GW Softball Splits Doubleheader with Seton Hall
Colonials Score Season-High 10 Runs in Nightcap
March 10, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team split a doubleheader with Seton Hall on Sunday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials dropped the first game, 3-2, before winning the nightcap, 10-2, in six innings. The games were part of UMBC's Dawg Pound Invitational.
After three quiet innings, GW (6-11) struck first in Game 1 as freshman Carlee Gray led off the fourth with a double, advanced to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Autumn Taylor. Sophomore Samantha Dos Santos made it 2-0 in the fifth with her first career home run, a solo shot over the left field fence.
The Pirates (9-7) rallied to take the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth, with the big blow coming via a two-out, two-run single by left fielder Colltey Sheldon.
The Colonials got runners on in each of the final two innings, but were unable to tie the game and Seton Hall came away with the 3-2 victory.
Junior Courtney Martin (2-6) took the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk. She struck out 10 in seven innings. Danielle DeStaso (7-1) gave up two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out five in the complete game win for Seton Hall.
Four different players accounted for the Colonials' four hits. Sheldon went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to pace the Pirates offensively, while DeStaso helped her own cause with a pair of hits, as well.
GW's bats came to life in Game 2 as the Colonials scored in all but one inning and finished with a season-high 10 runs on 11 hits.
Senior Amanda Zakeri walked to lead off the first inning and eventually came around to score on an RBI single by sophomore Victoria Valos, who also made it 3-0 in the second with a two-run double.
The Colonials added another run in the inning as senior Tara Fogarty scored on a passed ball. Then in the third, Dos Santos successfully executed a squeeze play to give GW a 5-0 lead.
Seton Hall scored twice in the fourth on a two-out, two-run single by right fielder Sara Haefeli. But the Colonials responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-2 advantage. Zakeri again led off the inning with a walk and eventually scored on an error, and Gray and junior Chelsea Lenhart each had RBI singles in the frame.
GW ended the game with two runs in the sixth as Valos and Gray hit back-to-back doubles and Taylor drove in the winning run with a single down the left field line.
Freshman Meghan Rico (4-5) earned the win for GW. She allowed two runs on two hits and four walks in four innings of work. Martin gave up two hits and struck out two over the final two innings. Jen Metzger (2-6) took the loss for Seton Hall after allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks in 1.2 innings. Brooke Richards and DeStaso combined for the final 3.1 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits.
Valos went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, two doubles and two runs scored to lead GW at the plate. Gray, Taylor and Lenhart also had a pair of hits for the Colonials. Gray drove in two, and Zakeri scored a game-high three runs.
Center fielder Yasmin Harrell was the only Pirate with multiple hits, as she went 2-for-3 in the game.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday when they host Ohio State at 1 p.m. at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
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