GW Softball Splits Doubleheader at La Salle
Orlandi, Fogarty, Zakeri Record Three Hits Apiece
April 24, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - The George Washington softball team split a doubleheader with Atlantic 10 rival La Salle on Wednesday afternoon at the Explorers' West Campus Field. The Colonials took the first game, 7-4, before dropping the nightcap, 6-4.
GW (23-18, 10-4 A-10) extended its program-best winning streak to 12 in Game 1 before the loss in the second game brought it to an end.
Seniors Tara Fogarty, Julie Orlandi and Amanda Zakeri collected three hits apiece to pace the Colonials' offense on the day. Fogarty also walked three times, reaching base in six of her nine plate appearances and scoring twice, while Zakeri scored three runs after also walking twice.
GW scored six runs in the first four innings in Game 1 before La Salle could make a dent on the scoreboard. The Colonials scored their first run with one out in the first inning when sophomore Victoria Valos reached on an error, which allowed Zakeri to score from second base.
Valos again reached on an error in the third inning, which scored Fogarty from first after a leadoff walk. GW then loaded the bases with two outs, and Orlandi drove in the third run of the game with an infield single.
Zakeri led off the fourth with a single, stole second base and scored on a single by Fogarty, who in turn crossed the plate when Valos doubled to right field, giving the Colonials a 5-0 lead. Valos scored GW's sixth run on an RBI groundout by junior Chelsea Lenhart three batters later.
La Salle (15-27, 3-15 A-10) ended the shutout in the fifth, loading the bases with three straight two-out singles and scoring twice with back-to-back walks to cut its deficit to 6-2.
The Colonials added an insurance run on a passed ball in the top of the sixth to make it 7-2, but the Explorers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh on a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to account for the final 7-4 margin.
Junior Courtney Martin (10-10) earned the win for GW. She was charged with four runs on five hits and five walks in six innings. Freshman Meghan Rico worked the last inning for the Colonials, walking two without giving up a run.
Alicia Aughton (8-15) went the distance for La Salle and took the loss after giving up seven runs (four earned) on eight hits and six walks.
The Explorers struck first in Game 2, scoring twice in the bottom of the first on a home run by shortstop Megan Hodgson. The Colonials got one back in the second on an RBI single by sophomore Samantha Dos Santos, slicing their deficit in half, but Hodgson struck again in the third with another two-run homer to make it 4-1.
GW again pulled within one in the fifth, scoring twice on a pair of errors by La Salle, but the Explorers responded with two in the bottom of the inning to go up 6-3.
The Colonials rallied in the seventh, scoring a run when Valos walked with the bases loaded to make it 6-4, but they were unable to get any closer.
Rico (13-8) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on four hits and three walks in two innings. Martin relieved her in the third and allowed two runs on seven hits in the final four frames.
Mary Cate Scott (7-8) gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks while striking out five to earn the complete game victory for La Salle.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they visit Atlantic 10 rival Dayton for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.