April 9, 2014
Wednesday, April 9
Georgetown at UMBC | W, 8-6 | Box Score
Thursday, April 10
Georgetown at Drexel | 3:30 p.m. ET | Live Stats
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown softball team (18-15, 7-2 BIG EAST) improved to 8-4 on the road with an 8-6 win over UMBC (22-15) in Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon.
Georgetown junior Lauren O'Leary (9-7, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) earned the win, going 4.1 innings for the Hoyas with five strikeouts. Fellow junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) earned her first save of the season as she went 2.2 innings in relief with five strikeouts in her 12 batters faced.
The Hoyas got on the board first with three runs in the top of the second. The inning began with a Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) walk and a first-pitch single by senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community). Freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) loaded the bases with a single down the left field line. Sophomore Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) then tallied one of her three RBI on the day with a single to score Giovanniello. Georgetown added two more on a single by sophomore Molly Morrison (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) while the third run scored on a double play.
UMBC put one run on the board in the bottom half of the inning with one of four home runs on the day, cutting the Hoyas' lead to 3-1.
The Hoyas responded with a home run of their own in the third off the bat of Hyson, her fifth of the season. But the Retrievers again retaliated with two runs in the bottom half, behind their second solo shot while the other run scored on an error.
The Hoyas maintained a 4-3 lead after three innings of play.
Georgetown broke away for the time being with three more runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-3 lead. Henry recorded a two-run single to score Hyson and junior Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King). Giovanniello scored her second run of the day after she took advantage of a UMBC miscue.
UMBC hit its third solo home run on the day to lead off the bottom of the fifth, this time coming off the bat of shortstop Bridget O'Malley.
Both squads had 1-2-3 innings in the sixth before heading into the seventh with Georgetown leading 7-4. The Blue & Gray added one run when Anttila scored from second on a throwing error by the UMBC shortstop. UMBC hit its fourth and final home run, a two-run shot and second home run of the day for Taylor Hall, in the bottom of the seventh to end the game with Georgetown on top, 8-6.
Though UMBC hit four home runs, the Hoyas never trailed in the game.
The Hoyas travel to Philadelphia tomorrow, Thurs., April 10, for a non-conference game against Drexel. Live stats will be available.
_Megan Hyson went 2-for-4 on the day for her team-best ninth multi-hit game as she also extended her bases-reached safely streak to 17 games.
_Henry's three runs batted in came as her second multi-RBI game.
_Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) singled to lead off the game. She is one of two Hoyas (Hyson) who are averaging 1.0 hits per game.
_Molly Morrison's bases-loaded RBI single was her first time at the plate this season with three runners on.