GW Softball Splits Doubleheader With La Salle
Rico Tosses Shutout in 9-0 Game 1 Win
April 5, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team split a doubleheader with Atlantic 10 rival La Salle on Saturday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials blanked the Explorers, 9-0, in five innings in the opener before dropping Game 2 by a score of 7-3.
Sophomore Meghan Rico (10-10) gave up just six hits and did not allow an earned run in 12 innings on the day, striking out 11 while tossing two complete games. Sophomore Morgan Matetic went 4-for-6 and scored three runs in the two games while freshman Jillian Galich was 3-for-6 with three RBIs and freshman Megan Linn was 3-for-7 with two RBIs and four runs scored.
GW (14-20-1, 1-3 A-10) scored early and often in Game 1, crossing the plate three times in each of the first three innings.
Linn got things started by reaching on an error and stealing both second and third base. She scored on a single by junior Victoria Valos, and after a fielder's choice and an infield single, Galich doubled to the gap in right-center field to drive in two runs for the early 3-0 lead.
Junior Samantha Dos Santos legged out an infield single to lead off the second, went to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Linn followed with a triple and scored on an RBI grounder by freshman Bradleigh Breland, who was safe on the play. After stealing second, Breland later scored on an RBI single by sophomore Carlee Gray to make it 6-0.
After Rico tossed her second straight 1-2-3 inning in the top of the third, the Colonials put two on with one out for Linn, who singled to right to drive in both runners, and she scored two batters later on an infield hit by Valos for the 9-0 margin.
Rico escaped a bases loaded jam in the top of the fourth and allowed two base runners in the fifth but struck out left fielder Kendra Heyer to end the game. Rico allowed just three hits and struck out four in the win, while La Salle starter Alicia Aughton (7-6) gave up four runs (one earned) on four hits in one inning to take the loss. Mary Cate Scott pitched the final three frames and was charged with five runs (three earned) on six hits.
Linn went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two steals and three runs scored to lead the Colonials at the plate. Valos and Galich were also 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs apiece.
Rico and Aughton were locked in a pitcher's duel for much of the nightcap, but GW broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning when Matetic doubled and scored on a single by Galich.
The Explorers (12-13, 4-2 A-10) scored all seven of their runs in the final two innings. Third baseman Christina Bascara put La Salle on the scoreboard with a two-out three-run homer in the sixth inning - the Explorers' first hit of the game - to put the visitors on top 3-1.
Matetic responded in the bottom of the inning with her team-leading fourth homer of the season over the left field fence to make it 3-2, but La Salle scored four times in the top of the seventh to take a 7-2 lead. A two-out RBI single by Gray drove in Linn in the bottom of the inning, but it was not enough as the Colonials fell, 7-3.
Rico struck out seven and allowed just three hits in the loss, as La Salle capitalized on five GW errors to score seven unearned runs. Scott (5-7) earned the win in relief, giving up two runs on five hits in 3.2 innings of work. Aughton tossed the first 3.1 innings and was charged with one unearned run on four hits with four strikeouts.
The Colonials outhit the Explorers, 9-3, in the game behind a pair of hits by Matetic and freshman Madi Myers-Cook. Linn also reached base for the 15th straight game with her leadoff single in the seventh.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday when they hit the road for the first time in six weeks to visit Atlantic 10 newcomer and Revolutionary Rival George Mason for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.