March 7, 2014
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The Georgetown softball team (7-9) dropped its second game of the day at the CSUN/UCLA Invitational in Northridge, Calif. to the Oregon State Beavers (8-11), 7-2. The Hoyas lost to Grand Canyon University, 9-3, on Friday morning.
The Hoyas trailed the entire game with the Oregon State Beavers scoring early in the first with a sacrifice fly with one out. The Beavers tacked on two more runs in the first with a blooper to shallow center field off the bat of OSU’s Kylie Padilla, making it 3-0. Starting GU pitcher Lauren O’Leary got out of the lining by forcing an OSU batter to hit a line drive to freshman 1B Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King).
In the top of the second, Georgetown sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) took an inside pitch off her right elbow to give the Hoyas a baserunner with one out. It was the first time she was hit by a pitch this season and she has now reached base safely in her last eight games, which currently leads the team.. Starting Hoya freshman catcher Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) drew a two-out walk to put runner on first and second. A. Gargicevich-Almeida hit a sharp groundball to first base that Beavers’ 1B Hannah Bouska bobbled. Giovanniello, who ran on contact, rounded third and headed for home as she attempted to take advantage of the miscue but was out by a step as she slid into home, ending the inning.
In the third inning, the Hoyas started a two-out rally on a ground ball that got past the third baseman off the bat of sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep). Senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) then stuck a ball for a base hit to bring up junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), still with two outs. The Beavers’ were able to limit the threat as Hyson flied out to center field to close the inning.
To start the fourth, Giovanniello reached base as the leadoff batter for the second time when she singled on a line drive that went between the pitcher’s glove and head as the ball sailed up the middle. After a foulout by Anttila, Elvina hit another sharp liner right at the pitcher, dropping her to her knees as she fought off the low sun. OSU’s pitcher, Melanie Dembinski, was able to make the play on the piercing shot and then doubled up Giovanniello for the final out of the inning.
After giving up three runs in the first inning, Georgetown’s Lauren O'Leary (2-5, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) settled down in the circle as she kept the Hoyas within striking range with shutout innings in the second, third and fourth. But Oregon State put up a crooked number in the fifth inning, scoring four runs to stretch the lead to 7-0. OSU scored a run on a second bloop single off the bat of Padilla and another two runs on a standup triple. GU CF Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) caught a deep flyball to end the inning, but not before OSU tacked on a seventh run.
The Hoyas fell victim to another double play for the first two outs of the sixth inning. Hannah Slovacek ripped a line drive out to the Oregon State centerfielder. With the momentum bringing her toward the infield, she threw the ball to first base, doubling up Appelbe who drew a leadoff walk to open up the sixth inning. The play stifled a Georgetown scoring opportunity as they sought their first run of the game.
GU put two baserunners on again to start the seventh. After a lineout by Elvina to second base, A. Gargicevich-Almeida drove a single over the leftfielder’s head, scoring Giovanniello for the first GU run on the afternoon, 7-1. After fielder’s choice off the bat of sophomore Taylor Henry, Graziano drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Appelbe in the top of the seventh. Appelbe fouled off two 2-2 pitches before she hit a groundball single up the middle, scoring A. Garcgicevich-Almeida for the second and final Georgetown run of the game. Henry attempted to score on the two-out single but was thrown out at home ending the game.
Georgetown will take on Cal State Northridge tomorrow, Sat., March 8 at Matador Diamond in Northridge, Calif. for day two of the CSUN/UCLA Invitational. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m.
_Giovanniello leads the team by reaching base in her last eight games. Appelbe and Slovacek have both reached in their last five games.
_A. Gargicevich-Almedia currently has a team-best four-game hitting streak.
_The Hoyas are 6-6 when Graziano leads off. She drew a walk in the No. 1 hole against Oregon State and had four putouts in centerfield.