Feb. 8, 2014
Final Stats (GU-UM)
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team (1-3) fell on Saturday afternoon at the FGCU/Four Points By Sheraton Invitational to Mississippi (2-2) in the morning, 2-1, and then to Western Kentucky (3-0) in the afternoon, 6-0. The Hoyas will play on Sunday at either 9 a.m. against Florida Gulf Coast or at 11:15 a.m. against an opponent yet to be determined to wrap up their five-game trip to Ft. Meyers, Fla.
Mississippi 2, Georgetown 1
Georgetown dropped its 10 a.m. game on Saturday to SEC opponent Mississippi. Hoyas sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) started off the game with a leadoff single for the second game in a row to give the team an early baserunner. Sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep), who started the game at shortstop, moved Giovanniello over with a sacrifice bunt before she made it to third on a wild pitch with only one out. But the Hoyas next two batters were not able convert the leadoff single into a run. Last night in the loss to FGCU, Giovanniello was thrown out at home trying to score with one out in the top of the first inning.
Junior Lauren O’Leary (1-1, La Canada, Calif./La Canada), who started her second game of the season, did not surrender a hit until the bottom of the third inning. Ole Miss was able to load the bases after O’Leary hit Londen Lander with a pitch with two outs. But the right-handed pitcher buckled down and was able to strikeout the next batter, left-fielder Miranda Strother, to get out of the bases-loaded jam and end the inning. O’Leary stuck out Strother twice on Saturday and added one more to end the game with three. The first batter O’Leary faced drew Mississippi’s lone walk as the junior continued to demonstrate her control around the plate.
“The pitching staff is doing a great job of keeping us in games and giving us an opportunity to win those games,” said Hoyas Head Coach Pat Conlan.
The Mississippi Bulldogs scored its first run of the game on an error in the fourth inning. A single, along with a throwing error led to an unearned run. Georgetown, again, was able to limit the damage as O’Leary popped up pinch hitter Natalie Nimmo to end the inning, stranding two runners on the basepath.
The Bulldogs tacked on a second run in the bottom of the sixth, to make it 2-0, on a single up the middle that scored a pinch runner from third; the pinch runner came into the game for a batter who led off the inning with a single to right.
The Hoyas started off the top of the seventh inning with a leadoff baserunner when junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) was able to get on, and advance to second, via a throwing error. Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) moved Hyson over on a groundout that left the Hoyas with one out remaining in the game. Senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake), who hit a go-ahead two-run double yesterday, batted for freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) and was able to single to the outfield to make it 2-1. Hyson scored on the play to give Slovacek her third RBI on the season and get the Hoyas within one run. The game ended with Slovacek stranded on base.
Western Kentucky 6, Georgetown 0
Georgetown faced Western Kentucky for the first time ever in second game, which started immediately after the 10 a.m. game. Megan Hyson made her second start, but was eventually relived for the final inning and two-thirds by senior Rachel Nersesian (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) after a big fifth inning by the Hilltoppers.
In the early goings of the season, Georgetown still searches for its offense potential that Head Coach Pat Conlan knows is there. “I am confident our offense will continue to improve. We have excellent hitters who are still trying to find their rhythm,” said the Georgetown coach.
The Hoyas only managed two hits in the 6-0 loss on Saturday. Hyson led off the top of the second with a single to left field and Graziano added her third hit of the season in the sixth inning when she hustled down the line for an infield hit.
The Hilltoppers managed to string together a couple of hits and used a Georgetown miscue to propel a six-run fifth inning which turned out to be the only difference in the game. The Hoyas were right there with WKU, a team who is receiving votes in the NFCA/USA Today National Top 25 poll. A leadoff double, followed by a single and a stolen base gave Western Kentucky runners on second and third with no outs. The first run scored on a throwing error. Hyson gave up an additional two earned runs before being relieved by Nersesian, who inherited a bases loaded, one out situation.
As Nersesian came into the game, Western Kentucky put in a pinch hitter, who capitalized with a bases clearing double to stretch the game to 6-0. The runs, which were all earned, were charged to Hyson, who moved to 0-2 on the season.
“We lost to two very good teams. We made some excellent plays on defense and had contributions from our entire roster,” said Conlan.
Georgetown will play on Sun., Feb. 9 at the FGCU Softball Complex at either 9 a.m. in the fifth-seed game against FGCU or else in the three/four seed game at 11:15 a.m. depending on the outcome of the FGCU-Liberty game which started at 7 p.m.