Six GW Softball Players Earn A-10 Postseason Honors
Junior Hurler Courtney Martin is First Colonial on First Team Since 2007
May 7, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A program-record six George Washington softball student-athletes were named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams, the league announced on Tuesday. Junior Courtney Martin and senior Autumn Taylor garnered First- and Second-Team honors, respectively, while freshmen Carlee Gray and Meghan Rico were selected to the All-Rookie Team. In addition, Martin, senior Amanda Zakeri and junior Chelsea Lenhart earned spots on the All-Academic Team.
The six honorees are the most-ever in the softball program's 11-year history; the previous high was four in 2008.
Martin has enjoyed a breakout 2013 campaign. In her first season as a full-time starter, the Tempe, Ariz., native has emerged as the ace of the Colonials' pitching staff. She boasts a 13-11 record, three saves and a 2.00 ERA with 159 strikeouts in 181.2 innings of work. Martin's earned-run average and win total are the second-best single-season marks in program history, while her strikeout sum is third best. In addition, she ranks third in the A-10 in ERA and strikeouts.
Martin becomes the first Colonials' player to be named to the A-10 First Team since Elana Meyers in 2007 and just the second ever; Meyers earned First Team recognition twice (2006, 2007).
Martin has excelled in the classroom, as well. The junior psychology major boasts a 3.44 grade-point average, has been recognized on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll twice and on GW's Athletics Academic Dean's List five times.
Taylor has established herself as one of the best hitters in GW softball history during her four-year tenure in Foggy Bottom. The center fielder is batting a career-best .356 and slugging .652 with 48 hits, five triples, eight home runs and 43 RBIs this season. Those totals all rank among the top-10 single-season marks in program history, including second in RBIs and triples, fourth in slugging and fifth in batting average. She is the Colonials' all-time leader in RBIs with 102, and also ranks second with 24 career home runs and fourth in batting average (.294) and hits (147). A native of Severna Park, Md., Taylor is one of just two Colonials ever to be named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week twice in her career.
Gray has started every game at first base and has been a force in the heart of the Colonials' lineup in her rookie campaign. She is batting .328 with 45 hits, nine doubles and 28 RBIs, and has reached base at a .410 clip. She ranks second on the team in doubles and third in batting average, hits and RBIs. Earlier this season, the Elk Grove, Calif., native reached base in a school-record 18 consecutive games, and was named A-10 Rookie of the Week after smashing the game-winning grand slam against Ohio State in March. In addition, Gray has posted a .987 fielding percentage with just four errors in 311 chances.
Rico has combined with Martin to become the second-best pitching staff in the Atlantic 10. The freshman from Wrentham, Mass., owns a 13-10 record and 3.06 ERA with 133 strikeouts in 126.0 innings of work. She has held opponents to a .198 batting average, which ranks second in the A-10 and is on pace for a school record. In addition, her 13 wins and five shutouts both match GW rookie records. Rico started out with a bang, tossing the third no-hitter in program history in her collegiate debut, and she was named both A-10 Pitcher and Rookie of the Week in April, the first Colonial to earn both honors in the same week.
Gray and Rico give the Colonials an All-Rookie selection for the third year in a row, joining Lenhart in 2011 and Victoria Valos in 2012.
Lenhart boasts a 3.61 GPA as an international affairs major. The junior right fielder from Phoenix, Ariz., has been recognized on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll three times and is an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete. A 2011 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection, Lenhart has started every game of her career and ranks among GW's all-time leaders in hits (118), doubles (27), RBIs (60) and total bases (163).
Zakeri became just the third Colonial ever to earn CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors last week. The senior from Toledo, Ohio, maintains a 3.74 GPA as an exercise science major and has been recognized on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all seven semesters. Zakeri is GW's all-time record holder with 71 career stolen bases, and broke her own single-season mark with her 28th steal of the year on Sunday. The designated player boasts a .486 on-base percentage (on pace for new school record) in 2013, and her .403 career OBP ranks fifth all-time. Zakeri has reached base in 18 straight games since April 7, matching the school record set by Gray earlier this season.
GW (26-21, 13-7 A-10) is the No. 4 seed in this week's Atlantic 10 Championship following a regular season in which it set new program marks for overall and conference victories. The Colonials open the six-team, double-elimination tournament against fifth-seeded Saint Louis on Wednesday at 10 a.m.