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Monday, May 7, 2012 3:58 p.m.

Weekend round-up

Junior Autumn Taylor heads to home plate in game two of an earlier doubleheader against Dayton. Hatchet File Photo.

Correction appended

Here’s a look at how the Colonials fared in weekend action:

Baseball

GW traveled to Saint Joseph’s for a three-game stand over the weekend, falling in the first two contests but returning to win the final game Sunday.

In the first game of the weekend, the Colonials  (18-30, 4-14 A-10) returned from a two-run deficit to force extra play, but fell 5-4 in the 11th inning. Senior Matt Murakami hit a RBI single in the eighth, and in the ninth, senior Stephen Oswald drove in a run on a base hit to pull GW even with the Hawks. But Saint Joseph’s returned to score on a passed ball in the 11th, securing its victory.

GW recorded just two hits in its 4-0 loss Saturday, but returned Sunday to earn a 2-1 victory over its A-10 rival. Oswald hit an RBI single in the top of the first to give the Colonials a one-run lead, an opening gap that sophomore pitcher Aaron Weisberg maintained until the sixth. He allowed just one run in five innings of work with three strikeouts, but loaded the bases in the sixth before junior Kenny O’Brien stepped in to turn a double play and a ground out to end the inning.

O’Brien pitched four innings of hitless relief and sophomore Owen Beightol nailed the go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning to give GW the 2-1 win.

Softball

The Colonials split their action at Saint Louis this weekend but clinched an A-10 tournament berth with their opening victory.

Senior Kara Clauss tossed a four-hit complete game shutout, and saw her team get on the board in the sixth. An error allowed leadoff batter freshman Samantha Dos Santos reach base, before the bases were loaded and junior Julie Orlandi hit an infield single to drive Dos Santos home. The Colonials’ insurance run in their 2-0 victory came in the seventh, when junior Sandi Moynihan, also a Hatchet reporter, hit a one-out double to eventually score on a squeeze bunt from Dos Santos.

Saint Louis responded with an opening salvo in game two, using two hits and a GW error to score a run in the first. Junior Autumn Taylor stole home for the Colonials in the second, but the Billikens added another run in the third on a bases loaded walk. GW couldn’t answer that run, falling 2-1. Senior pitcher Heidi Penna allowed two runs on four hits and four walks in the complete game loss.

Women’s rowing

The women’s crew nabbed a second-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J., Saturday.

GW earned its best finish in the A-10 tournament since 2003, tallying a second-place finish in the Varsity 8 and fourth-place finishes in the JV8 and the Varsity 4.

Women’s rowing head coach Eric Carcich was named A-10 Coach of the Year at the end of the championship, the first GW coach to win the award since Steve Peterson in 2002.

This article was updated on May 7, 2012 to reflect the following:

The Hatchet incorrectly spelled Owen Beightol’s name as Owen Beigthol.