March 9, 2014
Friday, March 7 in Northridge, Calif.
Georgetown vs. Grand Canyon | L, 9-3
Oregon State vs. Georgetown | L, 7-
Saturday, March 8 in Northridge, Calif.
CSUN vs. Georgetown | L, 2-1
Sunday March 9 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Georgetown vs. UNLV | L, 6-1
UCLA vs. Georgetown | 5 p.m. PT | 8 p.m. ET | Live Stats
LOS ANGELES – The Georgetown softball team (7-11) dropped an afternoon game to the UNLV Rebels (8-14) by the score of 6-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas took on the Rebels with sunny, clear skies overhead at Easton Stadium in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles located on UCLA’s campus. Though the Hoyas got on the board early in the second inning, the Rebels used a six-run seventh inning to take the victory.
Junior Lauren O'Leary (2-6, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) got out jam in the second inning. After giving up a one-out double and a two-out walk to put runners on first and second, the junior starting pitcher ended the inning by getting a Rebel to popout to senior 2B Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake).
In the second inning, Georgetown senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) ripped a one-out double down the line with sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) on first to bring up freshman Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) to the plate with two runners in scoring position. With the corners playing up, the right-handed hitting Elvina hit a grounder that ricocheted off the first baseperson’s glove into the hand of the second baseperson, who stepped on first for the second out, but not before Giovanniello scored from third for the first run of the game, giving the Hoyas a 1-0 lead on the RBI-groundout after two innings of play.
Immediately after taking the lead, O’Leary headed back to the circle and had a three pitch third inning. O’Leary got UNLV’s No. 1 hitter Garie Blando out on a flyout to rightfield, Emilie Valadez for the second out on a bunt attempt for a 5-4 putout and then got the Rebel’s Stefany Valentino to pop out to senior 1B Madeleine Giaquinto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell). She retired eight straight batters from the final out of the second inning to the first out of the fifth. O'Leary pitched all seven innings for the Hoyas, giving up 11 hits and six earned runs.
With one out in the fifth inning, UNLV’s Emily Haslinger tied up the game with a solo over the left field fence for the Rebels first hit since a double in the second inning. The Hoyas ended the top of the fifth on a groundout that Giovanniello backhanded in the hole at short culminating in Giaquinto scooping the one-hopper at first. Giaquinto made her fourth start of the season at first on Sunday against UNLV.
With two-outs in the fifth inning, Graziano tripled over the head of the UNLV rightfielder to give the Hoyas a baserunner. Freshman Hannah Ramsey (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) hit a hard lineout right back to the RF for the final out of the inning.
In the top of the sixth, the Rebels put two quick baserunners on with two bunt singles to start the inning. Georgetown was able to get out of the two-on, no-out jam with a popout to Giovanniello as short and back-to-back flyouts to Ramsey in leftfield to end the inning, leaving the scored tied 1-1 headed into the bottom of the sixth.
Slovacek reached on a groundball single through the pitcher’s legs to start the sixth. After the next two batters retired, Anttila lined a 1-1 pitch with two outs over the shortstop’s head; marking the third time she had reached base in the game. But the Rebels were able to stifle the scoring opportunity, getting Elvina to groundout to short to end the inning.
The Rebels broke the 1-1- tie when Haslinger hit her second solo home run of the game on a 2-1 pitch. After a bunt single, UNLV put runners on first and third with a single and an error, which moved the runner to second. A one-run double by Emilie Valdez gave the Rebels a 3-1 lead before the following batter hit a sacrifice fly making the deficit three runs for the Hoyas. UNLV’s Pauline Monreal capped off the Rebels five-run seventh inning with a three-run home run with two outs.
Senior Taylor Henry walked in the seventh inning and Graziano was able to move her over to second, but Georgetown ended the game with Henry on second, dropping the affair, 6-1.
_In the top of the first inning, freshman catcher Gabriela Elvina threw out the first baserunner of the game at second base against UNLV. It marked the second straight game where the Hoyas threw out their opponents’ first baserunner. Yesterday sophomore Molly Morrison (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) caught a CSUN Matador stealing in the first.
_Junior Lauren O’Leary retired five in a row from the beginning of the third inning through the fourth on only 6 pitches.
_Junior Megan Hyson reached in both the second and fourth innings.
_Senior Alexandria Anttila recorded a single, double and a walk, reaching all on three of her times at the plate against UNLV.
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