GW Softball Splits with Dayton on Senior Day

Tara Fogarty hit two home runs and drove in five in Game 1.

April 21, 2012

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

WASHINGTON - Junior Tara Fogarty hit two home runs in the first game and senior Heidi Penna tossed a three-hit shutout in the nightcap as the George Washington softball team split a doubleheader with Atlantic 10 rival Dayton on Saturday afternoon at GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Flyers won the opener, 6-5, with a seventh-inning rally, but GW bounced back to take game two, 4-0.

Prior to the first pitch, the Colonials recognized Penna and her classmates - Kara Clauss, Jordyn O'Donnell, Jillian Stanley, Lauren Wilson, Jamie Yaniga and Amanda Zakeri - in a Senior Day ceremony.

Fogarty went 2-for-3 and drove in all five runs in the first game. After three scoreless innings, Dayton (19-24, 6-7 A-10) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run double by pinch hitter Tiffany Ricks. But GW (18-27, 8-8 A-10) responded in the bottom of the inning, as Fogarty hooked a shot just inside the left field foul pole with two outs and junior Julie Orlandi on first base to tie the game.

The score remained 2-2 until the bottom of the sixth, when Orlandi walked and junior Autumn Taylor doubled off the right field fence with one down to set the stage for Fogarty's second blast of the day, this one to dead center field to give the Colonials a 5-2 advantage.



But the Flyers rallied in the seventh, using four hits and a costly GW error to score four runs and take a 6-5 lead. With runners on first and second and one out and one run already in, Dayton right fielder Kathleen Maloof hit a hard liner off Clauss' lower leg to not only load the bases but force the pitcher from the game. Penna came in and struck out the first batter she faced before first baseman Brandy Brown laced a double to left-center field to clear the bases and put the Flyers on top.

The Colonials were unable to rally in the bottom of the inning, as the visitors held on for the 6-5 win.

Clauss (11-17) was charged with all six runs (three earned), as she allowed 10 hits but did not walk a batter and struck out three in 6.1 innings of work. Kayla English (9-7) picked up the win for Dayton, despite surrendering five runs. She held GW to just six hits in seven innings and struck out six.

Penna and the Colonials bounced back in the nightcap to earn a 4-0 win. Penna (3-1) allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out six in her first career shutout. GW had just five hits in the game but was able to capitalize on four Dayton errors.

The Colonials took a 1-0 lead in the second when Taylor led off with an infield single, stole second and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Chelsea Lenhart.

GW maintained its one-run lead until the fifth, when the Colonials used three hits and two Dayton errors to score three runs. Junior Sandi Moynihan and Zakeri hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning and force a Dayton pitching change. Wilson then reached on an error to load the bases, and freshman Victoria Valos singled to center for a 2-0 advantage. Then with two outs and the bases still loaded, Wilson scored on a passed ball, and Valos came in behind her when Dayton catcher Courtney Kutsulis threw the ball away to make it 4-0.

Sarah Wedel (5-4) took the loss for the Flyers after giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out three.

The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they host local rival George Mason at 3 p.m. in their home finale at GW Softball Field. The Colonials and Patriots have split a pair of games already this season, including a 7-5 GW win in Fairfax two weeks ago.

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