Stout Pitching and Powerful Offense Propel Georgetown to Sweep of Villanova
April 2, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University softball team had its most complete offensive effort of the season, spraying a combined 20 hits around the diamond and batting a collective .333 on the day, as the team swept a doubleheader on the road against Villanova on Saturday afternoon. GU took game one after a seventh inning rally, 3-2, and did away with any suspense in game two, walking off with a 7-1 victory.
The Hoyas never trailed in the pair of wins, which move them to 3-1 in BIG EAST play and 9-25 overall. It also marks the first time that the Blue & Gray have won back-to-back games this season.
The Hoyas had 10 hits in each game, 13 going for extra bases, as they reached double digits in hits for the second and third time this season.
In the opener, GU jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a display of power from freshman Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) and senior Kristi Preuss (LaPlata, Md./LaPlata). In the third inning, Anttila smacked her first career home run over the left center field wall to put the Hoyas up 1-0. Not to be outdone, Preuss led off the fourth with a home run of her own, her second of the year, to put Georgetown up 2-0.
The Wildcats would tie the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the fourth and that score would remain until the final frame. In the top of the seventh, freshman Jenna Stark (Huntington Beach, Calif./Orange Lutheran) sparked a rally of back-to-back-to-back doubles that pushed the winning run across.
With one out, Stark doubled to right field and was pinch run for by junior Regan Page (Atlanta, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian). Senior Jillian Webb (Hemet, Calif./Hemet) then doubled to center field, moving Page to third and setting the stage for junior Cara Savarese (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset), who doubled to left field to score Page and put the Hoyas in lead, 3-2.
Mackensey Carter (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) handcuffed Villanova in the bottom of the seventh to ensure Georgetown of the victory. The junior upped her record to 7-13 with the win, and lowered her ERA to 3.50 in the process.
Stark was 3-for-4, her second three-hit game this season, and Savarese and Webb both went 2-for-4 in the win.
Georgetown decided to forgo any late-inning drama in game two, instead rallying for seven runs in support of senior Melissa Conners (Wellington, Fla./Wellington), who pitched a complete game without giving up an earned run to preserve the 7-1 victory, and the sweep.
The Hoyas started their offensive onslaught in the fourth inning. A pair of consecutive walks to Stark and Savarese followed by a Kristi Preuss single down the left field line loaded the bases for Webb, who singled to right field to put GU up, 2-0.
Georgetown would add one in the fifth after sophomore Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) doubled and was driven home after another extra-base hit by Savarese. Lowe doubled home two more runs in the sixth after a couple of walks put Carter and Anttila on base with two outs.
Jordan Hansen (Omaha, Neb./Millard West) capped off the offensive onslaught when she doubled home two runs of her own in the seventh. Lowe was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Savarese was 2-for-2 with a RBI as the Hoyas used a perfect combination of offense and pitching to put away their opponent.
The team will attempt to sweep the entire series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch in the final game of the three-game set is slated for noon.