GW Softball Earns No. 4 Seed in Atlantic 10 Championship

Amanda Zakeri broke GW's single-season record with her 28th steal of the year.

May 5, 2013

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team earned the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship when it concluded the regular season by dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Saint Joseph's on Sunday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials lost the first game, 5-2, then fell in the nightcap, 2-1.

GW (26-21, 13-7 A-10) will face fifth-seeded Saint Louis on Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship at Elaine Sortino Field on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. The winner will take on Saint Joseph's, which locked up the No. 1 seed, on Thursday at 12 p.m.

The Colonials scored single runs in the first and second inning to take an early 2-0 lead in Game One. Senior Amanda Zakeri led off the bottom of the first with a walk, advanced to second on an error and scored on a single by sophomore Victoria Valos. Then in the second, senior Kristi Saporito hit a pinch-hit single and scored when senior Tara Fogarty reached on an error.

GW took the 2-0 lead into the seventh inning, as the Hawks left seven runners on base in the first six frames, but the visitors got three hits and capitalized on three Colonials' errors to score five unearned runs and go up, 5-2, with the big hits a two-run double by shortstop Nicole Palase and a two-run homer by third baseman Morgan Earling.

Senior Autumn Taylor doubled with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but the Colonials were unable to drive in any runs and fell, 5-2.

Junior Courtney Martin (13-11) took the loss despite not allowing an earned run. Taryn Ashway (26-3) earned the win for Saint Joseph's, as she gave up two unearned runs on eight hits while striking out eight.

Valos and Taylor each went 2-for-4 to lead the Colonials offensively. SJU center fielder Dana Parks paced the Hawks with a 3-for-4 effort.

Game Two was another pitchers' duel. Saint Joseph's took a 1-0 lead in the first on a bases loaded walk, and then neither team scored until Taylor's two-out RBI double in the bottom of the fifth tied the game.

The Hawks, however, took the lead right back in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with two outs for Parks, who beat out an infield single to drive in what proved to be the winning run. The Colonials had runners on base in each of the final two innings but were unable to score.

Freshman Meghan Rico (13-10) took a tough-luck loss, as she allowed two runs on five hits and five walks while striking out seven in six innings of work. Martin pitched a perfect seventh in relief. Liz Mendez (8-5) earned the win after giving up one run on six hits in the complete game.

Taylor and sophomore Samantha Dos Santos each had two hits to pace GW at the plate, and Zakeri recorded her 28th stolen base of the season, breaking her own school record.

Prior to the game, the Colonials honored Fogarty, Saporito, Taylor, Zakeri and senior Julie Orlandi in a Senior Day ceremony.