Jennifer Connell Pitches Complete Game Shutout; Hoyas Deafeat Binghamton, 1-0
Feb. 23, 2008
Elon, N.C. - Sophomore Jennifer Connell (Roswell, Ga./Roswell) tossed a complete-game shutout, striking out five and sophomore Olivia Newhouse (Weston, Conn./Green Farms Academy) drove in the game-winning run in the sixth inning, as the Georgetown University softball team (4-7) defeated Binghamton, 1-0 to win its first game of the Elon Invitational on Saturday morning.
The Hoyas and Bearcats played scoreless ball through the first five innings, before the Hoyas broke the tie in the sixth inning. Sophomore Suria Bahadue (Miami, Fla./Monsignor Edward Pace) drew a one-out walk and was pinch-run for by sophomore Sarah Kamenski (Mountain View, Calif./St. Francis). Kamenski stole second, then scored when Newhouse single to center field, giving the Hoyas a 1-0 lead.
Connell did not flinch, retiring Binghamton in the seventh inning to preserve the victory.
Throughout the game, both teams failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Freshman Kristi Preuss (LaPlata, Md./LaPlata) and sophomore Samantha Peters (Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill) both drew one-out walks, then moved to second and third base on a passed ball. The Bearcats survived the threat, striking out the next to Hoya batters.
GU survived a scare of its own in the third inning, after Binghamton led off the inning with back-to-back singles. But with one-out,Connell forced a groundball to herself to start a 1-6-3 inning-ending double play.