GW Softball Swept by Fordham in A-10 Opening Doubleheader
Fogarty Records Three Hits, Two RBIs
March 30, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - The George Washington softball team was swept by host Fordham in its Atlantic 10-opening doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Bahoshy Field. The Rams took the first game, 8-3, then blanked the Colonials in the nightcap, 3-0.
GW (11-15, 0-2 A-10) struck first in Game 1 on a two-out RBI single by senior Autumn Taylor in the top of the third, but Fordham (19-11, 3-2 A-10) quickly tied it in the bottom of the inning on a double by catcher Gabby Leuty.
The game remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the fifth, when shortstop Elise Fortier and Leuty hit back-to-back home runs to give the Rams a 3-1 lead.
The Colonials responded an inning later. With two outs, junior Alexandra Del Prete and sophomore Samantha Dos Santos each singled up the middle and freshman Morgan Matetic walked to load the bases for senior Tara Fogarty, who ripped a double into the left center-field gap to tie the game at 3-3.
Fordham, however, exploded for five runs on five hits in the bottom of the frame to take an 8-3 lead. The big blow in the inning was a three-run homer by Fortier, her second long ball of the game.
GW threatened with three base runners in the bottom of the inning, but was unable to push anything across and fell, 8-3.
Junior Courtney Martin (5-9) allowed eight runs on 11 hits and four walks while striking out five in the loss. Jamie LaBovick (10-7) earned the win after giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and six walks in six innings. Taylor Pirone pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing two hits.
Fogarty, senior Julie Orlandi and junior Chelsea Lenhart each had a pair of hits to lead the Colonials at the plate. Leuty went 3-for-4 and drove in two to pace Fordham's offense, while Fortier was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
Freshman Meghan Rico and Fordham starter Michelle Daubman were locked in a pitchers' duel in Game 2 until the fifth inning, when Leuty's two-out two-run homer broke a scoreless tie and gave the Rams a 2-0 lead. Fordham added a single run in the sixth on an RBI single by second baseman Paige Ortiz to account for the 3-0 final score.
Rico (6-6) gave up three runs on five hits and five walks while striking out three in the complete game loss. Daubman (10-4) also went the distance in the shutout, allowing just four hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
The Colonials return to action on Tuesday when they visit Towson at 3 p.m.