April 12, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team (19-17, 7-4 BIG EAST) dropped Saturday’s doubleheader to the DePaul Blue Demons (28-8, 9-0 BIG EAST) in Chicago at Cacciatore Stadium. The Hoyas fell 7-6 in game one before losing 5-0 in game two. The two teams will meet up again tomorrow, Sun., April 13 to finish off the three-game, conference series with a single game starting at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT
DePaul took an early lead on a two-run single with runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the first. The Hoyas got one back in the third after senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) singled to centerfield. Two errors on the hit allowed sophomore Molly Morrison (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) to score on the play to make it 2-1.
The Blue Demons added three more to go up 5-1 behind two hits and a Georgetown error in the fourth inning.
The Hoyas cut the deficit to two when Georgetown junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) hit her sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot with sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) on base to make it 5-3 after five and a half innings of play.
After one DePaul run in the bottom half of the inning, the Hoyas came back to tie the game up in the top of the seventh, 6-6. With one out and nobody on, freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) homered to left field on her first pitch for her fourth home run of the season. Then with two outs, Graziano capitalized on an error to score herself as well as freshman pinch runner Hannah Ramsey (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) to tie it 6-6 heading into the bottom of the inning.
But DePaul put together a string of singles before the Hoyas loaded the bases on an intentional walk in attempt to gain a defensive advantage with a force at any base. With one out and the bases loaded, Staci Bonezek came through for the Blue Demons with a RBI-single to score the game-winning run.
Georgetown Lauren O'Leary (L, 9-8, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) started in the game one loss and went 6.1 innings with four strikeouts
DePaul again grabbed the lead in the first inning of game two to help win by the eventual score of 5-0. The Blue Demons’ Kristen Verdun earned her 20th win in the circle. Georgetown faced Verdun last season in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals.
The Hoyas got two hits with two outs in the top of the first inning, but stranded both runners after a strikeout ended the scoring opportunity.
Georgetown only captured two more hits in the game, one in each the third and sixth inning.
Senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) had the only multi-hit game for Georgetown with singles in the first and sixth innings. It marked the sixth time Slovacek tallied two hits in a game this year.
In game one, DePaul committed five errors to Georgetown’s one, but the second game flipped as GU erred three times while the Blue Demons shaped up, only allowing one.
DePaul put its final three runs on the board in the fifth inning on a leadoff double and two GU errors.
Hyson (L, 10-9) took the loss for the Hoyas in game two as she went 5.0 innings with four strikeouts, allowing five runs (four earned runs). O’Leary relieved Hyson for the sixth inning and only allowed one baserunner on a hit by pitch.
The two squads will play again tomorrow for the final game of the three-game series at 1 p.m. ET. Live stats and video will be available from DePaul’s feed.
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