Hoyas Combine Hitting and Pitching for Two Wins over Syracuse on Saturday
April 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown offense put up 15 runs over two games and Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) held the Orange to two hits in game two as the Hoyas won both games of Saturday's double header with the Syracuse Orange, 10-5 and 5-1, respectively. Georgetown improves to 7-5 in BIG EAST play, 17-25 overall, while Syracuse falls to 1-7 in the conference.
The Hoya offense produced 10 runs in game one en route to a 10-5 victory, six of which came in the fourth inning. Syracuse took the early lead, going up 2-0 on a homerun by first baseman Jasmine Watson, but the Hoyas responded in the bottom of the inning with four runs. Watson would later hit her second homerun of the game, a two-run shot in the fifth inning, her eighth of the season.
Down 2-0 in the third, Sophia Garqicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) led off the inning with a single and would get to third after two wild pitches by Stacy Kuwik. Hyson walked in the next at-bat, bringing up junior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake), who brought home both base runners with a single to left field to knot up the game at two apiece. Two more consecutive singles by Madeleine Giaquinto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell) and pinch-hitter Rachel Nersesian (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd made it 4-2 Georgetown after three innings of play.
Six consecutive batters reached base to start the sixth inning for Georgetown, and every batter saw action at the plate at least once in the inning. Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) used a two-run single to score Garqicevich-Almeida and Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial), and Hyson used an 11-pitch at-bat, where she fouled off seven consecutive pitches before doubling down the leftfield line, to score Anttila and Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit).
Freshman Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) laid down a bunt single to drive in a run, and Giovanniello singled to left field for the final RBI of the inning.
Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) threw her fourteenth complete game of the season, striking out eight batters over seven innings for her 11th win of the season.
Hyson pitched a quality start in the second game, throwing five scoreless innings after giving up a first inning solo homerun to Syracuse's Veronica Grant. The Orange were held to only one hit before tacking on a single in the top of the seventh, and Hyson struck out 10 in the 5-1 victory. Hyson's 10 strikeouts are her second most in one game this season, striking out 12 against Middle Tennessee State in early March.
Georgetown got on the board in the second inning of game two after an Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) sacrifice fly, and Giovanniello singled up the middle for her second RBI of the day to bring home Giaquinto from third, taking the lead 2-1.
The Hoyas scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Henry and Slovacek each hit an RBI single and Anttila reached home from first base after an error by the leftfielder.
Georgetown and Syracuse play their final game of the weekend on Sunday, April 14 at Guy Mason Field with the Hoyas looking to sweep their second conference opponent this season. First pitched is scheduled for noon.