GW Softball Earns First Atlantic 10 Victory, Beats Butler 4-1
Rico Strikes Out 10; Valos Smashes Seventh Home Run
April 6, 2013
WASHINGTON - Freshman Meghan Rico matched her career high with 10 strikeouts and sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos hit her seventh home run of the season as the George Washington softball team picked up its first Atlantic 10 victory with a 4-1 win over league newcomer Butler on Saturday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW (12-17, 1-3 A-10) snaps a six-game skid with the win and salvages a split with the Bulldogs in the two-game series after falling to Butler, 1-0, on Friday.
Rico escaped a one-out bases loaded jam in the first inning with a popup and a strikeout, and the Colonials rewarded her with a three-run two-out rally in the bottom of the inning. With runners on first and second, senior Autumn Taylor ripped a triple into the gap in right center field, and junior Chelsea Lenhart drove her in with a single to left to give GW an early 3-0 lead.
Butler (12-17, 3-3 A-10) got a run back in the third on an RBI single by third baseman Kristen Boros, but the Colonials regained a three-run advantage in the fifth when Valos led off the inning with a towering home run over the left field fence to make it 4-1.
The Bulldogs threatened in the seventh as the first two runners reached base, but Valos snagged three straight line drives to end the game.
Rico (7-7) allowed one run on six hits and four walks while equaling her career best with 10 strikeouts in the complete game win. Leah Bry (5-5) took the loss after giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits in four innings. She struck out nine and did not walk a batter. Jenny Esparza relieved her in the fifth and struck out five of the six batters she faced over the final two frames.
Valos went 2-for-3 to pace GW at the plate. Left fielder Cassie Rupel led the Bulldogs offensively with a 2-for-4 effort.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they host Atlantic 10 rival Saint Louis for a doubleheader. First pitch from the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus is set for 12 p.m.