WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University softball team split a pair of games at the Lafayette Ford Lincoln of Fayetteville Showcase on Sunday to move to 7-17 on the year. The Hoyas knocked off St. Bonaventure by a score of 13-8 in the opener before falling to host UNC-Wilmington, 4-1.
Game 1: Georgetown 13, St. Bonaventure 8
Katie Vannicola (Vienna, Va./James Madison) started in the circle and went three innings and gave up six runs on nine hits. Anna Brooks Pacha (Houston, Texas/St. John’s School) came on in relief and went the final four innings, giving up two runs on two hits to pick up her fifth win of the season.
The Hoyas get on the scoreboard in the second inning. Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) walked to lead off the inning and advanced to third after a throwing error on Hannah Ramsey’s (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third. After a fielder’s choice, Alexa Dolby delivered an inside the park home run to clear the bases and put the Hoyas in front, 3-0.
After St. Bonaventure plated two runs in the second and three in the third to take a 5-3 lead, the Hoyas took the lead for good by exploding for nine runs in the fourth inning. The Blue & Gray opened up the inning with singles by Delaney Darden (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) and Mallory Belknap (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep). Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) then walked to load the bases for Sarah Bennett (Owings, Md./Northern). Bennett stepped up and launched her third home run of the season for a grand slam. That proved to just be the start as GU would then hit six-consecutive singles to score the final five runs. Noelle Holiday (Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian Academy) started the hit parade with an infield single followed up by singles by Elvina and Ramsey to load the bases. Sera Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Marian) picked up an RBI on the next play with a single to score Holiday. Dolby then stepped up and delivered a single into left field to plate Ramsey and Elvina to pick up her fourth and fifth RBI of the game. Darden singled to load the bases for Belknap. Belknap then sent a single into left field to cap off the inning for the Hoyas by plating Stevens and Dolby. The inning ended with a groundout and a flyout.
The final scoring for Georgetown came in the seventh inning. Elvina lead off with a double into left field and advance to third on a groundout by Casey Kozak (Marlton, N.J./Bishop Eustace). Delaney Osterday (Oconomowoc, Wis./Oconomowoc) then picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly into deep left field.
Game 2: UNCW 4, Georgetown 1 Pacha started on the rubber for Georgetown and went the distance. She went six innings and allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out five.
The Hoyas would get their lone run in the first inning. Kane delivered a one-out single. Bennett then continued her timely hitting with a double into left field to plate Kane and give GU an early 1-0 lead.
That would be all Georgetown could manage, while UNCW scored one run in both the first and third innings with two runs in the fourth to take the win.
Dolby and Darden would also get into the hit column with one hit a piece.
Georgetown returns to the field on Saturday, March 25 for a doubleheader against Creighton to open up BIG EAST Conference play. It will be the home opener for the Hoyas.