GW Softball Visits George Mason for #RevRivalry Doubleheader
Colonials, Patriots Meet for First Time as Atlantic 10 Opponents
April 8, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team hits the road for the first time in six weeks when it visits Atlantic 10 newcomer and Revolutionary Rival George Mason for a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m.
Galich, who is riding a five-game hit streak, was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on Monday after batting a team-best .583 (7-for-12) with four doubles and nine RBIs in four games against Cornell and La Salle last week. She is tied for third in the A-10 with nine doubles this season.
Sophomore Morgan Matetic leads the Colonials with a .357 average and .762 slugging percentage, as nine of her 15 hits on the season have gone for extra bases, including a team-high four home runs. She has reached base in nine straight games, batting .429 (9-for-21) with three homers and six RBIs in those contests.
Freshman Megan Linn, who has reached base in 15 straight games, is hitting .342 and ranks second in the A-10 in runs (27) and third in hits (39) and RBIs (26). She is also second in the league with 17 stolen bases, a GW rookie record. Junior Victoria Valos, who is batting .333, leads the conference with 13 doubles, the third-highest single-season total in program history, and is tied with Linn for third with 26 RBIs.
The Colonials batted .300 as a team during their 21-game homestand, outscoring opponents, 111-85, since March 7. Six different players hit at least .320 in those games, led by Matetic at .389.
For the season, GW ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in runs scored (145) and is third in hits (226). The Colonials are also running away with the league lead in stolen bases with 56 - 24 more than any other team in the conference.
George Mason (13-14, 1-3 A-10) has won five of its last six games after splitting a doubleheader with league-leading Fordham on Saturday. Tiffany Webb (.407) and Brooke Blankenship (.389) are two of the top three hitters in the A-10 this season. Blankenship also ranks second in the league with 30 RBIs and third with a .667 slugging percentage thanks to a team-high 14 extra-base hits. The Patriots rank second in the A-10 with a .274 team batting average and lead the league with a 3.25 ERA.
Mason leads the all-time series with GW, 10-7, but the Colonials have won the last two meetings, sweeping a home-and-home series in 2012. Valos is 4-for-11 in three career games against the Patriots, while junior Samantha Dos Santos is 3-for-8 with three runs scored.
An important point in the inaugural Revolutionary Rivalry standings is on the line in the doubleheader. The Patriots currently lead the Colonials, 7-6, in the annual competition between the new A-10 rivals separated by less than 20 miles.