March 7, 2014
Friday, March 7 in Northridge, Calif.
Georgetown vs. Grand Canyon | L, 9-3
Oregon State vs. Georgetown | 3 p.m. PT | 6 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 8 in Northridge, Calif.
CSUN vs. Georgetown | 9 a.m. PT | noon ET
Sunday March 9 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Georgetown vs. UNLV | 11:30 a.m. PT | 2:30 p.m. ET
UCLA vs. Georgetown | 5 p.m. PT | 8 p.m. ET
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The Georgetown softball team (7-8) fell on Friday morning, 9-3, to the Grand Canyon Antelopes (10-9) at Matador Diamond in Northridge, Calif. Donning their blue jerseys, the Hoyas dropped their first game of the weekend in the CSUN/UCLA Invitational and fell a game under .500 overall. The Hoyas will play the Oregon State Beavers later this afternoon at 3 p.m. PT (6 p.m. ET).
“I thought we did a pretty good job handling ourselves at the plate,” said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. “I think the biggest issue right now is our inconsistency. We didn’t execute all of our pitches and we had a hard time throwing and catching today. Without that in your recipe, you will not have much success; when you can’t hit your spots. It was just one of those games. Now we just have to take what we did right today and get ready for our next game.”
Grand Canyon grabbed two quick runs in the first inning on a two-run home run by GCU’s Kelsey Barak. Defensively, Georgetown senior CF Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) ended the first inning on back-to-back plays as she fought off the sun in right-center field and tracked the final out onto the warning track.
After surrendering a two-run home run in the first inning, GU starting pitcher Megan Hyson (5-4, Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) came back in the top of the second and struck out the first batter. An Antelope reached on an error as the second batter and Hyson got two quick strikes on the third batter of the inning and ended up jamming her on an inside pitch on her hands, forcing her to pop out to freshman Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) at third base. The Hoyas quickly ended the inning with a flyout to Graziano in center.
At the plate, Hyson led the bottom of the second inning with a leadoff, line drive double to right field. The junior then moved over to third on a passed ball. With one out, senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) hit a sharp lineout to third base and GCU was then able to double Hyson up, who wandered a couple of steps down the line when contact was made.
To start the third inning, GCU’s Nicole Newbury hit a ball over Anttila’s head in right field. The senior right fielder tracked the ball to the wall and made her cutoff throw to sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) at shortstop who was able to gun the runner down as she attempted to go to third. Hyson struck out Kayla Henry on a changeup painted on the outside corner for a called third strike for the second out, one of her six strikeouts on the day. But then Hyson surrendered the second home run of the game to GCU’s Kelsey Barak, a solo shot to straightaway center. The Hoyas were trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the third.
Hoya freshman Gabriela Elvina drew a leadoff, four pitch walk to start the bottom of the third and freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) sacrificed her over to second. Junior Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) hit a chopper to the third baseman, letting Elvina advance to third. Graziano got a swinging bunt base hit on a 3-2 pitch to continue the inning, but Elvina was not able to score. With runners on first and third, Appelbe grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Grand Canyon got a leadoff double off the top of the right-center wall to start the fourth inning. After a sacrifice bunt to move the runner over to third, the Antelopes took a 4-0 on a Georgetown error.
The Hoyas drew another leadoff walk to start the bottom of the fourth and Hyson hit a hard line drive single to left-center that was cut off by the center fielder, putting runners on first and second with no outs. A wild pitch moved junior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake), who started the inning with a walk, over to third base. Sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) drew the second walk of the inning to load the bases.
After a flyout to shallow right field, Elvina hit a comebacker to the pitcher who came home with the ball. As the catcher tried to make the throw down to first in an attempt to turn a double play, she hit Elvina in the back of the leg and the ball dribbled into the outfield, letting Hyson score the first run of the day on the play. A base hit up the middle by A. Gargicevich-Almeida scored Gionvanniello, cutting the Hoyas’ deficit to two runs. But the Hoyas left the bases loaded to end the inning.
Both teams went scoreless across the fifth and sixth innings to keep the game at 4-2, but the Antelopes opened their lead up with five runs on four hits in the top of the seventh inning. Four of the runs in the inning were unearned due to two Georgetown errors.
The Hoyas would tack on a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but were not able to make a significant attempt at a comeback. Hyson knocked a single up the middle to score freshman Hannah Ramsey, who came in the game as a pinch runner.
_The weather for the game was in the low-70s with the wind blowing 15 miles an hour for most of the game.
_The Hoyas had six hits on the afternoon, four of which came from Hyson, who went 4-for-4 in the game with a run and an RBI. Graziano and A. Gargicevich-Almeida recorded the other two hits.
_Only four of the Antelopes runs were earned; the remaining five being unearned.
_GU sophomore catcher Molly Morrison (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) caught a high foul out behind the plate, fighting off the pretty heavy winds, to end the top of the fifth.
_GU’s Anttila failed to get a hit or walk in the game, snapping her eight game hitting streak and 10 game streak of reaching base.