As the George Washington softball team traveled to Amherst, Mass., last week for the Atlantic 10 Championship, College Sports Madness recognized four Colonials on its annual list of all-conference selections for the A-10.
Among the honorees, senior Autumn Taylor, junior Courtney Martin and sophomore Tori Valos earned first-team accolades, while freshman Meghan Rico was tabbed to the second team.
Taylor batted a career-best .350 with 40 hits, five triples, eight home runs and 44 RBIs, ranking among the top-10 single-season totals in program history in each category, including second in RBIs and triples. The center fielder is the Colonials' all-time leader in RBIs (103) and ranks second in home runs (24) and fourth in hits (149).
Martin enjoyed a breakout 2013 campaign. In her first season as a full-time starter, she emerged as the ace of the Colonials' pitching staff, posting a 14-13 record with a 2.10 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 193.2 innings of work, ranking third in the A-10 in ERA and strikeouts.
Valos batted .358 and set a number of GW single-season records in 2013, including runs (43), RBIs (53), home runs (11), extra-base hits (25), total bases (106) and slugging percetnage (.675). In addition, the shortstop ranks third all-time at GW in RBIs (86) and home runs (22).
Rico combined with Martin to form the second-best pitching staff in the Atlantic 10 in 2013. She posted a 13-10 record, a 3.06 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 135.0 innings, holding opponents to a .202 batting average, which ranked second in the league and shattered a school record.
The Colonials finished the 2013 campaign with a 27-23 mark, setting a school record for most victories and posting the first winning season in program history.