As far as debuts go, you can't get much better than former King Philip ace and Wrentham native Meghan Rico.
In 2010, after a late-season injury to their star pitcher, then-sophomore Rico took over the reigns of the staff and led the Warriors to the first of back-to-back state titles.
Yeterday in Buies Creek, N.C., at the Hampton Inn Invitational on the campus of Campbell University, Rico tossed a no-hitter in her freshman debut for George Washington University. Rico walked four and struck out six, as the Colonials mercy-ruled Seton Hall, 8-0, in five innings.
She is the first GW rookie to throw a no-hitter, and is just the third pitcher in program history to achieve the feat.
Rico earned ESPNBoston.com's inaugural Miss Softball honor, awarded to the state's top overall player, in 2011 as a junior. That year, she led the Warriors to the second straight MIAA Division 1 state title, 21-0 with a minuscule ERA of 0.15. She allowed just 29 hits over 144 innings thrown with 313 strikeouts, 24 walks, two perfect games and just three earned runs. Last spring, she went 17-3 on the mound, striking out 274 in 142 innings thrown while surrendering just 10 earned runs all season.