GW Softball Hosts Annual Colonial Classic This Weekend
Colonials Welcome Akron, Drexel, Providence in Home-Opening Tournament
Feb. 27, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team opens its home slate this weekend with the third annual Colonial Classic, hosting Akron, Drexel and Providence for the two-day tournament on Saturday and Sunday at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW picked up its first win of the season last Saturday, a 2-1 extra-inning victory over host UNC Greensboro at the UNCG Spartan Classic. Freshman Marissa Mangini's squeeze bunt in the bottom of the eighth plated classmate Bradleigh Breland with the winning run.
Senior Courtney Martin was strong in the circle at the tournament, posting a 1.81 ERA in 19.1 innings of work spanning four appearances.
The Colonials' freshman class has had an impressive start to the season as rookies Megan Linn (.326) and Jillian Galich (.314) are GW's top two hitters through 14 games. Galich leads the Colonials with seven RBIs after hitting her first career home run on Sunday against Army, while Linn boasts a team-best 14 hits and eight runs scored to go with six RBIs. Freshman Mary Wiley leads the team with a .421 on-base percentage and seven walks.
Akron (3-2) has not played since the season-opening Southeastern Louisiana Invitational from Feb. 7-9, where it picked up wins over Texas Tech, Alabama State and Nicholls State but fell to Texas Southern and UMKC. Erin Pond leads the Zips with a .375 average, and Erin Seiler has posted a 1.75 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 12 innings in the circle.
GW won its only two previous meetings with Akron at last year's Capital Invitational, 9-7 and 7-4. Carlee Gray went 4-for-6 with three RBIs in the two games while Victoria Valos was 4-for-8 with five RBIs.
Drexel (2-6) is coming off a 2-2 showing at the Central Arkansas Tournament last weekend with wins over Alabama State and Central Arkansas and losses to Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Western Illinois. Leticia Matsuoka is hitting a team-best .526 with four doubles and 11 RBIs, one of six Dragons batting better than .300 on the season.
The all-time series between GW and Drexel is tied, 3-3. The Colonials won two of three meetings last season, outscoring the Dragons, 17-2, in the three games. Gray was 5-for-10 against Drexel a year ago while Valos hits a pair of home runs and drove in five. In addition, Meghan Rico allowed just two hits in 12 scoreless innings.
Providence opens its season this weekend at the Colonial Classic after canceling its games at the Florida Atlantic Strike Out Cancer Tournament due to weather-related travel issues two weeks ago. The Friars return seven starters from a 2013 squad which went 23-28-1, including Kristie Dederick, who led the team with 15 doubles and 36 RBIs last season.
GW won its only previous matchup with Providence, 4-0, at the 2011 Winthrop/adidas Invitational.
The Colonial Classic is the first of three tournaments GW will host on three consecutive weekends. After a single game against UMBC on Tuesday, the GW will welcome Binghamton, Howard and Wagner to Mount Vernon for the inaugural Colonials Tournament from March 7-9. The Colonials will then host Mount St. Mary's and Liberty for back-to-back doubleheaders on March 11-12 ahead of the second annual Capital Invitational with Brown, Manhattan and St. Francis (Pa.) on March 14-16.