Bats Explode in GW Softball's Doubleheader Sweep of St. Bonaventure
Colonials Win by Combined 26-0 Behind Hot Bats, Strong Arms
April 28, 2012
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The George Washington softball team collected 30 hits, while senior pitchers Kara Clauss and Heidi Penna combined to allow just six in two games, as the Colonials cruised to a doubleheader sweep of Atlantic 10 rival St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field. GW won both games in six innings, earning 17-0 and 9-0 victories.
GW improves to 21-27 on the season, eclipsing the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2007. In addition, the Colonials move to 10-8 in A-10 play, the most conference victories in the 10-year history of the program.
Every Colonial starter had at least one hit on the day, led by juniors Tara Fogarty and Autumn Taylor. Fogarty went 5-for-7 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored, while Taylor was 5-for-8 with a double, a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored. Senior Lauren Wilson had two doubles and a home run among her four hits, and she drove in five while scoring three times.
Wilson and Taylor each hit their 10th home runs of the year, tying Jackie Yaniga's single-season program record set in 2005. The homers were the Colonials' 37th and 38th of the 2012 campaign, matching the school record set by the 2007 squad.
GW took a quick lead in the opener, scoring twice in the top of the first. Wilson led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Julie Orlandi and scored on Taylor's infield single. Fogarty then followed with a double to left-center to drive in Taylor for the 2-0 advantage.
Taylor hit a two-out two-run homer in the third to make it a 4-0 game, then doubled with one out in the fifth and came around to score when sophomore Chelsea Lenhart reached on an error. Junior Sandi Moynihan drove in the sixth run of the contest with an RBI single to center to plate Fogarty, who had reached on an infield single.
The Colonials sent 16 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, as they erupted for 11 runs on 11 hits, with all but one of the runs coming with two outs. Wilson got it going with a lead-off double and later hit a three-run homer to make it 14-0. Orlandi and Lenhart also had two hits apiece in the inning, with Lenhart using her two singles to drive in three runs. Taylor and Moynihan each had RBI singles as well, while junior Kristi Saporito drove in two with a pinch-hit single to center.
Clauss (12-17) tossed her fifth shutout of the season, as she allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out four in the six-inning complete game. Jen Sansano (11-9) took the loss for St. Bonaventure after surrendering 10 runs (eight earned) on 12 hits while striking out six in 5.2 innings of work. Julia Pratt was charged with seven runs on seven hits in one-third of an inning in relief.
GW's 17 runs and 19 hits in the game were all season highs. Taylor went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and four runs scored, while Fogarty was on base in all five of her plate appearances, as she had four hits and walked once. In addition, Wilson was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and she also scored three times.
The Colonial bats were quiet at the start of the nightcap with just one hit through the first two innings, but then came to life in the third, when GW scored four runs on five hits. Freshman Samantha Dos Santos doubled with one out, and senior Amanda Zakeri followed with a bunt single and her 21st steal of the season to put runners in scoring position for Wilson, whose single to left-center plated both runners. The Colonials then loaded the bases for Fogarty, who drove in two more with a base hit to give GW a 4-0 lead.
The Colonials extended their advantage an inning later, using two hits and two costly errors to score three more runs. Lenhart and Moynihan led off the fourth with back-to-back doubles to make it 5-0, and Dos Santos brought Moynihan home with an RBI groundout after a wild pitch. Zakeri was then hit by a pitch and stole second, and she eventually scored when Orlandi reached on an error to put GW on top, 7-0.
After going down in order in the fifth, the Colonials won the game in the sixth with three more hits and another Bonnies' miscue. Moynihan singled to lead-off the inning and eventually scored when Wilson reached on an error. Two batters later, freshman Victoria Valos picked up her first RBI of the afternoon with a two-out single up the middle to account for the ninth and final run of the contest.
Penna (5-1) continued her impressive streak, as she allowed just three base runners on two hits and a walk while striking out six in the six-inning complete game shutout, her second clean slate of the season. She has not allowed an earned run since April 19, a span of 19.2 innings over four appearances.
Diana Phalon (6-11) took the loss for the Bonnies after giving up nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits in six innings.
GW now has a week off before concluding the regular season with a doubleheader at A-10 rival Saint Louis on Saturday, May 5. The Colonials are currently in position to secure their second-ever berth in the six-team Atlantic 10 Championship and first since 2007.