March 10, 2014
Box Score (Georgetown at UCLA)
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 | L, 6-1
UCLA vs. Georgetown | L, 3-1
LOS ANGELES – On Sunday evening, the Hoyas (7-12) fought a tough opponent in the No. 4 nationally-ranked UCLA Bruins (23-1) in a 3-1 loss for Georgetown at Easton Stadium in the final game of the CSUN/UCLA Invitational of the weekend. The Bruins took the lead in the first, but the Hoyas came back to get one in the second. Georgetown had a couple of scoring chances late in the game but could not fully capitalize.
“We played our best game of the year today,” said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. “We competed and showed what we were capable of doing by putting the No. 4 ranked team on the ropes. They had to work their tails off for every out they got against us. I loved the way we played and we can walk out of there saying we gave them our best; that best was a 3-1 loss and that is a pretty good thing for today.”
The Hoyas gathered a pair of hits early in the contest against UCLA, who have 11 softball national championships as a program. In the first, junior Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) batted in the No. 2 hole and singled for the first GU hit of the game. After a hard lineout to left field by junior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake), junior starting pitcher Megan Hyson (5-6, Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) singled S. Gargicevich-Almeida to second with two outs. The Hoyas were not able to push the runners any farther as their first inning concluded with a strikeout.
In the bottom half of the first, UCLA’s leadoff batter Ally Carda hit a solo home run on a 3-1 pitch to put the Bruins up early, 1-0. Hyson, who started the matchup in the circle for the Hoyas, recovered to strikeout the next two batter, getting Gabrielle Maurice to chase an 0-2 pitch out of the zone before downing Delaney Spaulding on a high fastball. After a two-out walk, the Bruins tripled in their second run of the game on a ball that hit the top of the right field wall, just out of the reach of starting Georgetown senior rightfielder Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community). Hyson, a junior, struck out Jelly Felix to finish the first inning with all three outs coming via the strikeout. The Bruins, who defeated Cal State Bakersfield early in the day, scored two runs in the opening inning in both of their two Sunday affairs.
With runners on first and third in the top of the second, Georgetown senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) put the Hoyas on the board with a double over the head of the UCLA rightfielder. Senior Madeleine Giaquinto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell) scored from third easily on the double and sophomore Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) hustled around third, getting waved in by Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. The relay throw came through the UCLA second baseperson who was able to throw Henry out at home to end the inning. The Graziano RBI-double cut the scoring gap in half, making it 2-1.
The Hoyas had offensive 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth. Defensively, they also limited the No. 4 Bruins’ offensive, holding them to only three hits through the first four innings.
In the fifth inning, Henry broke the trend when she singled on a 1-1 pitch for the first GU baserunner since the second inning. Freshman Delaney Osterday (Oconomowoc, Wis./Oconomowoc) pinch ran at first for Henry, but the Hoyas were not able move Osterday along the basepath. They ended the inning with a flyout to left and a groundout to short.
In the bottom of the fifth, UCLA hit a leadoff single up the middle for the team’s fourth hit of the game. After a sacrifice bunt, Carda, who leadoff the game with a home run, came to the plate with one out and one on. On the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Hyson threw an 3-2 fastball on the outer half of the plate to strikeout Carda for the second out of the inning and her fourth strikeout on the evening. After a two-out walk to put runners on first and second, Hyson came up with her fifth strikeout to get Georgetown out of the jam. After five inning, the Hoyas were still only trailing the No. 4 UCLA Bruins, 2-1.
In the top half of the sixth, sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) fought at the plate and drew a two-out walk after trailing in the count 0-2. The sophomore stole second on a 1-1 delivery to Anttila at the plate for the first runner in scoring position since Giaquinto scored from third in the second inning. Anttila, who came into the game with five hits and a .250 average with runners in scoring position, struck out on a 2-2 fastball to end the inning.
The Bruins extended their lead, 3-1, in the bottom half of the inning. A leadoff walk followed by a sacrifice bunt put a runner on second with one out for UCLA. Hyson induced a flyout to left field and Robyn Corruth, who was on second for UCLA, drifted away from the bag causing S. Gargicevich-Almeida to attempt to double her up at second. The throw resulted in the first GU error of the game as it rolled past first base, scoring Corruth from second.
In the seventh, freshman Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr), who relived sophomore Molly Morrison (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) behind the dish earlier in the game, drew a one-out walk. Elvina attempted to steal second, but was thrown out on the following batter for the second out. The game ended on a hard lineout to centerfield as the Hoyas fell to the No. 4 Bruins, 3-1.
“If you want to be the best, you have to play the best,” Conlan said in regards to the competition this weekend. “We played some good teams even though I don’t necessarily think we played our best over the whole weekend. Playing against teams on the west coast, ranked teams, and teams from the Pac-12, they only make you better. I’m hoping the experience we got this weekend translates into our conference schedule.”
The Blue & Gray will now gear up for a four-game tournament in Hempstead, N.Y., hosted by Hofstra, on Sat., March 15 and Sun., March 16. Georgetown’s first game of the tournament will be against Fairfield on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET.
_ Hyson threw a six-inning effort in the loss, giving up two earned runs while striking out five. The junior only allowed four hits to the No. 4 team in the nation, keeping them to a .210 average in the game. Comparably, the Bruins were hitting over .320 as a team coming into the matchup against Georgetown.
_Freshman Gabriela Elvina caught a Bruin stealing in the bottom of the third inning; her second consecutive game catching a runner stealing. GU catchers’ have now caught a runner stealing in three straight games.
_Both the Hoyas and the Bruins recorded four hits in the evening matchup.
_This game marked the first time Georgetown ever went up against UCLA.