CHANTILLY, VA – Third baseman Sara Larquier hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Washington Glory a 5-2 walk-off victory over the New England Riptide Saturday night at the Westfield Softball Complex. The graduate of the University of Virginia now leads the league with two home runs, both in game-winning fashion.
Washington took the early lead in the top of the first as Amber Jackson launched her first home run of the season, scoring left fielder Nicole Barber who singled to right earlier in the inning.
New England cut the lead in half in the third and tied the game in the top of the seventh as second baseman Lisa Iancin, also an assistant coach at George Washington University, took the first pitch from Sarah Pauly deep over the left field wall for a home run.
The Glory was not able to score in the bottom of the seventh and the contest went into extra innings.
After Pauly held New England scoreless in the top of the eighth, Washington was able to solve starting pitcher Jocelyn Forest who shut out the Glory except for the first inning. Right fielder Jessica Moore was plunked by Forest to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Barber. New England pitched around first baseman Oli Keohohou to get to Jackson who flied out to deep left for the second out. However, Larquier took the first offering deep for the thrilling victory.
Larquier recorded two hits to pace the offense for Washington, while Moore, Barber, Keohohou, Jackson and catcher Callie Piper all collected hits.
First baseman Lyndsey Angus led New England with a pair of hits, while outfielder Gina Carbonnato, shortstop Jessica Merchant and Iancin also recorded base hits.
Pauly recorded her second win of the season allowing just one earned while striking out and walking a pair of hitters. The former Islander allowed just five hits in eight innings.
Forest pitched well in the loss, allowing five runs in 7.2 innings of work.
The final game of the four-game series between the Glory and Riptide will start at 7:05 pm at the Westfield Softball Complex Sunday, June 1.