GW Softball Cruises Past Mount St. Mary's in Doubleheader
Colonials Extend Win Streak to Five
April 9, 2013
EMMITSBURG, Md. - The George Washington softball team used a five-run inning in each game to cruise to a doubleheader sweep of Mount St. Mary's in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at Our Lady of the Meadows field. The Colonials took the first game, 8-2, then won the nightcap, 5-1.
GW (16-17) extended its win streak to five games. The Colonials have outscored their opponents, 25-7, in that span.
Freshman Carlee Gray went 4-for-8 with three RBIs to pace GW offensively. Senior Autumn Taylor and junior Chelsea Lenhart also drove in three runs apiece, while senior Amanda Zakeri reached base in six of her nine trips to the plate, scoring three runs and stealing a pair of bases.
GW jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning in Game 1. Zakeri walked to lead off the game, stole second and scored on a single up the middle by senior Tara Fogarty, who later scored on Gray's RBI single three batters later.
The Colonials added a run in the third on an RBI groundout by sophomore Victoria Valos after Zakeri again led off the inning with a walk and stole second base.
Mount St. Mary's (10-24) pulled within one in the bottom of the sixth when two runs scored on a single by third baseman Cat Clifford to make it 3-2.
But the Colonials exploded for five runs on six hits - all with two outs - while taking advantage of a pair of Mount St. Mary's miscues in the top of the seventh to break the game open. Fogarty got the rally started with a double and scored on a single by Valos. Taylor followed with her fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field to give GW a 6-2 lead. Then, with runners on second and third following singles by Gray and sophomore Samantha Dos Santos, Lenhart plated two more with a single to center.
Junior Courtney Martin (7-10) allowed two runs (one earned) on nine hits to earn the complete game win. She walked just one and struck out nine. Danni Cummings (1-5) surrendered all eight runs on 10 hits and three walks in the loss for the Mount.
Valos drove in two runs in the game to give her 33 RBIs on the year, matching the program's single-season record.
The Colonials picked up where they left off at the start of Game 2, scoring all five runs in the top of the first inning. With the bases loaded and none down after three straight walks, Taylor lofted a sacrifice fly for the first run of the game, and Gray followed with a double to make it 3-0. With one out, Lenhart doubled to center to drive in Gray for a 4-0 lead, and senior Julie Orlandi plated the fifth run with an RBI single.
The Mount scored its lone run on a bases loaded walk in the fourth, but GW freshman starter Meghan Rico escaped the jam without any further damage with a strikeout and a groundout.
The Colonials loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but were unable to add to their 5-1 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Mount St. Mary's shortstop Holly Buckel hit a leadoff single, but the game was called due to darkness.
Rico (9-7) allowed one run on just three hits, struck out eight and walked seven in six innings. Mount St. Mary's starter Hayley Stankan (1-10) took the loss. She was charged with three runs on three walks without recording an out in the first inning. Cummings then gave up two runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning before Nicole Pagano closed out the game, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out eight in 6.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they host Atlantic 10 rival St. Bonaventure in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. Prior to the game, GW will recognize all softball alumni in attendance as part of the program's 10th anniversary celebration.