Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
March 15, 2012
A preview of the George Washington varsity athletic events this weekend. The GW gymnastics team will host Senior Day on Sunday while the baseball, men's tennis, women's water polo and softball teams all hit the road.
The George Washington gymnastics team will close out the 2012 regular season with two meets in three days this weekend. The Colonials will first visit Towson for a quad meet with Penn and Yale on Friday night before hosting the Tigers for Senior Day at the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Following Sunday's home finale, the Colonials will prepare for the annual East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championships, March 24 at Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Field House.
Last week the Colonials competed in two meets in three days with a 1,000-plus mile road trip in between. GW defeated Pittsburgh at the annual Pink Meet at Smith Center on Thursday before scoring 191.650 in a tri-meet at Kentucky with Ball State on Sunday.
The George Washington baseball team will return to action with a three-game series against District rival Georgetown starting Friday afternoon at the Hoyas' Shirley Povich Field.
GW (4-11) will serve as the home team in Friday's contest as construction continues at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va. You can view the progress of construction in the Barcorft Park construction photo gallery (link).
The installation of outfield fencing and Field Turf has been completed and the field is expected to be ready to host the Colonials' Atlantic 10-opening series against La Salle on March 23-25.
Friday's game between the Colonials and the Hoyas marks the 126th meeting in the storied rivalry. GW leads the all-time series, 89-35-1, but has dropped three of the last four contests.
On Wednesday, the Colonials tied their season high with 14 hits en route to an 8-4 victory over Towson. Every player in the starting lineup contributed a hit, with five players recording multiple base hits.
Friday, March 16 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 - 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 - 3 p.m.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO
The George Washington women's water polo team continues its West Coast trip this weekend with five more games from March 15-17.
The Colonials (4-6) suffered their fifth straight loss on Wednesday, when they fell to Concordia University, 12-7, in Irvine, Calif. Senior Megan Walker led GW with three goals and four ejections drawn, while sophomore Megan Brolley recorded a goal, four ejections drawn and four steals.
GW will take on Whittier College on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, before heading to Riverside, Calif., on Friday for California Baptist's Lancer Invite where the Colonials will face Marist at 12 p.m. ET and VMI at 5:45 p.m. ET. GW concludes its Spring Break trip with a pair of games on Saturday against Redlands at 12 p.m. ET and Chapman at 7 p.m. ET.
Coming off a doubleheader sweep of Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday afternoon, the George Washington softball team travels to Harrisonburg, Va., for the James Madison Days Inn Invitational from Friday, March 16-Sunday, March 18, at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Colonials face Pittsburgh on Friday at 12 p.m., and again on Sunday at 9 a.m. GW takes on host James Madison on Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and plays A-10 opponent Fordham on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
In Game 1 against the Mount, senior Kara Clauss pitched the second no-hitter in GW softball history, to lift GW to a 3-0 shutout. Clauss struck out four and walked none in 22 batters faced. The Colonials (6-12) completed the sweep with a 5-4 nine-inning victory in the nightcap.
Junior Julie Orlandi finished the afternoon 4-of-7 at the plate, while senior Lauren Wilson went 3-of-7 with a team-best three runs scored, including her fourth home run of the season in Game 1. Sophomore Chelsea Lenhart and freshman Victoria Valos each tallied two RBIs and junior Autumn Taylor scored two runs on the day.
Fordham (7-13) is coming off a 10-inning 4-3 loss to Boston on Tuesday. The Rams, the reigning Atlantic 10 Champions, are led by Nicole Callahan's .314 batting average and team-high seven doubles. JMU (8-12) returns home after going 2-5 on its road trip to California last week. The Dukes rank first in the CAA with a .291 team batting average.
Pittsburgh (11-6) went 3-2 in last weekend's Long Beach State Tournament in Lakewood, Calif., with wins over Utah State, Eastern Kentucky and UNLV. The Panthers are led by freshman pitcher Savannah King, who owns a 9-4 record on the mound with a 0.79 ERA.
GW at James Madison Days Inn Invitational, March 16-18
The George Washington men's tennis team continues its Spring Break road swing this weekend with matches at Campbell and East Carolina.
GW faces Campbell on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by a 12 p.m. match with the East Carolina on Sunday.
The Colonials (5-6) are coming off back-to-back victories over Florida Atlantic and Troy in Florida. GW defeated FAU, 5-2, in its first outdoor match of the spring season on Sunday. The Buff and Blue went on to beat Troy, 6-1, on Wednesday.
Senior Richard Blumenfeld and junior Alexander van Gils went 2-0 in both singles and doubles in the wins over the Owls and Trojans. Blumenfeld earned No. 4 singles victories in both matches, while van Gils posted wins at third-flight singles. The pair then teamed up to win consecutive No. 2 doubles matches.
Campbell (5-5) is coming off a 6-1 loss to No. 21 N.C. State on Saturday. Frenando Guillen posted the Camels' lone win in the No. 2 spot and improved to 7-3 in singles play this season. East Carolina (10-4) earned back-to-back wins over the Citadel and Charlotte last week. The Pirates' Joran Vliegen extended his unbeaten singles streak to nine matches after going 2-0 in last week.