GW Softball Extends Win Streak With Doubleheader Sweep of St. Bona
Valos Hits Two Home Runs, Drives in Five
April 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - Sophomore Victoria Valos hit two home runs and drove in five as the George Washington softball team extended its win streak to a school-record seven with a doubleheader sweep of Atlantic 10 rival St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials won the first game, 7-5, in dramatic fashion, then claimed an 8-0 six-inning victory in the nightcap.
Valos went 4-for-5 on the day to pace the Colonials at the plate. Her five RBIs in the two games give her a program-record 38 on the season; the previous mark of 33 had been accomplished three times, including by Valos in 2012. In addition, with 10 home runs on the year, she is one shy of her own school record of 11, also set last season.
GW (18-17, 5-3 A-10) scored twice in the bottom of the first to take a quick 2-0 lead in Game 1. The Colonials jumped on top early with an RBI single by senior Autumn Taylor and a sacrifice fly by freshman Carlee Gray after seniors Amanda Zakeri and Tara Fogarty led off the game with back-to-back walks.
St. Bonaventure (5-31, 2-12 A-10) went up, 3-2, on a two-out three-run homer by center fielder Ashley Snider in the top of the third, but the Colonials took the lead right back in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Valos singled and scored the tying run on a triple by Taylor, who then came home on Gray's single to make it 4-3.
The Bonnies knotted the score at 4-4 in the fifth when shortstop Emily McDonough singled to left and scored when the ball got past a fielder and rolled all the way to the fence. Valos responded with a lead-off homer, her ninth of the season, over the left field fence in the bottom of the inning, to put the Colonials back on top, 5-4.
A sacrifice fly by St. Bonaventure catcher Lauren Waite in the sixth again tied the score, and each team went down quietly in their next at-bats. Fogarty then led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk to set the stage for Valos, who smashed her second home run of the game onto the hill above the right field fence to send the Colonials to a walk-off 7-5 win.
Freshman Meghan Rico earned the win after tossing a perfect seventh inning in relief of junior Courtney Martin, who gave up five runs - all unearned - on six hits in six innings of work. She struck out four and did not walk a batter. Carly Bilchak (4-11) suffered the loss for St. Bonaventure after giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks in six innings.
The heart of the Colonials' lineup - Valos, Taylor and Gray - combined to go 6-for-9 with all seven RBIs and four runs scored. Valos alone was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Snider paced the Bonnies with a 2-for-4 effort and three RBIs, while McDonough went 2-for-3 and scored twice.
Rico (11-7) tossed a gem in the nightcap, allowing just two hits and striking out nine in her fourth shutout of the season.
An RBI single by Valos in the first gave GW an early 1-0 lead, and a two-out, two-run single by Gray made it 3-0 in the third.
The Colonials then scored three times in the fourth to go up 6-0. After two hits and an error loaded the bases with no outs, Zakeri was hit by a pitch to drive in one run, and Fogarty and Taylor each hit sacrifice flies.
After a quiet fifth inning, GW again loaded the bases in the sixth and scored one run on an error for a 7-0 lead. Valos then stepped to the plate with the bases still loaded and picked up her second game-winning RBI of the day when she was hit by a pitch to give the Colonials the 8-0 six-inning victory.
Julia Pratt (0-11) took the loss for St. Bonaventure after allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and five walks in 3.1 innings. Alexis Sloat worked the final 1.2 innings and surrendered two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk. Neither pitcher recorded a strikeout in the game, as the Colonials struck out just once the entire day.
Fogarty and senior Julie Orlandi each went 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs, while Valos and Gray drove in two apiece.
The Colonials have the week off before returning to action on Friday when they visit Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island.