlandi led off the second with a single and came around to score on Zakeri's RBI base hit to make it 3-0, but the Colonials broke it open with four runs in the third, as the first three batters of the inning singled to load the bases for Taylor, who blasted a grand slam down the left field line for the 7-0 lead.
The Mount scored its lone run of the game in the fourth on a one-out homer by third baseman Cat Clifford.
The Colonials posted their first scoreless frame in the bottom of the inning, but Taylor led off the fifth with her second homer of the day, and Valos ended the game in the sixth with a one-out RBI single for the 9-1 win.
Junior Courtney Martin (2-5) allowed just one run on five hits and a walk in the complete game win. She struck out a career-high 11 batters, including five of the first seven hitters she faced.
Nicole Pagano (1-6) took the loss for the Mount after giving up five runs on five hits in two innings of work before giving way to Danni Cummings, who surrendered four runs on six hits over the final 3.1 innings.
Taylor was a perfect 3-for-3 with six RBIs in the game, matching the school record set by Hilary King in 2007. In addition, she became the 11th player in program history to hit two home runs in one game; senior Tara Fogarty was the last on April 21, 2012, at Dayton. Valos also had three hits in the game, going 3-for-4 and scoring twice.
Clifford led the Mount with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate.
GW took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap, as Valos walked and came around to score on a wild pitch.
After two quiet innings, the Colonials exploded for four runs in the fourth. GW loaded the bases with one out for Fogarty, who singled down the left field line to drive in two. Valos then followed with a two-run double to center to give GW a 5-0 advantage.
Mount St. Mary's scored both of its run in the fifth. Right fielder Kendra Hayward led off the inning with a bunt single and came around to score when the next batter, Marissa Mayes, reached on a throwing error. Mayes then scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Clifford to make it 5-2.
The Colonials got one run back in the bottom of the inning as Taylor led off with a home run, her third of the day, to account for the 6-2 final score.
Freshman Meghan Rico (3-5) earned the win after allowing just two unearned runs on two hits. She walked six and struck out four. Hayley Stankan (0-3) took the loss for the Mount after giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits and six walks in 3.1 innings. Pagano allowed one run over the final 2.2 innings.
Valos paced the Colonials' offense in the game, as she went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they host Seton Hall in a doubleheader at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus as part of UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational.