March 8, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Hoyas completed day two of the Coastal Carolina Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., winning their first game against Middle Tennessee State by a final score of 4-2, and dropping the afternoon game against James Madison University, 8-2.
Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) was the star of the morning game against Middle Tennessee State, going the full seven innings and striking out twelve batters in the win. After allowing a run in the first inning Hyson settled down and struck out the side in the second. She would hold Middle Tennessee State scoreless until the sixth inning when Ashley Stassin hit a solo homerun, but it would not prove to be enough for the Blue Raiders.
Georgetown got on the board in each of the first two innings. Following a Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) walk, Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) jacked her third homerun of the season to left field to put the Hoyas up 2-0 after the first inning. Madeleine Giaquinto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell) led off the second inning with a single and freshman catcher Molly Morrison (Northfield, IL./New Trier) continued her hot tournament start with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. Freshman Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) would come through for the Hoyas with a two-out single to center field to drive in Giaquinto for their third run of the ballgame. Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) followed with a single of her own that scored Morrison from third. Giovanniello made an effort to score on the play but was thrown out at home from center field to end the inning.
James Madison got off to the fast start in Georgetown's second game of the day, scoring three runs in the first inning and holding the lead throughout the rest of the ballgame. Pitching was also on point for the Dukes, as the tandem of Sarah Mooney and Jailyn Ford combined to give up only four hits to Georgetown and only two earned runs.
Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) pitched all seven innings for the Hoyas despite the rough start. Things would not get better for O'Leary when she gave up back-to-back homeruns in the top of the fifth inning and three runs total to put James Madison up 6-0. O'Leary gave up eight runs on twelve hits in the appearance with five strikeouts.
Georgetown's offense came in the bottom of the fifth inning. A single by Morrison to start things off for the Hoyas would help load the bases with no outs. Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Academy) was issued the bases loaded walk to bring home pinch runner C.J. Semones (Bethany, CT/Amity Regional) for Georgetown's first run of the game. Later in the inning Lowe would single to bring home another pinch runner, Jordan Hansen (Omaha, Neb./Millard West).
James Madison responded in the top of the seventh inning with three extra-base hits, including their third homerun of the game, to take the permanent 8-2 lead. Georgetown ended the game with the bases loaded, unable to capitalize on the late scoring chance.
The Hoyas get ready for another double header on Saturday, playing James Madison for the second time at 10:00 a.m. followed by a rematch with Coastal Carolina at 4:30 p.m.