Four Crucial A-10 Games on Tap for GW Softball This Weekend
Colonials Host Temple, Saint Joseph's in Battle for First Place; Senior Day Sunday
May 2, 2013
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WASHINGTON -The George Washington softball team hosts Temple and Saint Joseph's this weekend for four crucial Atlantic 10 games to close out the regular season. The Colonials will host the Owls on Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m., while the Hawks visit GW Softball Field for a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.
GW (25-18, 12-4 A-10) has clinched a spot in next week's Atlantic 10 Championship but can finish anywhere from first through sixth place. The Colonials are currently a game behind Saint Joseph's (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. Saint Louis and Massachusetts are tied for fifth at 11-7, and GW holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with both teams.
With Tuesday's rainout at Georgetown the Colonials have not competed since sweeping Dayton in a doubleheader on Saturday. GW's 25 wins on the season match the school record set in 2012, while the team's 12 league victories have already surpassed last season's program-record conference mark (11-9).
The Colonials have won 14 of their last 15 games since April 6. Sophomore Victoria Valos (.429, 19 RBIs) and senior Autumn Taylor (.422, 21 RBIs) are each batting better than .400 during the hot streak.
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.
Junior Courtney 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.
Temple (28-22, 13-5 A-10) has won six straight following an 8-0 win over Delaware State on Wednesday. Stephanie Pasquale leads the Atlantic 10 with a .449 batting average, followed closely by teammate Sarah Prezioso, who is hitting .430. The duo is also 1-2 in the league in RBIs with 68 and 55, respectively, and Pasquale is tops with 19 doubles. As a team, the Owls lead the A-10 with a .306 average, 320 runs scored and 86 home runs, led by Pasquale with 14 and a trio of players with 13 each, including Prezioso and Kelsey Dominik, who is hitting .292 with 31 RBIs and also paces Temple in the circle with a 13-5 record and a 3.88 ERA.
GW is 7-11 all-time against the Owls following last season's series sweep. Fogarty went 5-for-6 with a pair of home runs in the two games, while Valos was 5-for-8 with two homers as well.
Saint Joseph's (31-7-1, 14-4 A-10) has won three in a row after sweeping Rhode Island in a doubleheader on Sunday. Sarah Yoos leads the Hawks with a .386 average, eight doubles and 31 RBIs, while Dana Parks is batting .361 with 21 stolen bases. Reigning Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week Taryn Ashway is 25-3 with a 1.49 ERA and 162 strikeouts, leading the league in wins, earned run average and whiffs. As a team, the Hawks lead the A-10 with a 2.04 ERA.
GW is 5-12 all-time against Saint Joseph's. The teams split the regular-season series in 2012, but the Colonials came out on top in an A-10 Championship elimination game, knocking off the Hawks, 1-0, on a pinch-hit RBI single by Saporito in the fifth inning.