Nov. 22, 2011
WASHINGTON – George Washington softball coach Stacey Schramm announced on Tuesday that Carlee Gray (1B, 6’0”), Morgan Matetic (C/U, 5’3”), Maura Murphy (I/U, 5’8”), Meghan Rico (P, 5’7”) and Laura Thompson (P/U, 5’8”) have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Colonials during the 2012-13 school year.
“We are very excited to welcome these five players to the GW softball family,” Schramm said. “This group brings a wealth of talent to the field, as well as great character off the field, and I know the players will represent this University well. We expect this class to have an immediate impact on our program.”
Gray, a three-year letterwinner from Elk Grove, Calif., led Elk Grove High School to its third straight Delta Valley League Championship as a junior. Her squad, which was ranked No. 1 nationally by the ESPN Rise preseason poll, finished the 2011 season with a No. 2 ranking. Gray is coming off a notable junior season when she hit .333 with six doubles and registered 24 RBIs. She guided her California Breeze club softball team to a seventh-place finish in the 2010 Gold Nationals as she hit .388 with three home runs.
“Carlee is an athletic first baseman with great potential,” said Schramm. “She is a terrific defender and will have a big impact on our infield. On the offensive end, Carlee has a lot of power and consistently reaches base at a high rate.”
Hailing from McMurray, Pa., Matetic is a two-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-District and All-Section honoree from Peters Township High School. Matetic earned the all-district and all-section accolades for the second consecutive year when she hit .537 and posted a .574 on-base percentage as a junior. An all-around athlete, Matetic also earned three varsity letters in basketball. She plays club softball for the Pittsburgh Power Gold.
“Morgan is a complete hitter and is capable of batting for both average and power,” Schramm said. “She can play multiple positions and will help deepen our line up with her ability to fill different offensive roles.”
Murphy, from Snoqualmie, Wash., is a three-time All-King County League selection. Murphy guided Mount Si High School to an eighth-place finish at the Washington State Championships last season as she led the squad in batting average (.471) and on-base percentage (.500). She also drove in 28 runs during her junior year, despite being sidelined most of the season with an ankle injury. Murphy is a versatile player who has played every position on the field throughout her career, with the exception of pitcher and catcher. Murphy also helped her club softball team, the Washington Ladyhawks Gold, to a ninth-place finish at the Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship last year.
“Maura is a consistent and dependable player,” said Schramm. “Offensively, she has the ability to drive the ball to gaps in the field. On defense she is very steady and her ability to play multiple positions is extremely valuable.”
Rico, a native of Wrentham, Mass., struck out 313 batters and allowed just 29 hits in 144 innings pitched as a junior at King Phillip High School. Rico led her squad to its second straight undefeated season last year en route to its second consecutive Massachusetts State Championship. She finished her junior season with a perfect 21-0 mark a 0.15 ERA, while limiting her opponents to a .062 batting average. Rico posted double-digit strikeouts in every game but one and struck out a career-best 19 batters on three separate occasions. Rico registered six no-hitters and one perfect game throughout the 2011 season and was named the Hockomock League MVP, Boston Globe Division I Player of the Year, ESPNBoston.com Softball Player of the Year, ESPNBoston.com First Team MIAA All-State and Boston Herald All-Scholastic. She also plays softball for Rhode Island Thunder Golf.
“Meghan has been a dominant pitcher at every level,” Schramm said. “She hits the strike zone with pure velocity and spin and she consistently works ahead in the count.”
Thompson, a four-time all-county selection from Marietta, Ga., led Walton High School on the mound all four years in earned run average. Three out of her four seasons, Thompson also led her squad in batting average and slugging percentage. As a senior she finished with a 1.19 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 141 innings pitched. Thompson limited opponents to a .170 hitting average as she threw 22 complete games. At the plate, Thompson hit .513 with a .580 on-base percentage and a .737 slugging average. She posted team-highs in hits (39), doubles (14), runs scored (24) and RBIs (31) during her senior season and was named to the First Team 5A All-Region for the third straight year. Thompson was also selected to the Georgia Dugout Club All-State First Team. She plays club softball for the Georgia Impact.
“Laura is a strong player who will make an immediate offensive impact in the circle,” said Schramm. “She is a great competitor and she locates her pitches well. She also has a nice ability to drive in runs.”
The GW softball team opens the 2012 season at the Coastal Carolina Invitational on Friday, Feb. 10.