Good evening Georgetown softball fans! We're here in College Park for a twilight doubleheader between your Hoyas and the Maryland Terrapins. GU is taking another short break in BIG EAST action to play two against its Beltway rivals. The team's game against UMBC was rained out yesterday so the Hoyas will be seeing their first action since taking two of three on the road against Villanova last weekend. The Blue & Gray have really stepped it up in BIG EAST play, batting .319 as a team, nearly 100 points better than the squad managed in the non-conference season.
Georgetown puts two more on in the seventh, but falls to Maryland 1-0. The Hoyas will be back in action down in Florida this weekend when they take on the USF Bulls on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks for following! Go Hoyas!
No insurance runs for Maryland in its half of the sixth. Last chance for Georgetown. Anttila leading off.
Except for Maryland's nine-run first inning in game one, they have only scored twice in the last nine innings.
Maryland works its way out of another jam as the Hoyas put runners on second and third with two out, but were unable to get a clutch base hit to take the lead. Conners will try to keep them with one and give Anttila, Lowe and Stark a chance in the seventh.
After 105 pitches, Kendra Knight is out for Maryland. She is replaced in the circle by Kerry Hickey. Hickey is 9-6 on the season with a 1.74 ERA. This will be her 24th appearance.
And almost on cue, Kristi Preuss tried to spark a Georgetown rally. She reaches on an error by the first baseman and is pinch run for by Taylor Koenig.
Maryland gets a couple of runners on in its half of the fourth inning, but Conners against shuts the door. The senior is picking up right where she left off against Villanova on Saturday. 1-0 Maryland is still the score after four innings.
Anttila singles through the left side and Jenna Stark receives some respect, drawing the four pitch walk, but Kendra Knight maneuvers her way out of the jam again. Each team has two hits, but the Terps are still the only squad that has been able to push a run across. 1-0 Maryland as we head into the bottom of the third.
The Hoyas are unable to score after loading the bases, but are making pitcher Kendra Knight really work. She labored through the first inning and caught a couple of breaks to hold GU without a run. Georgetown has to be happy with how they've come out this game after the loss earlier this evening. In Knight's last game, she held No. 24 Georgia Tech to only one hit, and the Hoyas have already matched that.
Jenna Stark leads off the second with another double. The freshman has really come into her own lately, she has both Hoya hits on the day and is batting .500 (16-for-32) in her last 10 games.
Kristi Preuss then drew a walk after an at bat where she battled back from a 1-2 count and Rachel Nersesian was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Callie Eward worked the count full and was called out on a borderline strike three call. Coach Conlan came down the line to confer with the home plate umpire, but to no avail.
Maryland loads the bases and scores one on a HBP. Lead 1-0 after the first inning. Jenna Stark leading off the the Hoyas in the second.
The last bit of sunshine on the field has disappeared over the right field wall and the stadium lights are now on.
GAME TWO BEGINS HERE:
Coach Conlan just handed me her lineup for game two. Melissa Conners will be in the circle for Georgetown. In her last start, a win against Villanova that secured a doubleheader sweep for the Hoyas, the senior pitched seven innings, giving up only four hits, no earned runs and striking out four. She will be backed up by:
Carter - DP
Anttila - SS
Lowe - C
Stark - 3B
Savarese - 1B
Preuss - RF
Nersesian - 2B
Eward - LF
Graziano - CF
Freshman Jenna Stark continued her hot hitting, rocketing
a shot to center field for a double to lead off the fifth, but was stranded as
Czenchner set down the next three to earn the 10-0 win. Game two will start in about 30 minutes.
Coach Pat Conlan has made a number of changes for
Georgetown. Besides Sirockman taking her
place on the rubber, Carter has moved to DP, Rachel Nersesian has come in at
second base for Kristi Preuss, Danielle Cyr has come in for Jillian Webb and is
playing right and Callie Eward has moved over to man the other outfield corner.
Through three here at Taylor Stadium, the score stands at
10-0 in Maryland's favor. Georgetown has
been working the count against Czechner, with nearly every batter going either
2-2 or 3-2, but just haven't been able to translate those long at bats into hits. Maryland's pitcher has thrown 58 pitches in
just three innings.
Freshman Blair Sirockman came on in the bottom of the third to
make her ninth appearance on the year, giving up only two weak hits without
surrendering a run. She did a fantastic
job of keeping the Terps off balance.
And just like that Maryland sets down the Hoyas in order
and we move onto the bottom of the fourth.
Some non-game related observations. Georetown SID Ryan Sakamoto and facilities
guru Carl Zaparanick could teach the people here a thing or two about tracking
down foul balls. With all these deep
counts there are a lot of balls reaching the grounds surrounding the diamond
and forcing Maryland staff to go on a hunt for balls regularly.
first inning for Georgetown as Maryland scored nine times to take a 9-0
lead. Besides a couple of solid hits
there were a number of balls that barely missed finding a Hoya glove. A silver lining after the Terp offensive
onslaught - Lexi Carroll hit a three-run home run to center to start the
scoring and then made the third out of the inning when Carter made a beautiful
pitch to strike her out swinging.
started a little early here, 4:53 p.m. to be exact, at a cool and comfortable
64 degrees. Georgetown is not phased at
all by the powerful Czechner in the circle.
Mackensey Carter and Alexandria Anttila did what the top of the lineup
is supposed to, work the count and see pitches.
They forced the hurler to toss 15 balls just to record two outs. Shikara Lowe hit a rocket to shortstop, but
Kathy McLaughlin made a difficult play ranging to her left and throwing across
the diamond to beat Lowe by an inch. Carter
is now warming up to face the Terps in the bottom of the first.
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We just got starters in and Head Coach Pat Conlan filled out her lineup card for the Hoyas as follows:
1. Mackensey Carter - P
2. Alexandria Anttila - SS
3. Shikara Lowe - C
4. Jenna Stark - 3B
5. Jillian Webb - DP
6. Cara Savarese - 1B
7. Kristi Preuss - 2B
8. Callie Eward - RF
9. Elyse Graziano - CF
10. Taylor Koenig - LF
The Terps are countering in the circle with Ashley Czechner, who is 8-1 with a 1.71 ERA in seven starts and leads her conference in opponent batting average (.153). Pitching is really the strength of this Maryland team. They lead the ACC in strikeouts (308) and have given up the fewest hits in the league (148).
Should be a great matchup with the Hoyas powerful bats against the strong pitching of Maryland.
Hoya Saxa! Let's play ball!