Rico Tosses No-Hitter in GW Softball's Season-Opening Win
Colonials Drop Game Two of Hampton Inn Invitational
Feb. 8, 2013
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Making her collegiate debut, freshman Meghan Rico tossed the third no-hitter in program history and the George Washington softball team blanked Seton Hall, 8-0, in five innings in its season opener at the Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by Campbell University. The Colonials dropped the nightcap to Robert Morris, 5-1.
Rico struck out six and walked four in the five-inning complete game against the Pirates. She is the first GW rookie to throw a no-hitter and joins Jen Hrycyna in 2006 and Kara Clauss in 2012 as the only other Colonials to not allow a hit in a game.
GW had at least one base runner in each inning, but did not get on the scoreboard until the third when they sent 12 batters to the plate and exploded for seven runs. Junior Chelsea Lenhart led off with an infield single and sophomore Samantha Dos Santos was hit by a pitch, then sophomore Victoria Valos tripled down the right field line to plate both runners, and senior Autumn Taylor followed with an RBI single to right to make it 3-0. Then with one out, freshman Carlee Gray picked up her first career hit and senior Julie Orlandi drove Taylor home with a single to left field. Orlandi stole second and junior Alexandra Del Prete walked to load the bases and force a pitching change, but senior Kristi Saporito greeted Casey Moses with an RBI fielder's choice and Lenhart drove in two more when she reached on an error to make it 7-0.
Every no-hitter must have a play to preserve it, and this game was no different. With a runner on first and two outs in the top of the fourth, Del Prete made a diving catch in left field to rob Seton Hall left fielder Cashel Gaffey.
The Colonials walked off with the victory in the bottom of the fifth when Valos came up with two on and one out and knocked a single to left to drive in Lenhart with the eighth run of the game.
Valos went 2-for-3 in the game with three RBIs, while Gray was 2-for-2 with a double in her debut. Freshman Morgan Matetic also picked up her first career hit, while Taylor became the eighth player in program history to collect 100 career hits and the fifth to reach 60 RBIs. Lenhart was 1-for-4 but reached base three times and scored twice from the leadoff spot.
Jen Metzger was charged with seven runs (six earned) on five hits and three walks in 2.1 innings of work to suffer the loss for Seton Hall. Moses surrendered the remaining run on three hits over the final 2.1 innings.
The second game was a different story for the Colonials' offense, which managed just three hits in a 5-1 loss to Robert Morris.
Junior Courtney Martin struck out a career-high seven batters in the complete game, allowing five runs on eight hits without walking a batter. Geena Badolato also tossed a complete game for RMU, striking out five and walking three.
GW threatened in the second inning, loading the bases with one out, but was unable to push a run across as the final two batters of the inning struck out.
Robert Morris scored four runs in the third thanks to an error followed by a pair of singles, and with two outs first baseman Lauren Hackett stole home. RMU added to its lead in the sixth on a two-out triple by designated player Kristen Gabelt.
Senior Tara Fogarty led off the top of the seventh with a double down the right field line and scored on Lenhart's two-out single for GW's lone run of the game.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they take on host Campbell at 1:40 p.m. and Virginia at 8:40 p.m. on the final day of the Hampton Inn Invitational.