GW Softball Sweeps UMass to Extend Win Streak to 11

Meghan Rico matched GW's rookie record with her 13th win by tossing a four-hit shutout at UMass.

April 21, 2013

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. - In a rematch of the 2012 Atlantic 10 title game, the George Washington softball team swept a doubleheader from defending champion Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon at Sortino Field, the site of the 2013 A-10 Championship. The Colonials defeated the Minutewomen, 4-3, in the first game, then took the nightcap, 8-0, in six innings.

GW (22-17, 9-3 A-10) extended its school-best win streak to 11 by defeating UMass for the first time in program history.

Seniors Autumn Taylor and Amanda Zakeri each made history in the second game, as Taylor surpassed Jackie Yaniga ('08) to take sole possession of GW's all-time RBIs record with 94 and Zakeri eclipsed Elana Meyers ('07) for the career stolen bases record with 69.

The Colonials scored all four runs in the second inning in Game 1. After loading the bases with one out on two hit batters and a walk, freshman Morgan Matetic drove in the first run of the game with a fielder's choice in which everyone was safe and Zakeri walked to plate another. Senior Tara Fogarty then ripped a two-run double to the gap in left-center to give GW a 4-0 lead.

After escaping a bases loaded jam in the first inning, GW junior Courtney Martin settled down and allowed just four hits over the next four innings until UMass (14-19, 8-4 A-10) broke through for three runs in the seventh. UMass sandwiched a double and a triple between two singles to cut GW's lead to one with one out in the final frame, but with the tying run aboard Martin induced a groundout and a flyout to end the game and preserve the 4-3 win.



Martin (9-10) went the distance and struck out five in the victory. She allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk. Caroline Raymond (11-8) took the loss for the Minutewomen after giving up four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out seven in seven innings.

Junior Chelsea Lenhart paced the Colonials with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.

GW dominated in Game 2 behind freshman Meghan Rico's four-hit shutout, her fifth of the season, which matches the Colonials' rookie record set by Amanda Gabriel in 2007. Rico (13-7) struck out six batters in the game and also matched Gabriel's freshman mark with her 13th win of the year.

The Colonials struck for a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Zakeri led off with a walk, stole second and came around to score on a single by sophomore Victoria Valos.

GW added two more in the third to push its lead to 3-0. After Forgarty singled and Valos walked, senior Autumn Taylor grounded to third, where UMass third baseman Teea Rogers stepped on the bag to force the lead runner, but her throw to first was wide and allowed Valos to score from first. Taylor, who moved to third on the play, later scored on a groundout by freshman Carlee Gray.

The Colonials stretched the lead to 6-0 in the fifth, as Taylor drove in a run with a single and Gray plated another with a bases loaded walk before sophomore Samantha Dos Santos laid down a squeeze bunt to drive in the third run of the inning.

The first two batters of the seventh inning reached base, and with two outs, Taylor ripped a single up the middle to bring them both home for an 8-0 lead.

Emma Mendoker (2-9) took the loss for UMass. She gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in four innings. Raymond tossed two innings in relief and allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks.

Valos and Taylor combined to go 4-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs scored to pace the Colonials at the plate. Zakeri also scored all three times she was on base.

The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they visit Atlantic 10 rival La Salle for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.