GW Softball Advances in A-10 Championship With 2-1 Win Over Dayton
Colonials Rebound From 4-2 Loss to Saint Louis in Opener
May 8, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Courtney Martin tossed a four-hitter and sophomore Samantha Dos Santos came up with a two-run single to lead the fourth-seeded George Washington softball team to a 2-1 win over No. 6 Dayton on a soggy first day of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, the Colonials fell to No. 5 Saint Louis, 4-2, at Sortino Field on the campus of the University of Massachusetts.
GW (27-22) is scheduled to play again on Thursday at 3 p.m., weather permitting. The Colonials will face the lower-seeded loser of Thursday's first two games, which pit No. 1 Saint Joseph's against the Billikens and No. 2 Fordham against No. 3 Temple.
Martin (14-11) allowed four hits and four walks and struck out seven in the complete-game effort against the Flyers. She returned to the circle for the seventh inning after a 49-minute rain delay and battled through soggy conditions to nail down the 2-1 victory.
Martin and Dayton starter Kayla English were locked in a pitchers' duel for four innings, allowing just one hit each before the Flyers struck first when shortstop Jordan Jennings launched a solo home run over the left field fence in the top of the fifth.
The Colonials fought back in the bottom of the inning. Senior Amanda Zakeri walked to lead off the frame and senior Tara Fogarty reached on an error, and they each advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Victoria Valos. Senior Autumn Taylor walked to load the bases, and after a popup, Dos Santos grounded a single up the middle to drive in Zakeri and Fogarty for a 2-1 lead.
The rain, which began to fall in the third, picked up in the bottom of the sixth, forcing a delay. The game resumed 49 minutes later, but the rain again became heavy in the top of the seventh as Dayton loaded the bases with two outs. Martin, however, buckled down to get the final out of the inning and hold on for the 2-1 win, eliminating the Flyers (22-24) from the tournament.
English (9-11) took the tough-luck loss. She was charged with two unearned runs on three hits and six walks while striking out four in six innings of work.
In the first game of the day, Saint Louis (27-21) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning as a pair of GW errors led to two unearned runs. The Billikens then added two more runs on four hits in the third, chasing Martin from the game. Freshman Meghan Rico came in and slammed the door on Saint Louis, escaping a bases loaded jam and continuing on to toss five scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit and three walks to keep the Colonials in the game.
GW, however, struggled against SLU starter Brianna Lore, managing just one hit through the first three innings. The Colonials finally got to Lore in the sixth as Valos doubled with two outs to drive in Zakeri, who reached on an error, and Taylor followed with a single to plate Valos, slicing the deficit in half. Taylor reached third base after an error and a passed ball, but she was stranded there as a groundout ended the inning and GW went down in order in the seventh to fall, 4-2.
Martin allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks in two innings to take the loss. Lore (14-14) went the distance for the win, giving up two unearned runs on five hits. She struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Valos and Taylor each went 2-for-3 to pace the Colonials at the plate.