GW Softball Stays Hot, Wins Twice at Capital Invitational
March 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team continued its hot hitting with a pair of wins on the second day of the Capital Invitational at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials blanked Drexel, 6-0, then defeated Akron, 7-4, for the second time in as many days.
GW (10-11) has now won five in a row and seven of its last eight games.
Freshman Meghan Rico (5-5) turned in a gem against the Dragons (8-15), tossing a one-hit shutout for her fifth win of the season. She did not allow a hit until the seventh inning and walked just two while striking out four.
The Colonials took a 3-0 lead in the first on a three-run blast by senior Autumn Taylor, her fourth home run of the season. GW then added a run in the second when sophomore Samantha Dos Santos doubled home senior Julie Orlandi.
After two scoreless innings, sophomore Victoria Valos led off the fifth with her fourth homer of the year to give GW a 5-0 lead, and the Colonials added a sixth run in the sixth on a double steal, as senior Amanda Zakeri took second and Orlandi came home.
Rico, who had retired 12 of the previous 13 batters she had faced, ran into a bit of trouble in the seventh as a steady rain began to fall. Drexel loaded the bases on a walk, a hit batter and a single by pitcher Shelby Taylor, but Rico got the next three batters to preserve the shutout and the 6-0 win.
Shelby Taylor (4-6) took the loss for the Dragons after giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings.
Autumn Taylor paced GW at the plate with a 2-for-3, three-RBI effort.
GW served as the visitors against Akron, and after the Colonials went down quietly in the top of the first, the Zips scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Third baseman Shawna Hochstetler led off with a double and scored on a suicide squeeze executed by first baseman Alissa Birkhimer. Two more singles loaded the bases for Akron's Cassie Gleisner, who singled through the left side to give the Zips a 2-0 lead.
Akron (11-11) again threatened in the second, but the Colonials made two plays at the plate to cut down a pair of Zips' runners, including an outfield assist by junior Chelsea Lenhart to end the inning.
GW tied the game in the third, as Valos reached on an error to plate Zakeri, and freshman Carlee Gray singled to drive in Valos.
After allowing six hits in the first two innings, junior Courtney Martin settled down to allow just two over the next four frames. The Colonials went down in order in the fourth and fifth innings but took the lead in the sixth on a two-out RBI double by Lenhart.
GW then added four runs on four hits in the seventh to take a 7-2 lead, as Fogarty, Taylor and Valos all picked up RBIs, and Valos' one-out single plated two runs.
Akron made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh, as Hochstetler doubled with one out and eventually stole home as part of a double steal. Then with two outs, right fielder Rachel Ratcliffe beat out an infield single to drive in shortstop Keelia Nester, who had reached on an error, to make it 7-4, but that was as close as the Zips would get, as Martin got the next batter to fly out to end the game.
Martin (5-6) allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits in the complete game victory. She struck out two and did not walk a batter.
Erin Seiler (6-7) took the loss for Akron after giving up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings.
Zakeri and Gray each had two hits to pace the Colonials at the plate. Zakeri also scored twice, while Valos had two RBIs and two runs scored.
Hochstetler went 4-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the Zips, while Ratcliffe and second baseman Kellie Roudabush each had a pair of hits.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they conclude the Capital Invitational against St. John's. First pitch is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.