GW Softball Splits Pair with Saint Joseph's
Wilson Homers Twice in Game One Win
April 7, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Senior Lauren Wilson homered twice and drove in four runs in a 12-4 five-inning victory for the George Washington softball team in the first game of a doubleheader at Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's on Saturday afternoon, but the Colonials' bats went cold in a 6-1 loss in the nightcap.
Freshman Victoria Valos went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored on the day to pace GW at the plate, while Wilson was 3-for-6 with four RBIs and four runs scored.
After not recording a hit in the first two innings of game one, the Colonials (12-24, 3-5 A-10) batted around in the third and scored four runs. Wilson led off the inning with her first home run of the day, and junior Julie Orlandi and Valos followed with a double and single, respectively, and both runners came around to score on a throwing error by the Saint Joseph's third baseman. Freshman Samantha Dos Santos drove in the final run of the inning with an infield single.
The Hawks (13-19, 5-3 A-10) got two back in the bottom of the inning, but GW sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth, pounding out eight runs on seven hits to take control of the game.
Wilson doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a single by Orlandi. Valos followed with an RBI double, which made it 6-2, and after an error put runners on first and third, junior Tara Fogarty successfully executed a squeeze bunt, which plated Valos with the Colonials' seventh run of the game.
Dos Santos and junior Kristi Saporito drove in the next two runs with a double and single, respectively, and after senior Amanda Zakeri walked, Wilson smashed her second homer of the day, a three-run shot to give GW a 12-2 lead.
Saint Joseph's right fielder Maria Ficca hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 12-4, but that was as close as the Hawks would get, despite loading the bases in the fifth, as GW sophomore Courtney Martin struck out the side to end the game.
Martin (2-5) allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out four in the five-inning complete game. Erin Gallagher took the loss for the Hawks after giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Lauren Pembleton surrendered the other eight runs (four earned) on six hits in two-thirds of an inning.
The top three batters in GW's lineup - Wilson, Orlandi and Valos - combined to go 8-for-11 with six RBIs and seven runs scored.
The Colonials did not fare as well in game two, as Saint Joseph's starter Taryn Ashway held them to one run on just five hits - all singles.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by second baseman Bernadette Moran, then added three in the second on four hits.
The Colonials cracked the scoreboard in the third inning when Valos came through with a two-out RBI single to make it a 4-1 game, but they managed just two hits the rest of the way.
Saint Joseph's, meanwhile, added to its lead in the bottom of the inning on a leadoff home run by catcher Lauren Rendon, then tacked on an insurance run in the sixth on Moran's second run-scoring double of the game.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they visit local rival George Mason at 4 p.m.