Feb. 7, 2014
WASHINGTON – After winning its season opener earlier in the afternoon, the Georgetown softball team (1-1) dropped a close matchup Friday evening to the host, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (2-0), at the FGCU/Four Points By Sheraton Invitational in Ft. Myers, Fla. by a final score of 2-0.
Georgetown sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) picked up where the Hoyas left off after their 4-3 victory earlier in the day over the Liberty Lady Flames to capture the season opener. But Giovanniello’s leadoff single to start the game was the only one that fell in for the Blue & Gray on Friday evening.
After a couple of fielder’s choices in the top half of the first inning, Giovanniello was at third base with one out. As senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) put the ball in play, the Eagles decided to come home with it as Giovanniello stormed down the line in an effort to score and give the Hoyas an early lead. But she was thrown out at the plate, which turned out to be one of the only scoring opportunities for either team.
“I think we played very well tonight. Megan [Hyson] pitched extremely well. I thought we played solid defense and took our rips at the plate. We just couldn’t get anything to drop in on offense,” said Head Coach Pat Conlan.
Florida Gulf Coast took the lead after Kelsey Carpenter hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. Zgrabik scored for the Eagles on the play after she led off the inning with a single. The only other hit for FGCU came in the sixth inning.
Junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) made the start and took the loss for Georgetown in the close game. She threw six innings and only gave up the three hits. Like junior Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) in the first game, Hyson finished the game with seven strikeouts. And although she ended the game with six walks, she only walked two batters before giving up the fourth inning home run. With the exclusion of the home run, no Florida Gulf Coast player made it past second base.
“If we bring the same energy and focus tomorrow, our execution will be even better,” said Coach Conlan.
The Hoyas head into Saturday with two games on their plate. The first game will be against Mississippi at 10 a.m., followed by an immediate turnaround with a game at 12:15 p.m. in a matchup with Western Kentucky. Live stats for the GU-Mississippi game can be found here and for the GU-Western Kentucky game here.
The Mississippi Rebels are coming off a 25-31 season in the SEC last season. The Hoyas have a 0-1 all-time record against the Rebels.
Western Kentucky finished 2013 with a 43-18 overall record and a 20-3 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. Georgetown has never faced the Hilltoppers.
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