GW Softball Sweeps Saint Louis in A-10 Doubleheader
Colonials Finish Weekend 3-1, Even A-10 Record at 3-3
April 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team used strong pitching and timely hitting to sweep Atlantic 10 rival Saint Louis in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials won the first game, 3-1, then took the nightcap, 5-2.
GW (14-17, 3-3 A-10) finishes the weekend 3-1 after splitting a two-game series with A-10 newcomer Butler on Friday and Saturday.
Sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos led the Colonials offensively, going 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored on the day. Senior center fielder Autumn Taylor went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and senior designated player Amanda Zakeri went 3-for-5 with three stolen bases and two runs scored. Freshman first baseman Carlee Gray drove in a team-high three runs on the day.
GW took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1. With runners on first and third after Zakeri walked and Valos singled, Gray executed a suicide squeeze bunt to drive in the first run of the game, and Valos advanced to third for Taylor, who laced a single to left to make it 2-0.
Taylor hit another RBI single in the third to again plate Valos for the Colonials' third run of the game.
Junior Courtney Martin lost the shutout bid in the top of the seventh when Saint Louis (14-16, 2-4 A-10) scored an unearned run on an RBI groundout by shortstop Jessica Van Nostrand to account for the 3-1 final margin.
Martin (6-10) allowed six hits and walked just one while striking out nine in the complete game victory.
Brianna Lore (7-11) took the loss for Saint Louis after giving up three runs on six hits and two walks in 2.1 innings of work. Laney Kneib tossed a perfect 3.2 innings in relief.
Valos and Taylor were both 2-for-3 in the game. Valos scored twice, while Taylor drove in a pair. The Billikens were led by a 2-for-4 effort from center fielder Jessica Buschjost.
The Colonials again took an early lead in Game 2, loading the bases with one out in the first inning for Gray, who drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly.
Valos led off the third inning with her second home run in as many days and her eighth of the season, a blast off the top of the right field fence. Taylor followed with her second triple of the weekend, and Gray drove her in with a single to left to make it 3-0. Another run came home when senior second baseman Julie Orlandi reached on an error, giving the Colonials a 4-0 lead.
Valos put GW up 5-0 in the fourth with an RBI single up the middle to drive in Zakeri, who beat out an infield single to lead off the inning then stole second.
Saint Louis scored its two runs in the top of the fifth as right fielder Erin Harcar led off the inning with a double and scored on a one-out single by left fielder Katie Kroeger. The Billikens then loaded the bases for designated player Laura Bohning, who lofted a sacrifice fly to center to make it 5-2.
Freshman Meghan Rico (8-7) struck out a career-high 11 batters in five innings in the win. She allowed two runs on five hits and walked just one. Martin tossed the final two innings, giving up one hit while striking out two to earn her second save of the season.
Kneib (7-5) took the loss for Saint Louis after allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in three innings. Lore worked the final three frames for the Billikens and surrendered one run on two hits and two walks.
Zakeri and Valos were both 2-for-3 at the plate, while Valos and Taylor each drove in two. Zakeri also stole a pair of bases in the game. Kroeger was 3-for-3 to pace the Billikens offensively.
The Colonials return to action on Tuesday when they visit Mount St. Mary's for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
Make no mistake, Sarah Costlow still gets butterflies in her stomach every time she steps in the circle to pitch.
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