March 8, 2014
Friday, March 7 in Northridge, Calif.
Georgetown vs. Grand Canyon | L, 9-3
Oregon State vs. Georgetown | L, 7-2
Saturday, March 8 in Northridge, Calif.
CSUN vs. Georgetown | L, 2-1
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
Live Stats for Sunday
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The Georgetown softball team (7-10) put together a seven-inning rally, but were ultimately stopped by the Cal State Northridge Matadors (11-8) in Northridge, Calif. at the CSUN/UCLA Invitational Saturday morning.
The game began with a great Georgetown defensive play. Though CSUN’s leadoff batter reached on a single to left field, sophomore catcher Molly Morrison (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) threw her out on the next play at second for the first out as she attempted to steal second. Hyson recorded her first strikeout for the final out of the first inning.
“We are doing a lot of great things out there, but we are getting hurt by the small things,” said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. “Until we clean that up, we are going to get results like this.”
After a 1-2-3 inning for Georgetown in the first, sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) led off the second inning by beating out a groundball to shortstop before promptly moving to second on a first pitch passed ball. Senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) took a 3-2 pitch on the hip to put runners on first and second for the Hoyas with only one out.
Freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) hit a flyball to left field on the next play. The Matadors’ left fielder attempted to fight off the morning sunshine of the California skies but the ball dropped out of her glove close to the line. Giovanniello was in no-man’s-land a few steps off second base and was thrown out at third from left field with the situation mostly staying the same thereafter, two on, two outs. The play was officially ruled a fielder’s choice.
Starting Georgetown freshman leftfielder Hannah Ramsey (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) came to the plate and loaded the bases when she was hit by her first HBP of her collegiate career. But the Hoyas two-out rally was thwarted on the next play when sophomore Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) popped out to second base to end the inning.
The Hoyas loaded the bases again in the third, but were still not able to get a run across the plate. Sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) hustled down the line and beat out a thrown on a bunt single with one out for the first baserunner of the third inning. Senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) walked on the next play to put runners on first and second, bringing Hyson to the plate. After a pitching change with only one out, Hyson ripped the first pitch she saw over the pitcher’s head into center field to load the bases for Giovanniello. CSUN was able to end the Hoyas’ one-out, bases loaded rally with a popout and strikeout to end the third inning. It marked the second straight inning when the Blue & Gray left the bases loaded.
Hyson showed her full form in the circle during the bottom of the third as she struck out the first two Matadors batters. She ended with seven strikeouts on the day. With only one out reaming in the inning, CSUN’s Abby Linn broke the trend as she reached on a two-out bunt, which ultimately changed the landscape for the remainder of the game. The Matadors’ No. 2 hitter, Taylor Glover, then ripped a triple, scoring Linn from second after a passed ball. As Glover rounded third, she was able to score on an error on the same play to give CSUN a 2-0 lead at the end of the third.
“Megan Hyson threw a great game and gave us a great opportunity to win; that’s what we ask of our pitchers,” said Conlan. “But that third inning where we gave up the two runs, specifically the second run, is all on us throwing the ball around and that can’t happen.”
GU’s A. Gargicevich-Almeida led off the fourth inning against her former Martin Luther High teammate Daphine Polek, who relieved the starting pitcher in the third inning. Polek got the best of A. Gargicevich-Almeida as she forced her to groundout to second. The Matadors got all three outs in the fourth inning on groundouts to CSUN’s Katie Hooper at second base.
After CSUN’s pitching change in the third inning, recording only two hits over the final 4.2 innings.
Alhough, the Hoyas rallied in the seventh inning. The Matadors made a third pitching change to start the inning, who then walked the first two batters before Polek re-entered the game in the circle. Slovacek then singled to load the bases for Hyson with no outs. Hyson came to the plate and hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who after bobbling the ball, had to throw it to first, sacrificing the first GU run for the out. The play got Georgetown within one run with two outs remaining in the seventh.
Giovanniello then popped out to the third baseperson for the second out in the final inning. Senior Madeleine Giaquinto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell) pinch hit for Anttila, but recorded the third out with a groundout to shortstop. The Matadors were able to end the game, stranding Appelbe and Slovacek on second and third.
The final outs of the fifth, sixth and seventh inning for Georgetown came at the heels of great defensive Matador plays. All three of those final outs, Giovanniello in the fifth, Henry in the sixth and Giaquinto in the seventh, came on balls that were hit hard, forcing CSUN to make a play.
“I like where we are at, but we’re not there yet. Though, we are very much on our way,” said Conlan.
The Hoyas change venues tomorrow for their final two games of the CSUN/UCLA Invitational. Georgetown plays UNLV at 11:30 a.m. before taking on No. 4 UCLA at 5 p.m. at Easton Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on UCLA’s campus. Live Stats will be availble here.
Things To Know
_The LA Marathon takes place tomorrow in Los Angeles with a starting point of Dodger Stadium and an end point in Santa Monica, Calif.
_Daylight savings time kicks in tomorrow, Sun., March 9 at 2 a.m., springing clocks ahead one hour.