GW Softball Hosts Defending Champ Fordham in A-10 Opener

Freshman Megan Linn leads the A-10 with 31 hits this season.

March 21, 2014

WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team opens its Atlantic 10 slate against defending champion and preseason favorite Fordham with a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch from GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus is slated for 12 p.m.

GW (11-16-1) is 10-2-1 in its last 13 games after splitting a doubleheader with Colgate on Thursday afternoon. Freshman Marissa Mangini went 5-for-6 on the day while sophomore Meghan Rico - who leads the A-10 with 93 strikeouts this season - fanned 11 batters over 10.2 innings of work, earning the win in Game 2, a 9-1 five-inning victory.

With two doubles on the day, junior Victoria Valos surpassed Chrysanthi Halkiotis ('08) as GW's all-time record holder with 34 in her career. It is the second career mark Valos has broken this week, as she took over the career lead in RBIs from former teammate Autumn Taylor ('13) on Sunday, and she now has 106. In addition, with 25 career home runs, the junior is one shy of Jackie Yaniga's ('08) all-time record of 26 long balls.

Valos is the reigning A-10 Player of the Week. She is riding a nine-game hit streak in which she is batting .500 (16-for-32) and slugging .938 with eight doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs. For the season, the Bakersfield, Calif., native is second on the team with a .346 average and 20 RBIs, and she leads the Atlantic 10 with 12 doubles - tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in program history. Valos is also tops in the league in total bases (48) and ranks third in hits (27) and RBIs and fourth in slugging (.615).



Freshman Megan Linn, who was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on Monday, has reached base in eight straight games. She is hitting a team-best .348 with 21 RBIs, 20 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. She is batting .400 (18-for-45) during GW's recent hot streak, one of six Colonials hitting better than .300 over the last 13 games. Linn leads the A-10 with 31 hits this season and ranks second in RBIs and steals, third in runs and fifth in total bases (42).

As a team, GW is running away with the league lead in stolen bases with 42 - 18 more than any other team - and ranks second in the A-10 with 105 runs scored.

Fordham (13-15) has won four of its last five games and is coming off a doubleheader split at Virginia on Thursday. Amy Van Hoven is hitting .306, the only Ram batting better than .300, and Elise Fortier leads the A-10 with six home runs and 22 RBIs. Lauren Quense and Michelle Daubman pace the Rams in the circle. Quense boasts a team-best 2.51 ERA with 34 strikeouts, while Daubman is 7-8 with 36 strikeouts on the year.

Fordham leads the A-10 in team home runs (20) and is second to GW in doubles (38).

Saturday's doubleheader is a matchup of the teams predicted to finish atop the A-10 preseason poll, as the Rams were chosen as the league favorite while the Colonials were picked to finish second.

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