Martire Walk-Off Homer Ends Marathon as Rams Beat GW 6-5 in 12 Innings

Photo by Dave Duncan
Photo by Dave Duncan

How It Happened
Rhode Island (8-21, 3-3 Atlantic 10) got a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning from Melanie Martire to defeat George Washington in the opener of a three-game series Sunday afternoon.

After building a 5-0 lead through the first four innings, Rhode Island saw its lead evaporate when George Washington (22-13, 2-5 A-10) scored four times in the top of the sixth. The Colonials tied the game with two outs in the top of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

Rhode Island was held hitless from the fifth inning through the 11th inning until Martire stepped to the plate to lead off the bottom of the 12th. Sitting on a 2-0 pitch, she launched a shot to left field to end the game and even Rhody's record in conference play.

The teams started Game Two of the series, but the game was suspended after four innings due to darkness. Action will resume Monday afternoon with George Washington leading, 3-0, heading to the top of the fifth inning.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Julia Waraksy continued her stellar season as a relief pitcher for Rhode Island. She earned the victory by pitching 6.1 innings of relief, allowing just one run on five hits. Waraksy struck out five batters and walked just one.
  • In 11 appearances this season, Waraksy has a 3-1 record and a team-best 2.52 earned run average. She has allowed just nine earned runs in 25.0 innings of work.
  • Starting pitched Becca Rogers cruised through the first five innings, blanking George Washington until the top of the sixth. Rogers struck out seven in 5.2 innings and now has 80 strikeouts and just 40 walks in 79.0 innings pitched.
  • Redshirt sophomore Melanie Martire hit her first home run of the season to win the game. Martire also singled to collect her third multi-hit game of the season. Last year she had three home runs in just 34 at bats before an injury ended her season.
  • Junior Adriana Toro had two hits and scored two runs. She leads the team with 12 runs scored.
  • Senior Kylie Shivery singled twice and drove in two runs.
  • Freshman Abby Fenbert doubled and drove in a pair of runs, while sophomore Caileigh Holland walked and scored once.
  • This is the second straight season Rhode Island has started Atlantic 10 play 3-3. 

Stat of the Day
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The 12-inning game was the longest on record for Rhode Island. It also marked the second time in a five-game span the Rams played 11 innings or more. On March, Rhody won 6-4 in 11 innings at George Mason.

What's Next
On Monday, Rhode Island and George Washington will complete Game Two of the series, starting at 1 p.m. After the conclusion of that game, the teams will play the series finale.