GW Softball Wins School-Record Sixth Straight, 4-1 over St. John's
Rico Strikes Out Nine, Allows Two Hits in Sixth Win of Season
March 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team extended its winning streak to a school-record six consecutive games with a 4-1 victory over St. John's on Sunday afternoon, the final day of the Capital Invitational at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW improved to 11-11 on the season, reaching the .500 mark for the first time since Feb. 8, when its record was 1-1. The Colonials have won eight of their last nine games dating to March 9 and have outscored their opponents, 61-24, in that stretch.
Freshman Meghan Rico (6-5) allowed just two hits and struck out nine in six innings to earn the win, despite surrendering six walks. Junior Courtney Martin picked up her first career save after striking out two while tossing a hitless seventh.
Sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos gave the Colonials a 2-0 lead in the first inning with her fifth home run of the season, a slam over the right field fence after senior third baseman Tara Fogarty singled with one out.
The Red Storm scored its lone run of the game in the top of the second on a two-out RBI single by catcher Dominique Marcelino to slice its deficit in half, 2-1.
Valos led off the third with a double and scored when freshman first baseman Carlee Gray reached on an error to put GW back up by two, 3-1. The Colonials then added an insurance run in the fifth when senior Amanda Zakeri walked to lead off the inning, stole second and came around to score when Fogarty reached on an error.
Tori Free (1-9) suffered the loss for St. John's. She allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out seven in six innings.
Valos collected two of GW's three hits on the day. She was 2-for-2 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Colonials put their six-game winning streak on the line when they visit Virginia on Wednesday at 6 p.m.