Final Home Weekend on Tap for GW Softball
Colonials Host Saint Louis, Dayton for Four Games in Three Days
April 24, 2014
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WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team plays its final four home games of the season this weekend when Atlantic 10 rivals Saint Louis and Dayton visit the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials and Billikens will play single games on Friday (12 p.m.) and Saturday (12 p.m.), while GW will take on the Flyers in a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.
Prior to Sunday's opener, the Colonials will honor seniors Chelsea Curcio, Alexandra Del Prete and Courtney Martin in a Senior Day ceremony. In addition, before the start of second game against Dayton, GW will retire the jersey of Athletic Hall of Famer and two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers, who will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and there will be a postgame tailgate for all fans following the conclusion of Game 2.
GW (16-27-1, 2-8 A-10) was edged by Georgetown, 5-4, on Tuesday evening in its non-conference finale. Junior Victoria Valos went 2-for-2 with a three-run home run against the Hoyas, becoming the Colonials' all-time home run leader with the 27th of her career.
Valos is also GW's career record-holder for doubles (38), RBIs (121), extra-base hits (68) and slugging percentage (.612), and she ranks second all-time in hits (154), runs scored (100) and total bases (279). She is batting .331 on the season and leads the A-10 with 16 doubles while ranking fourth with 35 RBIs - the second- and third-highest single-season totals in program history, respectively. She is the only Colonial ever to drive in 30 or more runs three times in her career.
Freshman Megan Linn has reached base in a program-record 24 straight games since March 11, and she has stolen 23 consecutive bases since March 9, also a school mark. She is batting .357 and leads the A-10 with 25 stolen bases in 26 attempts while ranking third in the league in hits (51) and fifth in runs scored (35). She is just the second Colonial rookie ever with 50 hits and 30 runs in a season, joining Valos in 2012.
Freshman Bradleigh Breland (.347) and sophomore Morgan Matetic (.309) are also batting better than .300 on the year. Matetic leads the Colonials with a .466 on-base percentage and six home runs, and 13 of her 21 hits this season have gone for extra bases, good for a .676 slugging percentage.
Saint Louis (21-19, 6-5 A-10) has lost six of its last nine games following a doubleheader split with non-conference foe Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday. Lindsay Friedman is batting a team-high .336 with 30 RBIs and 19 extra-base hits. She ranks second in the A-10 with 38 runs scored and 22 steals and third with nine home runs. Brianna Lore (17-11) paces the Billikens in the circle with a 2.70 ERA and 116 strikeouts, ranking fifth and second in the league in those categories, respectively. Her 17 wins lead the A-10.
GW is 6-2 all-time against St. Louis at home. The Colonials swept a regular-season doubleheader at Mount Vernon last season, but the Billikens got their revenge at the A-10 Championship, defeating GW twice. Valos is a career .444 hitter (8-for-18) in six games against Saint Louis with two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored, and Martin boasts a 2.47 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17.0 career innings against the Billikens. She allowed just one unearned run and struck out nine in a 3-1 victory last season, then tossed two scoreless innings in relief to earn the save in the nightcap.
Dayton (20-26, 4-8 A-10) split a non-conference doubleheader at Youngstown State on Monday. The Flyers are batting .286 as a team this season and rank second in the A-10 with 217 runs scored behind three players who are batting better than .350. Alysha Isaacson leads the A-10 with a .419 average, while Tiffany Ricks is sixth at .371 and Rachael Archer is eighth at .365. Ricks leads the A-10 in hits (56) and ranks third in home runs (9) and RBIs (36), fourth in runs (36) and fifth in doubles (11), while Archer is second in hits (54) and Isaacson is second in doubles (13) and fifth in slugging percentage (.657). Dayton also ranks second in the league in doubles (71) and home runs (41).
Dayton holds a slight 11-10 edge in the all-time series against GW, but the Colonials have won the last four after sweeping the regular-season doubleheader at Dayton in 2013 and defeating the Flyers, 2-1, at the A-10 Championship. GW blanked Dayton in both ends of the twin bill behind 12 scoreless innings from Martin, and she allowed just one run in another complete game in the league tournament. She is 3-0 with a miniscule 0.37 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 19.0 career innings against the Flyers.