NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Washington won both the Player and Pitcher of the Week in Atlantic 10 softball, with sophomore Priscilla Martinez claiming the A-10 Player of the Week honor and freshman Sierra Lange earning the Pitcher of the Week. Fordham freshman Brianno Pinto and Massachusetts freshman Kiara Oliver shared Co-Rookie of the Week honor. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played May 1-6 and are the final weekly awards of the season.
Martinez continued a hot run at the plate, posting a .636 average/.667 on-base percentage/.909 slugging percentage slash line in a series win at Saint Louis. The catcher from Fountain Valley, Calif., recorded an RBI and a run scored in all three games with three doubles along the way. Her top performance came in Sunday's finale when she went 4-for-4 in GW's 10-0 victory in five innings. She was behind the plate for a pair of complete-game shutouts, as well.
Lange tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts in leading GW to a road series victory at Saint Louis. The right-hander from Plano, Texas, allowed four hits over six innings in an 8-0 run-rule win Saturday before limiting the Billikens to three hits in a 10-0 victory in five innings in Sunday's rubber game. She finished the weekend with a perfect 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings. At the plate, she finished 4-for-9 (.444) with four runs and three RBI. She had a double, walked twice and stole a base.
Playing second base, Pinto enjoyed a breakout week over four games, helping the Rams to a 3-1 record by slashing .583/.583/.583. The Franklin Square, N.Y., native recorded at least one hit in all four games and two in three. At St. John’s on Wednesday, Pinto went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. In the series opener against La Salle, Pinto went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and followed that with a single in three at bats, plus a stolen base, in game two. In Sunday’s series finale, Pinto went 2-for-3 with two more stolen bases and an RBI.
Oliver went 1-0 with a game two win over George Mason, striking out eight in 8.0 innings of work. The righty from North Kingston, R.I. held the Patriots to a .161 average against, allowing no earned runs and five hits on her way to her 11th win in league play.