GW Softball Hosts Drexel in Home-Opening Doubleheader on Wednesday
Feb. 26, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team begins its home slate on Wednesday afternoon when it hosts Drexel in a doubleheader. First pitch from GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus is set for 2 p.m.
GW (2-6) split a pair of games at last weekend's rain-shortened Carolina Classic hosted by the University of North Carolina. The Colonials defeated North Dakota State, 5-4, in eight innings on Thursday to snap a five-game losing streak before falling to Iona, 5-1, on Friday afternoon. GW then had its games against Iowa State and Penn State washed out.
Freshman first baseman Carlee Gray went 2-for-4 with two RBIs against the Bison and drove in the winning run in the top of the eighth inning. Junior Courtney Martin earned her first win of the season after allowing just one run on five hits and striking out a career-high eight batters in six innings of relief work. Both players were named to the all-tournament team. Sophomore Victoria Valos drove in GW's lone run against the Gaels with a first-inning double.
Gray leads the Colonials with a .318 batting average this season, and she and Valos each have a team-best five RBIs. Martin has posted a 2.84 ERA in 24.2 innings in the circle.
Drexel (1-5) is coming off a 1-3 weekend at the Spartan Classic in Greensboro, N.C., picking up its lone win of the season against Marshall on Monday. The Dragons are batting just .201 as a team, and outfielder Comfort Ahonkai (.333) is the only player hitting above .300 on the season. She has driven in a team-best four runs. Shelby Taylor has Drexel's only victory and boasts a 4.40 ERA.
GW is 1-2 all-time against Drexel with its lone win in the series coming in 2006. Last season, the Dragons defeated the Colonials, 3-0, at GW Softball Field. Drexel scored single runs in each of the first three innings, and GW managed just four hits off Taylor, who struck out five in the complete game shutout.
Following Wednesday's doubleheader, the GW will host the three-day Colonial Classic March 1-3, with Bucknell, Dartmouth and Seton Hall participating. The Colonials will honor the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims during Saturday's games. GW staff and players will wear special T-shirts and conduct a 50/50 raffle at each contest with all proceeds going toward the NSA/We Are Newtown Memorial Scholarship fund, which was set up by the father of incoming freshman Monica Macchiarulo, a native of Newtown, Conn. In addition, the softball team will partner with the women's lacrosse, women's tennis and women's soccer teams to host a sports bra drive on Sunday to benefit women in Northern Uganda through the Girls Kick It! project.