Softball Hosts Howard for Home Opener

GW kicks off its home slate Wednesday.
GW kicks off its home slate Wednesday.
Feb. 27, 2018

GW softball looks to build on its fast start Wednesday, hosting crosstown foe Howard for a noon doubleheader at GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

At 7-3, the Colonials have equaled the 2006 squad for best record through 10 games in program history.

LAST TIME OUT: GW won four of its five games last weekend at UC-Riverside's Amy S. Harrison Classic. The Colonials took two games apiece from Montana and New Mexico with the loss coming to the host Highlanders.

Pitchers Sarah Costlow (2-0, 2.33 ERA, 9 K in 18 innings) and Sierra Lange (2-0, 3.27 ERA, 21 K in 15 innings) shined in the pitching circle, while Elena Shelepak (8-for-16, 2 HR) and Jenna Cone (6-for-18, HR, 5 RBI) led an offense that averaged 5.6 runs per game. Marta Fuentes hit for the cycle in Friday's 8-3 win over the Lobos, including a homer and a triple in an eight-run first inning.

Costlow picked up A-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for her efforts, while Shelepak was honored as the conference Player of the Week by

NEED FOR SPEED: GW stole 12 bases in 13 attempts in California, paced by Fuentes, who went a perfect 5-for-5. The Colonials are 23-for-26 on steals with Fuentes (8-for-9) and Criza Bulanadi (7-for-7) leading the way out of the top two spots in the order. As a team, they have 13 more steals than anybody else in the Atlantic 10.

HOME SWEET HOME: GW went 17-9 on its home field its first season under Head Coach James DeFeo, including sweeps in all three of their midweek doubleheaders at GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

SCOUTING HOWARD: The Bison are 2-10 after four losses last weekend in North Carolina. Trinity Gibbs (.367) has been their top hitter in the early going with Alyssa Lavine (10 RBIs) their top power threat.

ON DECK: GW will spend the weekend at the South Carolina Classic in Columbia, S.C. The Colonials will play four games over three days, including a Saturday matchup with the host Gamecocks, who are ranked No. 20 nationally in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll.



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