Powell's Playbook: Movin' On

I’ve been hard on some teams this year and I’ve been easy on others. And I’ve let readers know a little too much about my NASCAR obsession.

In the world of George Mason University sports though, we are wrapping up the spring season, the tail end of this year’s sports. So let’s take a look at what happened this year and what to look forward to in the future.

Who Says You Can’t Go Home: Corner Infielders Have Been a Huge Impact on The Young Team

Freshman Megan Blank is not the only country music fanatic on the diamond as she walks up to the plate to her favorite artist Miranda Lambert’s song “Gunpowder & Lead.” Sophomore Katie Rynex, a self-described “country girl” herself, has been another key addition to the George Mason University softball team’s corner infield pair.

Rynex, who entered the weekend with a .247 batting average, leads the Patriots with seven doubles and 22 RBIs.

Mason Blanks GW: Dudley Jacks First Home Run of 2010 Season

Sophomore second baseman Tori Dudley did not fear falling behind two strikes early in the count. Instead, she found an opportunity to put some good wood on the ball, hitting her first home run as the George Mason University softball team topped the George Washington Colonials 9-0 to sweep the season series on Wednesday at the George Mason Softball Complex.

Danks a lot: White Sox pitcher on the radar in 2010

When it comes to discussing about the top pitchers in the American League Central, Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander make headlines for their phenomenal season last year.

Mark Buerhle’s perfect game also receives a lot of attention. But, the one guy under the radar in the past two seasons is the 25-year-old arm John Danks of the Chicago White Sox.

Patriots complete rally

The George Mason University baseball team was deadlocked at 7-7 with the Delaware Blue Hens with the bases juiced and no one out.

Sophomore right fielder Dan Schafferman stroked a single to left-center field to give Mason the 8-7 win on Friday.

Mason improved to 24-12 overall and 8-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association to preserve its position in the standings. The Blue Hens fell to 20-16 overall and 3-7 in the conference.

Powell’s Playbook: High Hopes

Recruiting is possibly the most important aspect of college sports. I have seen high schools recruit, but when a significant portion of league funds is divided to member schools based on performance, it becomes more important.

During this time of the year, recruiting is of high importance for George Mason University fans. I assume that most people reading this column are fans of the National Football League and would have watched the Washington Redskins draft the most athletic offensive lineman from college football.

Wild weekend in baseball

From a hitting clinic to a 20-inning marathon, Saturday was just another wild day in baseball. But it was capped off with a no-hitter.

San Francisco Giants ace pitcher Tim Lincecum dominated on the mound again, tossing six shutout innings and allowing four hits while striking out seven batters. Lincecum lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.90 as the Giants topped the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Karaoke night with Bohman and Fanella

Following their conference championship, the George Mason University women’s volleyball team celebrated by singing “We are the Champions” by Queen.

With the fall season approaching, the team looks to defend the conference title, while sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Bohman and sophomore outside hitter Noelle Fanella look for a big year in 2010.

After an excellent performance in the 2009 season, Bohman and Fanella showed that they were a force to be reckoned with, making contributions on both sides of the court.