McMahon paves the way with her pitching, hitting

After battling for two tense, one-run games this past week against Oakland Tech, senior pitcher Michelle McMahon made sure there would be little doubt Washington would secure its fifth straight Transbay Series softball title on Thursday at Lang Field.

McMahon crushed a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and pitched a three-hit shutout to propel the Eagles to a convincing 9-0 win against Oakland Tech, capturing the best-of-three series with the victory.

It was the eighth Transbay title for the Academic Athletic Association champion Eagles (16-2). Tech, winners of the Oakland Athletic League, finished 15-3.

The softball team’s victory combined with a Game 3 win by the Eagles in baseball’s Transbay Series gave Washington both titles, the firsttime since Oakland’s Skyline held the pair in 2001.

McMahon, who went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, was the centerpiece of a senior-laden squad that never lost a Transbay series over their four-year careers.

“We’re like a family here,” said McMahon, who will play softball next year at a junior college in Santa Ana. “We knew what we had to do, and we came out and played hard every out and every inning of this game.

“I couldn’t imagine going out any better than this.”

Fellow seniors Tracy Visser, Caroline Reissenweber and Minna Huang also contributed mightily for the Eagles, combining to go

5-for-10, with three RBIs and five runs in their final outing as the Washington bats finally broke out against hard-throwing Bulldogs pitcher Marika Zumbro.

Huang’s two-run triple in the fourth inning helped extend the Eagles’ lead to 5-0, then she came home on Visser’s perfectly placed bunt immediately after, all but sealing the victory for Washington.

“This is a huge accomplishment for our seniors,” Eagles coach Carrie Wert said. “They went four years and only lost one league game and they never lost a Transbay Series. That’s phenomenal.

“They’re great players, but they’re even better people. They love softball and they love being around each other. It’s really pretty amazing.”

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