GW Softball Visits Georgetown in Non-Conference Finale on Tuesday
Colonials Conclude Nine-Game Road Swing at District Rival
April 29, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team wraps non-conference play on Tuesday when it visits district rival Georgetown. First pitch from Guy Mason Field is set for 7 p.m.
GW (25-18) has won 14 of its last 15 games following a doubleheader sweep at Atlantic 10 rival Dayton on Saturday. Junior Courtney Martin tossed 12 scoreless innings to lead the Colonials to the pair of victories. GW's 25 wins on the season match the school record set in 2012.
Sophomore Victoria Valos (.429, 19 RBIs) and senior Autumn Taylor (.422, 21 RBIs) are each batting better than .400 during the Colonials' 15-game hot streak, which dates to April 6.
Valos continues to lead the Colonials in most offensive categories on the season, including average (.353), hits (47), runs (40), home runs (11), slugging percentage (.699) and RBIs (47). Taylor is not far behind, batting .342 with five triples, seven homers and 39 RBIs.
Senior Amanda Zakeri has reached base in 14 straight games, posting a .579 on-base percentage with 11 hits, 21 walks and 13 steals during her streak.
Martin and freshman Meghan Rico have combined to post a 2.55 ERA on the season, second-best in the Atlantic 10. Martin ranks second in the league with a 1.94 ERA and third with 143 strikeouts.
Georgetown (20-30) has dropped four of its last six games following a 1-2 weekend at Louisville. Shikara Lowe is batting a team-best .338 with five home runs and 27 RBIs, while Alexandria Antilla leads the Hoyas with 11 homers and 34 RBIs. Georgetown's pitching staff, which allows more than five runs a game, is led by Lauren O'Leary, who boasts a 13-14 record with 145 strikeouts in 166.2 innings of work.
GW is 3-4 all-time against Georgetown. Last season, the Hoyas nipped the Colonials, 1-0, on an RBI double by Antilla in the fifth inning. Kara Clauss allowed just three hits in the loss. Senior Julie Orlandi is batting .400 in her career against the Hoyas after a 2-for-3 effort a year ago.
Following Tuesday's matchup, the Colonials return home to close out the regular season with four crucial weekend games against Temple and Saint Joseph's. At 12-4 in the A-10, GW is currently a game behind the Hawks (14-4) for first place in the league standings and percentage points ahead of the Owls (13-5), who are tied for third with Fordham.