Owls' Rally in the Seventh Not Enough in 5-3 Loss at George Washington

Owls' Rally in the Seventh Not Enough in 5-3 Loss at George Washington

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Temple softball team fell in a 5-0 hole after five innings, and despite a seventh-inning rally, could not climb out, falling 5-3 at George Washington on Friday afternoon.  
 
The Colonials took an early lead, scoring three in the bottom of the second. Chelsea Lenhart tripled to open the inning before Julie Orlandi drove her in with a single up the middle. One out later, Amanda Zakeri beat out a single to second base that allowed Samantha Dos Santos to score. Victoria Valos made it a 3-0 ball game with a single up the middle, scoring Orlandi.
 
George Washington added to that with another run in the third. With runners on first and second, Alexandra Del Prete drove a ball to right field to bring in Carlee Gray from second.
 
The Owls threatened in the fourth when Stephanie Pasquale doubled with one out and Kelsey Dominik followed with a single, but GW pitcher Courtney Martin got out of it with two groundouts to maintain the shutout. Pasquale's double was the 41st of her career, tying the Temple career record.
 
After the host team made it a 5-0 game on Del Prete's second RBI single of the day, the Cherry & White again stranded two runners in the top of the sixth. Pasquale reached on a fielder's choice and Dominik walked, and the runners ended up on second and third when the GW fielder committed a throwing error after catching Leah Lucas's fly ball. But Martin again got out of it unscathed, getting a strikeout to end the inning.
 
Looking like the team was going to get shutout and held inside the park for the first time in the last eight games, Ali Robinson hit a line drive over the center field fence with a runner on and two out to make it a 5-2 game in the top of the seventh. Sarah Prezioso followed with another long ball, this time to right centerfield, cutting it to 5-3. Martin walked Pasquale, but finally got out of it with a groundout for the third out. The homers by Robinson and Prezioso were the 14th of the year for both, tying Pasquale for the Temple single-season record.
 
Martin (13-10) gave up five hits, walked three and struck out eight. Dominik (13-6) pitched well in the loss, surrendering 11 hits and five runs, walking just one and fanning five.
 
Temple falls to 28-23 overall and 13-6 in the league standings. The Owls square off against George Washington again tomorrow at noon. GW is 26-18 overall, 13-4 in the Atlantic 10.
 
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