March 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - Sophia Garqicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth as the Hoyas went on to edge out Princeton University in extra innings in game two of Tuesday's doubleheader at Guy Mason Field, 7-6. Georgetown also defeated the Tigers in game one by a score of 3-1 in seven innings. The wins extend the Georgetown's win streak to three games, and their fourth win in the last five games.
Down two in the bottom of the ninth inning, sophomore Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) started the rally by reaching base after a hit-by-pitch. Freshman Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) singled in the next at-bat to get on base and move Hyson to second. Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) drove home Hyson with a single up the middle and Garqicevich-Almeida capped the rally and the 7-6 victory with a one-out, two RBI double to deep right center field.
Princeton broke the 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth with a bases loaded single by Jasmine Allen that brought in two runs to take the lead. The Tigers also had a two-run single in the top of the sixth inning that broke a 2-2 tie, which the Hoyas answered in the bottom of the sixth to re-tie the game at four. Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) brought in a run after getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Giovanniello scored on a passed ball.
Hyson did the majority of the pitching in game two, throwing 8.1 innings with six strikeouts before Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) came to pitch in relief, picking up the win after closing out the top of the ninth inning for the Hoyas.
O'Leary started game one for Georgetown, throwing her fourth consecutive complete game and earning a win in her third straight start. O'Leary surrendered only three hits, the third consecutive start in which she has allowed only three hits, and struck out 11 Tigers at the plate.
Coach Pat Conlan called O'Leary's performance her best outing of the season; "I thought that was Lauren's best outing this year. She had command of her pitches, I thought she had a little zip on the ball, stayed ahead in the counts, and really controlled Princeton's offense."
The Hoya offense was jump-started by junior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) in the second inning with a single down the left field line to score Madeleine Giaquinto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell) and Alexandria Antilla (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) for the first runs of game one. The two runs would be enough support for O'Leary, who held the Tigers to one run in the 3-1 victory.
The Hoyas continue play at home when they open up a two game series against BIG EAST opponent Villanova on Saturday, March 23. First pitch is scheduled for noon at Guy Mason Field.