GW Softball Doubleheader with La Salle Postponed to Thursday
Colonials to Host Explorers in Twinbill at 3 and 5 p.m.
April 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team's scheduled Wednesday doubleheader against Atlantic 10 rival La Salle at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus has been postponed due to expected inclement weather. The Colonials will now host the Explorers for a doubleheader on Thursday, with Game 1's first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.
GW (15-26, 5-7 A-10) is coming off a doubleheader sweep at the hands of league-leading Massachusetts on Sunday. Prior to those contests, the Colonials had won six of their last seven games, including five A-10 victories. Senior Heidi Penna turned in a strong performance in the second game against the Minutewomen, allowing just two runs on five hits in her first complete game of the season.
Freshman Victoria Valos is batting a team-best .328 and leads GW with 23 RBIs while ranking third in the A-10 with a .568 slugging percentage. Valos' seven home runs on the year are the most by a GW rookie since Jackie Yaniga hit 10 in 2005.
Senior Lauren Wilson leads the Colonials and ranks third in the league with a .464 on-base percentage, aided by a school-record 30 times, while her 30 runs scored are the second-most in a single season in program history. In addition, Wilson and junior Autumn Taylor are tied for third in the A-10 in home runs with eight apiece, the third-most in a season by a Colonials player.
As a team, GW ranks second in the A-10 with 58 stolen bases, led by senior Amanda Zakeri (17) and Wilson (16). In addition, the Colonials' 30 homers are the most since 2007, when they hit 38.
Senior Kara Clauss paces the Colonials on the mound with a 10-16 record and a 3.03 ERA. She is GW's all-time leader in career appearances (103) and starts (82), and she ranks second in wins (31), strikeouts (308), complete games (40) and innings pitched (479.2).
La Salle (6-31, 0-10 A-10) has lost eight in a row following a doubleheader sweep to A-10 rival Saint Louis on Sunday. The Explorers are batting just .187 as a team, and have been outscored 207-61 through 37 games. Liz Reed is hitting a team-best .244 on the season, while Alicia Aughton and Megan Hodgson are tied for the team lead with 10 RBIs. Aughton also paces La Salle on the mound with a 6-15 record and a 3.19 ERA.
GW is 6-10 all-time against La Salle, including a doubleheader split last season in Philadelphia. The Colonials won the first game, 1-0, as Tara Fogarty drove in the lone run with an RBI single in the seventh inning and Clauss tossed a two-hit shutout. Taylor hit a three-run homer in the nightcap, a 5-4 loss.
Following Wednesday's contests, the Colonials will host A-10 rival Dayton for a doubleheader on Saturday, which will be Senior Day. GW's seven seniors - Clauss, Penna, Wilson, Zakeri, Jordyn O'Donnell, Jillian Stanley and Jamie Yaniga - will be honored before the 12 p.m. first pitch. The Colonials will also celebrate its alumnae with a post-game tailgate.
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