Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview - April 26-28
Baseball and Men's Rowing In Action at Home; Women's Rowing & Softball Hit the Road
April 25, 2013
The George Washington baseball team will host a non-conference doubleheader with James Madison on Saturday at Barcroft Park beginning at 1:00 p.m., before traveling to Harrisonburg, Va., for a single game with the Dukes on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday's doubleheader will serve as the BUFF OUT game. The official Colonials' fan bus will be shuttling fans from the Charles E. Smith Center to Barcroft Park. Departures will be at 12:00 p.m. and 12:40 p.m. from the main entrance of Smith Center. The shuttle will run between games of the doubleheader and after the conclusion of the second game.
The doubleheader also marks the inaugural Warren Fulton Memorial Game. Between games, one GW baseball player will be awarded the Warren H. Fulton III Memorial Award which is given named to the player that best exemplifies the spirit, teamwork and sportsmanship demonstrated by the late Warren Fulton, who played baseball for the Colonials from 1986-88.
The Colonials are 4-2 in their last six games after rolling past UMBC, 12-5, on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Tyler McCarthy pitched eight strong innings to earn the win and drove in three runs at the plate.
Senior Justin Albright, the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, extended his hit streak to seven games with a 3-for-5 performance against UMBC. During the streak, Albright is batting .613 (19-for-31) with six RBIs, six runs and five doubles.
Junior Owen Beightol also extended a hit streak against UMBC, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Beightol has hit safely in his past nine games, batting .342 with two double, one triple, one home run and eight RBIs during the stretch.
James Madison enters the weekend series with an 18-22 overall record and a 8-12 mark in the CAA. The Dukes are just 4-12 on the road while boasting a 14-9 record at home.
The Dukes are batting .318 as a team and are also 4-2 in their last six games. On Wednesday, James Madison dropped a 16-8 decision at No. 5 Virginia.
Chad Carroll leads the team with a .396 batting average while senior outfielder Colby Roberts is the reigning Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after batting .667 with 15 RBIs last week.
The George Washington softball team continues its nine-game road swing on Saturday when it visits Atlantic 10 rival Dayton for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
GW (23-18, 10-4 A-10) split a doubleheader at A-10 foe La Salle on Wednesday. The Colonials won the first game, 7-4, before a 6-4 loss in the nightcap snapped their program-best 12-game winning streak.
GW sits in second place in the Atlantic 10 standings with six games to play. With 23 wins, the Colonials are two shy of matching the school record of 25 set during last year's run to the A-10 title game. In addition, GW's 10 conference victories are one short of the program mark of 11 also set in 2012.
Sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos continues to lead the Colonials in most offensive categories, including average (.368), hits (46), runs (38), home runs (11), slugging percentage (.736) and RBIs (47). Her 47 RBIs are a single-season program record and her 11 home runs equal her own school mark set last season.
Senior Amanda Zakeri, who broke GW's career record for stolen bases (70) last weekend, matched her own single-season program mark with her 27th stolen base of the year on Wednesday. She has reached base in 12 straight games, posting a .592 on-base percentage with 11 hits, 17 walks and 13 steals during her streak.
Dayton (20-20, 10-7 A-10) is currently in seventh place in the Atlantic 10 standings, a half game behind Saint Louis for the sixth and final spot in the conference tournament. The Flyers have won three straight following a 4-3 win at Akron on Wednesday. Kasi Vasquez is batting a team-high .333 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. A well-balanced Dayton offense boasts six players with more than 20 RBIs, led by Dana Trotta and Kathleen Maloof with 27 apiece. In addition, five different Flyers have hit at least five home runs on the year. Emily Froment (7-3) paces Dayton in the circle with a 2.31 ERA, while Kayla English (8-9) has struck out a league-high 155 batters.
GW is 7-11 all-time against Dayton. The teams split a doubleheader last season at the GW Softball Field behind a pair of homers and five RBIs from Tara Fogarty. She is batting .385 (5-for-13) in her career against the Flyers, while junior Chelsea Lenhart is hitting .462 (6-for-13) with six RBIs and three runs scored against Dayton.
WOMEN'S ROWING - @GW_WomensRowing
The George Washington women's rowing team looks to defend both the 1998 Cup and George's Cup in a quartet of races against local rivals Georgetown and George Mason on the Occoquan River in Woodbridge, Va., on Sunday morning.
The Colonials are riding the momentum from last weekend's Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship performance where the Varsity 8 went 3-0 to win a Gold Medal in the Grand Finals.
In last season's installment, the Colonials swept four races to claim both the 1998 Cup (over Georgetown) and the George's Cup (over Georgetown and George Mason).
The 1998 Cup is named in honor of GW's 1998 Varsity 8, which earned the school's first trip to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship while George's Trophy was established in 2011 and is given to the top local program.
George's Cup/1998 Cup Schedule
MEN'S ROWING - @GW_MensRowing
The George Washington men's rowing team returns to actions on its home water as the Colonials host Georgetown and Rutgers for a series of races on the Potomac River on Sunday morning.
The Colonials won a Gold Medal in the Freshmen 8 at last weekend's Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships last weekend while the Varsity 8 finished in third place in their respective Grand Final.
GW will row against Georgetown and Rutgers in a series of three races, beginning at 8:00 a.m.