March 24, 2013
WASHINGTON - Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) and Alexandria Antilla (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) hit back-to-back homeruns and Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) pitched five innings as the Georgetown softball team completed the weekend sweep of Villanova, 8-5 on Sunday.
The victory marks the sixth straight win for the Hoyas and the first ever series sweep by the Georgetown softball team since the inception of the Division 1 program in the 2005-06 season. The win also puts Georgetown at a tie atop the BIG EAST with a 3-0 conference record.
Villanova opened up the ballgame with two runs in the top of the first inning. Julie Smith singled to left field to bring in two runs for the early lead.
Georgetown responded in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own. Sophia Garqicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) reached base with a walk and Lowe doubled to left center to advance her to third. Anttila then hit her own two run single to tie up the game at two apiece.
Things opened up in the third inning when Lowe hit her second homerun of the season, a three run shot to left center field that brought in Garqicevich-Almeida and Samantha Giavanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial). That made the score 5-2 before Antilla added a solo homerun to go back-to-back with Lowe for the 6-2 lead.
The Hoyas put up two more in the bottom of the fifth inning. Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) brought in Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake), reaching base on a fielders choice groundout and Antilla would score the second run of the inning on a throwing error, her third of the ballgame.
Villanova put up one run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings but it was not enough. O'Leary threw five innings and kept the Hoyas ahead before Hyson took the mound in the sixth inning for the six out save opportunity.
Georgetown's next game is in Fairfax, Va. as the Hoyas take on the Patriots of George Mason on March 27th at 4:00 p.m.