Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: May 13, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Baseball

George Mason starting pitcher Stacen Gant had his best performance of the season last Friday at Delaware and was honored on Monday by the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) as the CAA Pitcher of the Week. It’s the second time this season Gant has earned the award.

Gant, a senior majoring in sports management with a minor in information technology, threw a complete-game shutout against the Blue Hens, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out nine. He did not allow a runner past first base in the game. Gant improved to 9-2 on the year and lowered his ERA to 2.96. He also pushed his strikeouts to 81 for the year, seven shy of tying Mason’s single-season record for strikeouts.

The men’s baseball team is currently 30-17. The Patriots are off for finals but return to action on May 20 when they host James Madison University in the start of a three-game CAA series.

Softball

Three George Mason University players earned CAA honors on Wednesday. Senior shortstop Stacy James was named to the All-CAA First Team for the third time in her career, while outfielders junior Emily Grapel, administration of justice major, and freshman Katlyn Winter, math major, both earned conference All-Rookie Team honors.

James closed out the 2005 regular season first among conference peers in stolen bases (14), second in batting average (.333) and fifth in on-base percentage (.398). James finished her four-year Mason career in the top five in 10 different career categories and owns four of those records. She is first in the record books in at bats (733), hits (265), triples (20), and assists (602).

In 2002, James was named CAA Rookie of the Year and to the All-CAA First Team. At the close of her sophomore season, James garnered CAA Player of the Year honors and was also named to the conference all-tournament team. In 2003, James earned second team All-CAA accolades. James has also been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for seven straight semesters and was on the Dean’s List for one semester.

Grapel, who started 40 of Mason’s 53 games, finished the year third among teammates in batting average (.252), connected on a team third-best five doubles and hit two home runs. In addition, she amassed 29 hits on the year, scored 13 runs, and earned 12 RBI. Grapel hit her first collegiate grand slam this season.

Winter saw action in 37 contests and finished the year in the top 10 among teammates in batting average (.221). Winter connected on 23 hits for the season, scored 15 runs, and had 104 chances at bat for the Patriots. In addition, Winter hit one home run, one triple, two doubles, and garnered eight RBI.

The Patriots closed out the 2005 campaign with an overall record of 22-31 and a 6-11 mark in league play.

Wrestling

George Mason freshman Randy Oates, undeclared major, was named to the CAA wrestling All-Rookie Team on Wednesday. Oates wrestled at 165 pounds all season for the Patriots, but earned the all-Rookie nod at 174 pounds. He completed the season with a 12-18 overall record and 4-3 mark against conference opponents. He finished 5-8 in overall dual matches and posted five pin fall victories.

The Patriots put together a solid 8-7 overall record and 4-4 mark in the CAA in 2004-05, utilizing a lineup that mainly consisted of 14 freshmen and sophomores.

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