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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.

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Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 3:48 p.m.

Colonial sports weekend round-up

Senior Amanda Murphy performs on the balance beam during the Lindsey Ferris Invitation Jan. 14. | Hatchet File Photo

A lot of GW teams were in action this weekend. Here’s a look at how they fared:

Gymnastics

The Colonials fell to Central Michigan Sunday, dropping the dual meet 193.600-192.075 in GW’s fifth of six straight road competitions.

GW posted a new season high on the floor exercise, earning a combined 48.600, paced by junior Stephanie Stoicovy, who led with Colonials with a 9.800 for fourth place. Senior Amanda Murphy and sophomore Betsy Zander tied for sixth with a score of 9.725.

Stoicovy finished third in the all-around, with 38.500, and sophomore Kiera Kenney led GW on the uneven bars, finishing with a 9.725. Zander tied for third place on the balance beam, scoring a 9.625, and freshman Courtney Willoughby earned third place on the vault with a 9.700.

The Colonials wrap their road stand at EAGL rival North Carolina Feb. 24.

Baseball

The baseball team opened its season at Stetson this weekend and was swept in three games over three days.

The Colonials had a 2-0 lead at the top of the first Friday but couldn’t hold on for the victory, falling 19-7 to Stetson. Senior Stephen Oswald tripled in fellow senior Ollie Mittag for the first score of the game, followed by a RBI groundout from senior Matt Murakami. But their early runs didn’t stop an explosive Stetson team that scored five in the bottom of the first and six in the bottom of the second to take a commanding lead.

Saturday, junior Brian Derner held Stetson hitless before an unearned run in the third opened the door for Stetson to add five runs in the fourth. The Colonials were able to tally two runs in the top of the ninth but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 7-2 final tally.

GW’s bats heated up a bit Sunday, collecting 14 hits on the day, but still couldn’t overcome Stetson, falling 13-8 in the series finale. Mittag had a game-high three hits, including one RBI, and Murakami, junior Kyle Gelling, sophomore Owen Beightol and freshman Xavier Parkmond all collected two. The Colonials jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first, but Stetson pulled within a run in the second. The teams traded runs over the rest of the game, before a four-run sixth and two-run eighth inning gave the Hatters a solid lead.

The Colonials next head to Petersburg, Va. for a three-game stand against Army next weekend.

Women’s tennis

GW opened A-10 competition this weekend, splitting its action with a loss to Xavier Saturday but a victory over Duquesne Sunday.

The Colonials won two of the three doubles matches to start competition Saturday, with sophomores Leah Pascarella and Isabella Escobar and senior Jacqueline Corba and junior Lorena Valente teaming up for the victories. From there the Muskateers picked up four singles victories for a 4-3 win, despite Colonial singles triumphs from Pascarella and Escobar.

Sunday, GW picked up its first A-10 win of the season. The team once again nabbed the double point off victories from the teams of Escobar and Pascarella and Corba and Valente. Three singles wins, from junior Mimi Hamling, senior Meg Tyner – who is undefeated in singles play on the season – and senior Zoe Krohn cemented GW’s 4-3 victory.

The team next faces James Madison Feb. 25 and Temple Feb. 26.

Women’s lacrosse

After opening their season with a commanding victory over Howard, the Colonials fell at Drexel in their second game of the season, dropping to the Dragons 15-10 Sunday.

Though Drexel took an early 4-2 lead, GW rallied on a 6-1 scoring run to take an 8-5 lead at halftime, including two goals apiece from seniors Sarah Phillips and Megan Seidman. It was the closest the Colonials would come to victory, after the Dragons used an explosive second half to pull away decisively.

Drexel outscored GW 10-2 on the second, including six straight goals to open the half. Phillips picked up her third goal of the game, for her second straight hat trick, and junior Nicole Lacey added a goal for the Colonials’ only two scores on the half. Lacey also matched her own program single-game record with 10 draw controls on the afternoon.

GW next hosts Long Island at 1 p.m. Feb. 25.

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