Thursday, May 26, 2011
Another perfect outing for KP softball
By Brendan Hall
Is it possible to get any better than this?
Two days after winning an extra-innings thriller with No. 3 Milford under the lights, No. 1 King Philip completed its perfect regular season by defeating Oliver Ames, 5-0, thanks to yet another perfect game in the circle by its ace.
Meghan Rico fanned 16 batters and allowed no walks or hits to improve to 15-0 and rack up her second perfect game of the season. It's the third time a KP pitcher has thrown a perfect game, with No. 2 starter Meg Carnase throwing one last week. The junior George Washington commit also went 2 for 3 at the plate to help the winning cause.
After years of recent pitching dominance, it's tough to put Rico's amazing season in perspective. But consider this: last year's ace, current UMass freshman Maggie Quealy, had 120 strikeouts on the season. This season, in 102 innings, she has 220 strikeouts and allowed just 20 hits for an ERA of 0.074.
"Right off the first inning, you could see she had command of mound," head coach Jim Leonard said. "She was just really on fire. Nothing change for her from the beginning of the game to the last at bat, she didn’t change her performance.
"To see someone throw two perfect games in one season, and looking at the parallel as a perfect regular season as a team, to have three perfect games shared by pitchers, I'm kinda pleased with all that symmetry. It's neat for us as team to be involved in a game like that."
The Warriors finish the regular season 20-0, with 17 of those wins coming as shutouts. They've allowed just three runs all season long.