Junior Blasts 27th Career Long Ball but Hoyas Score Winning Run in Sixth
Matetic Hits Team-Best Sixth Home Run
Junior Hits 26th Career Home Run in 5-4 Game 1 Win
Colonials Win Opener, 8-0, Behind 12 Hits, Two Homers
Colonials Visit A-10 Rival St. Bonaventure on Sunday
Owns the program's all-time record for lowest opponent batting average (.202) ... Enters the season ranking third all-time at GW in ERA (3.06) and shutouts (5) and fourth in wins (13).
2013: Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team ... Went 13-10 with a 3.06 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 135.0 innings of work during her rookie campaign ... Set GW's rookie record for strikeouts ... Her 13 wins match GW's freshman record and are the third-highest single-season total in program history, her 139 strikeouts rank fourth and her 135.0 innings pitched rank seventh ... Made 33 appearances and tossed 10 complete games among 24 starts ... Her 33 appearances are the fourth-most ever by a Colonial, while her 24 starts rank fifth and 10 complete games rank eighth ... Threw five shutouts on the year, equaling GW's rookie record and the second-highest total in school history ... Set a program record by holding opponents to a .202 batting average ... Ranked 41st in the nation in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (5.03) ... Tossed the third no-hitter in program history and the first by a GW freshman in her collegiate debut, striking out six in a five-inning complete game win over Seton Hall at Campbell's Hampton Inn Invitational (Feb. 8) ... Produced three double-digit strikeout performances on the season ... Threw a five-inning one-hit shutout in the first game of the Drexel doubleheader (Feb. 27) ... Struck out 10 batters against Dartmouth at the Colonial Classic (March 2) ... Pitched another one-hit shutout against Drexel, this one seven innings, at the Capitol Invitational (March 16) ... Followed by allowing one run on two hits and striking out nine in a win over St. John's (March 17) ... Struck out 39 batters in 25.0 innings spanning five appearances from April 6-13 ... Allowed one run and struck out 10 in a victory over Butler (April 6) ... Followed by striking out a career-high 11 batters in the second game of the Saint Louis doubleheader (April 7) ... Fanned nine in a two-hit shutout in the second game of the St. Bonaventure doubleheader (April 13) ... Named Atlantic 10 Pitcher and Rookie of the Week on April 15, becoming the first Colonial to win both awards in the same week ... Blanked Massachusetts on four hits in the second game of a doubleheader to complete the sweep of the defending A-10 champions ... Earned Atlantic 10 all-conference second team honors from College Sports Madness.
High School: Named the 2011 Player of the Year by the Boston Globe and ESPNBoston after posting a 21-0 record and a 0.15 ERA and limiting opponents to a 0.62 average ... Two-time Hockomock League MVP as a junior and senior, when she posted a 43-3 combined record with a 0.31 ERA and 628 strikeouts, allowing just 14 earned runs and 87 hits in 313 innings over those two years ... Tossed four perfect games, eight no-hitters, 15 one-hitters and 30 shutouts in that span ... Two-time First-Team All-State and an All-Scholastic Team selection in 2011 and 2012 ... Led King Philip High School to back-to-back undefeated seasons and state titles in 2010 and 2011.
Personal: Meghan Elizabeth Rico ... Born Oct. 15, 1993, in Norwood, Mass. ... Daughter of Betty and Joe Rico ... Has a younger brother, Joseph ... Intends to major in exercise science/pre-med.