March 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - After a brief stint on the Hilltop the Hoyas have returned south for their second spring break tournament. Competition began today in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the Coastal Carolina tournament where Georgetown will play five games in three days. They played their first game this afternoon, falling 3-0 to Coastal Carolina University.
The Hoyas had their best chance of scoring a run in the first inning of the ballgame. Freshman Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) led off the game with a single and would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by the next batter, Rachel Nersesian (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd). Giovanniello made it safely to third on a fielder's choice groundout but would be stranded there after a strikeout that ended the inning.
Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) was dominant in the early goings of the game, not allowing a hit until the fourth inning in a streak that included six consecutive strikeouts. The first hit off of O'Leary was a double to left center field that would turn into the first run of the ballgame after a Coastal Carolina batter was hit by a pitch, a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners, and a sacrifice fly that drove in the run. A second run would be scored on an illegal pitch by O'Leary to make it 2-0 after four innings of play.
Georgetown had its own chances in the top of the fourth but would again leave runners on base at the end of the inning. Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) began the inning with a walk and would leave the game for pinch runner Taylor Koenig (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit). After a popup and fielder's choice Koenig would be thrown out at third base, leaving a runner on first. Molly Morrison (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) singled for her second hit of the ballgame to put runners on first and second. Both runners would advance following a wild pitch however a groundout in the next at-bat would end the inning.
A solo homerun by Coastal Carolina's Kory Hayden would make it 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning and Georgetown would not be able to respond in the top of the seventh. O'Leary ended her day with eight strikeouts in six innings pitched.
Georgetown is scheduled for two games on Saturday against Middle Tennessee State and the first of two against James Madison University. First pitch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.