GW Softball Puts Win Streak on Line Versus Virginia, Princeton
Colonials Look to Stay Hot in Final Tune-Ups Before Atlantic 10 Play
March 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team will put its school record six-game winning streak on the line with a pair of midweek games. The Colonials will visit Virginia on Wednesday at 6 p.m., before hosting Princeton on Thursday at 3 p.m. at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW (11-11) has won eight of its last nine games dating to March 9, batting .301 as a team and outscoring its opponents, 61-24, during that stretch. Sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos is batting .536 (15-for-28) with eight extra-base hits, 15 RBIs and 12 runs scored in those nine contests, while freshman first baseman Carlee Gray (.423, nine RBIs) and senior center fielder Autumn Taylor (.414, four home runs, 14 RBIs) are also batting better than .400 in that span.
Gray, who was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, is batting a team-best .381 on the season. She has reached base in 13 consecutive games dating to Feb. 27 against Drexel, but her eight-game hitting streak was snapped on Sunday against St. John's. Valos is hitting .353 and leads the Colonials with seven doubles, five homers, 25 RBIs and 18 runs scored. She ranks third in the Atlantic 10 with a .706 slugging percentage and her 25 RBIs this season are already tied for the ninth-highest single-season total in school history.
Junior Courtney Martin (5-6) ranks second in the A-10 with a 2.02 ERA and 6.5 strikeouts per seven innings, as she has fanned 71 batters in 76.1 innings of work. She has allowed just 1.38 walks per seven innings, which also ranks second in the league. In addition, freshman Meghan Rico (6-5) ranks 14th in the nation with 3.61 hits allowed per seven innings, as she has surrendered just 33 hits in 64.0 innings.
Virginia (11-12) swept a doubleheader from Longwood on Thursday after losing five of its previous six games. Marcy Bowdren is batting a team-best .343 with seven extra-base hits, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored for the Cavaliers, who are batting just .213 as a team. Melanie Mitchell (9-7) boasts a 2.27 ERA with 128 strikeouts in 105.0 innings of work.
The Colonials have never defeated the Cavaliers in eight previous match-ups. The teams last met at the 2010 UVA Cavalier Classic. Wednesday's game is a makeup of the Feb. 9 contest at Campbell University's season-opening Hampton Inn Invitational that was canceled due to cold weather.
Princeton (10-4) has won seven of its last eight games after a 4-1 weekend at the UMBC Spring Classic. Emily Viggers, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, is hitting .542 with five extra-base hits and 13 RBIs, and Alyssa Schmidt is batting .513 with a team-best 20 hits. Nine Tigers with at least 24 at-bats are hitting better than .300, and Princeton is batting .349 as a team. Shanna Christian (4-1) has posted a 1.27 ERA and his holding opponents to a .130 average.
GW lost its only previous meeting with Princeton, 7-4, in 2011. Chelsea Lenhart went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in that game.
The Colonials open Atlantic 10 Conference play on Sunday with a doubleheader at Charlotte. Last season, GW earned the No. 4 seed in the A-10 Championship and advanced to the league's title game before falling to Massachusetts.