NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Washington’s Megan Linn was named the Atlantic 10 Softball Player of the Week while Dayton’s Manda Cash earned Pitcher of the Week. Also honored was George Washington’s Jenna Cone who was named Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from games held April 3-9.
Linn batted an impressive .700 (14-for-20) across five games to help the Colonials post a 4-1 record on the week. The shortstop tallied multiple hits in all five games, scoring eight runs and added two RBI as GW's leadoff batter. With three doubles, Linn slugged .850 and reached base at a .714 clip. The senior was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts and did not strike out. The Corona, Calif., native went 9-for-12 in the Colonial’s three-game series at La Salle, helping GW take two-of-three contests. Starting at shortstop in all five games, Linn posted eight putouts and seven assists.
Cash, a junior from Columbus, Ohio, worked back-to-back complete games in the circle for Dayton Saturday and Sunday, picking up a 9-4 win and a 5-0 shutout. On Saturday she recorded 10 strikeouts, her second-consecutive double-digit strikeout game, to zero walks. On Sunday, Cash struck out six and held the Bonnies scoreless. For the weekend, Cash posted a 1.50 ERA over 14.0 innings of work. She also played both games in the number-six hitting slot, going 3-for-7 with four RBI.
Cone, a rookie from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., had a monster week at the plate, batting .647 (11-for-17) while slugging 1.235 and reaching base at a .571 clip, helping the Colonials win four-of-five. Cone blasted three home runs with 13 RBI and added nine runs scored. The freshman had two of her home runs come against A-10 foe La Salle over the weekend as the Colonials took two-of-three games. In the series against the Explorers, Cone went 7-for-10 with seven RBI and five runs scored. Cone made four starts in the hot corner and one behind the plate, tallying nine putouts and 18 assists across five games.