GW Softball Hosts Capital Invitational This Weekend

Samantha Dos Santos ranks third in the A-10 with nine steals.

March 13, 2014

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GW vs. Saint Francis - Friday, 1 p.m. | GameTracker | Watch on RaiseHigh Live
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WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team hosts its final spring tournament this weekend when Brown, Manhattan and Saint Francis visit the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus for the three-day Capital Invitational from March 14-16.

GW (5-15-1) is coming off a doubleheader split with Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday. Junior Victoria Valos went 3-for-6 with three RBIs in the two games, including her second home run of the season and the 24th of her career, tying former teammate Autumn Taylor ('13) for second all-time at GW.



Valos, who leads the Colonials with 13 RBIs this season, has 99 in her career and is just four shy of Taylor's program record of 103. She also ranks third in the Atlantic 10 with five doubles on the year.

Freshman Megan Linn is batting a team-best .318 in her rookie campaign, and she ranks third in the A-10 in both hits (21) and runs scored (15). In addition, junior Samantha Dos Santos is third in the league with nine stolen bases.

In the circle, sophomore Meghan Rico leads the A-10 with 56 strikeouts and senior Courtney Martin ranks third with 42.

Brown (2-9) lost all six games at last weekend's Loyola Marymount Tournament. Freshman Christina Andrews was named Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week on Monday after hitting .500 with three doubles and a home run at the tournament. She leads the Bears with a .412 average, five extra-base hits and six RBIs on the year.

Sunday's game will be the first-ever meeting between GW and Brown.

Manhattan (2-6) picked up its first wins of the season on Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of Hartford after dropping all six contests at the Rebel Spring Games. Elena Bowman is the reigning MAAC Player of the Week after hitting .353 with six RBIs at the tournament. She leads five Jaspers hitting over .300 on the season with a .412 average, while Amanda Paxson is tops with eight RBIs.

GW and Manhattan have not met since the 2006 Colonial Challenge, and the Jaspers hold a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series.

Saint Francis (10-2) went 6-2 at the Rebel Spring Games, winning its last four contests. The Red Flash are hitting .352 as a team with four starters hitting better than .400, led by Chelsea Cosentino at .472. Alexis Brown, who is hitting .421, has driven in a team-high 17 runs. Saint Francis has outscored opponents, 88-25, on the season, boasting a 1.95 team ERA. The pitching staff is led by Ketarah DeVries, who is 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 24.1 innings of work.

The Colonials and Red Flash have met just twice before in a doubleheader in 2007 which resulted in a pair of wins for Saint Francis.

Following the Capital Invitational, the Colonials will host Colgate for a doubleheader on Thursday, March 20, before opening Atlantic 10 play against defending champion Fordham on Saturday, March 22, at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

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