Feb. 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown softball team is on the road once again for their second tournament of the season, traveling to Greenville, N.C. for the East Carolina Tournament this weekend. First-day opponents included Saint Joseph's University and East Carolina University, to both of which the Hoyas fell 3-1.
Georgetown was the enemy of strong pitching performances in both games, mustering only three hits in each but the Hoyas showed a solid display of pitching on their end as well. Sophomore Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) pitched the full six innings against Saint Joseph's in the first contest while striking out five and allowing only two earned runs. Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) also went the distance in her matchup against East Carolina, piling up seven strikeouts and surrendering just five hits.
Taylor Koenig (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) scored the lone run for Georgetown in their game against St. Joseph's in the top of the fifth inning. Senior Jordan Hansen (Omaha, Neb./Millard West) led things off with a double to left field with Koenig coming in to pinch run afterwards. Molly Morrison (Northfield, IL/New Trier) followed up with a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner when the Hoyas caught a break on a throwing error, keeping Morrison on base and bringing Koenig all the way home.
At that point the score would be tied up at one after allowing the Hawks to score a run back in the second inning. Saint Joseph's would respond in the bottom of the fifth with their own run and tack on one more in the sixth for the final score of 3-1.
Two more throwing errors would help Georgetown score a run in their second game of the day against East Carolina. Down 1-0 coming into the second inning freshman Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) would use an error to get on base and advance to second after a walk by Morrison. Koenig, the next batter, would reach second base on an error by the pitcher that advanced Morrison to third and Appelbe to score the tying run. Two runners would be left on base at the end of the inning, something that has plagued the Hoyas in the early goings of the season.
East Carolina would break the tie in the third inning and score one more in the fifth to give them the permanent lead. Hyson would receive her third loss of the season despite a strong outing, all of which have been in close games.
The Hoyas have a second chance at Saint Joseph's on Saturday, Feb. 16 and will play two more game on Sunday.