Pagano Breaks Strikeout Record, but Mount St. Mary's Falls in Doubleheader to George Washington

Pagano Breaks Strikeout Record, but Mount St. Mary's Falls in Doubleheader to George Washington

Emmitsburg, Md. (April 9, 2013) -- Mount St. Mary's pitcher Nicole Pagano broke the program's career strikeout record with eight in 6.1 innings of relief on Tuesday, but George Washington swept the doubleheader by scores of 8-2 and 5-1. 

Pagano became the first player in school history to reach 400 strikeouts, as she finished the day with 401 in her storied career to surpass the previous record of 399 set by Jamie Fowler in 2009. 

The Mount (10-24) hung around in the first contest until a five-run seventh by the Colonials (16-17) put the game away at 8-2. GW scored two runs in the top of the first on RBI singles up the middle by Tara Fogarty and Carlee Gray for a 2-0 lead. 

The lead was up to 3-0 before Cat Clifford's one out single to left plated Katy Bobbitt and Niki Powell in the bottom of the sixth.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, GW's Victoria Valos smacked an RBI single and Autumn Taylor followed with a two-run home run to left. Three batters later, Chelsea Lenhart singled for the Colonials' fifth run of the inning for an 8-2 lead. 

Courtney Martin allowed two runs on nine hits with nine strikeouts to earn the win in the circle for GW, while Danni Cummings gave up eight runs on 10 hits. 

In the nightcap, which was called in the bottom of the seventh due to darkness, Meghan Rico limited the Mount to three hits and one run despite seven walks. 

The Mount yielded five runs in the first 0.2 innings before Pagano entered the game and quieted the Colonials' bats. Pagano's sixth inning strikeout of Fogarty gave her the school record as she held GW to no runs on four hits to go with eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings. 

In the bottom of the fourth, the Mount loaded the bases on a Clifford single followed by walks by Rachel Teti and Kelly Hickman. Pinch hitter Lindsey Ruhle worked a walk on a full count to force in the Mount's first run of the game. Rico got the next two batters out, however, to prevent any more scoring and keep the game at 5-1. 

Holly Buckel led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right field before the game ended because of darkness.  

The Colonials outhit the Mount, 8-3, in the second game. 

The Mount will host Central Connecticut State for a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. on Breast Cancer Awareness Day. On Sunday, April 14, the team will host another doubleheader against Saint Francis U beginning at noon.