April 6, 2014
Sunday, April 6
St. John’s at Georgetown | L, 9-6 | Box Score
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team (17-15, 7-2 BIG EAST) dropped a conference matchup on Sunday at Guy Mason Field in Washington, D.C., to the St. John’s Red Storm (17-18, 3-5 BIG EAST) by a final score of 9-6. St. John’s won the three-game weekend series, 2-1. The Hoyas still maintain a 6-5 all-time series record over the Red Storm.
Georgetown got on the board early with a two-run home run off the bat of senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) on a 2-0 pitch in the bottom of the first inning. The home run gave GU the early 2-0 edge. It came as Slovacek’s second home run on the season and the 17th for the team through 32 games.
St. John’s responded with back-to-back solo homers to start off the top of the second inning to tie it up, 2-2.
The Hoyas regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning when freshman catcher Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) from third. In the first game of the series on Saturday, Elvina hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning of the Hoyas’ 1-0, walk-off victory.
The Red Storm took the lead on Sunday when they added three runs in the third and four runs in the fifth to open up their lead to 9-3.
Georgetown scored three runs in the fifth to cut the deficit down to 9-6. Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) singled up the middle to lead off the inning. Sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) followed suit with a base hit between third base and shortstop to put runners on first and second. After a pitching change for St. John’s, one of four pitchers on the day for the Red Storm, Slovacek loaded the bases with the third-consecutive single for the Hoyas. GU tacked on one run with a sacrifice fly to right field from junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake).
With two outs in the inning, sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) continued the singles trend for Georgetown with a RBI single that scored Appelbe. After a single by Anttila, freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) recorded a base hit for the sixth single of the inning for the Hoyas. The freshman’s hit scored Giovanniello to cut St. John’s lead down to three, 9-6.
But the Hoyas were not able to muster a comeback in the seventh inning after holding the Red Storm in the top half of the inning.
Anttila, Appelbe, A. Gargicevich-Almeida and Slovacek all tallied two-hit games for the Hoyas in the 9-6 loss on Sunday.
Georgetown’s Lauren O'Leary (L, 8-7, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) started the game and took the loss. She went four innings and was relieved by Hyson in the fifth.
Georgetown next plays UMBC in a non-conference matchup in Baltimore, Md., on Wed., April 9 at 2:30 p.m. ET.