March 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown softball team completed a busy tournament weekend at the Citrus Classic Softball Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla., going 2-3 with wins over Fairfield University on Saturday and Boston College on Sunday. The Hoyas scored 28 runs over the five-game span, including a season high thirteen against Temple University. Georgetown's record now stands at 3-13 on the season.
Georgetown got on the board first in their Friday matchup with Illinois State. Senior Jordan Hansen (Omaha, Neb./Milard West) led off the third inning with a single to third base and made her way around the bases after a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Koenig (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) and two errors for the first run of the game. The Redbirds would respond in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own before Georgetown evened the score back up in the fifth inning. Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) doubled to left field and freshman Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) followed suit with a single up the middle to bring her in. Illinois State again responded in the bottom of the inning with four runs and added two more in the sixth for the 8-2 victory. Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) and Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) shared the pitching duties with Hyson eventually taking the loss.
Saturday morning's game versus Temple University was an offensive explosion for both teams, combining for a total of 32 runs in a 19-13 Temple victory. Seven different Hoyas had at least one RBI in the game, including the first homeruns of the season for the Hoyas. Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) led off the second inning with a solo shot to left for her first homerun of the season and freshman catcher Molly Morrison (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) hit a 3-run homerun in a fifth inning where Georgetown scored eight runs. Samantha Findling (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) got her first at-bat of the season in the game as a pinch hitter and made it count with a double down the left field line that scored two. Ten different Hoyas had hits in the ball game, three of them by Rachel Nersesian (San Leandro, Calif./Biship O'Dowd). Thirteen runs were scored on fourteen hits in the contest for Georgetown.
Georgetown's first win of the tournament came Saturday afternoon when the Hoyas shutout Fairfield University 5-0. The Stags would manage only five hits in the ballgame with only one going for extra bases in a strong pitching performance by the Hoyas.
The Blue and Gray were back on the field Sunday morning in a 5-inning contest with the College of Charleston. The Cougars scored seven runs in the first three innings and would hold that lead for the rest of the game. Georgetown had three of their own in the fourth inning, two of which came from a Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) single to right field. Sophia Garqicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) contributed a double to left field to drive in Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) after she singled in the beginning of the inning. The Cougars added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth for the 11-3 win.
The Hoyas would save their best performance for last on Sunday afternoon in a tight game with Boston College, responding to every run scored by the Eagles for a 6-5 victory. Georgetown answered the Eagles' first run of the game in the first inning another Anttila homerun, this one good for three runs. The Hoyas countered another Eagles run in the second with two of their own in the bottom of the inning with the help of a Giovanniello single. Boston College evened the score up at five in the top of the sixth inning but Giovanniello would strike again, hitting a go-ahead solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth to give Georgetown a permanent lead. O'Leary pitched the full seven innings for Georgetown, striking out eight while picking up her second win of the season.
The Hoyas will stay south for spring break and compete in the Coastal Carolina Tournament next weekend. First pitch for Georgetown is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on March 8th against Middle Tennessee State in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Georgetown will also play Coastal Carolina and two games against James Madison University.
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