Freshmen Pitching Shines as Georgetown Goes 2-0 at St. John's on Saturday
April 14, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University softball team (17-25, 2-8 BIG EAST) took the first two games of a three-game series against St. John’s (14-27, 2-8 BIG EAST) at Red Storm field in Queens, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon 2-1, and 3-1.The Hoyas forced the Red Storm into their pace of play early in the first game. Georgetown had one hit in the 2-1 win from Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) at the top of the fifth. The Blue & Gray got on the board first in the fourth, after loading the bases. Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) was hit by a pitch to reach first for the second time in the game on a walk. Mackensey Carter (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) sent Lowe to first on a fielding error by the short stop. Cara Savarese (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) was walked with one out to set up Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) for the sacrifice fly to bring Lowe around to score the go-ahead run. In the sixth, Cristina Fletcher (White Plains, N.Y./The Ursuline School) pinch ran for Carter. The freshman reached second and then third on two wild pitches from St. John’s. Savarese hit the sacrifice fly to center to bring Fletcher around to score, making the score 2-0 Georgetown. The Red Storm staged a comeback in the bottom of the seventh in the first of two nail-biting final innings on the day. St. John’s led off with a solo home run to make the score 2-1. The Red Storm got one more batter to first on a single to left field before Lauren O’Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) closed out the game on the mound. O’Leary pitched eight strikeouts with one walked batter. Three of her eight strikeouts came in the last two innings to complete the defensive effort for the Hoyas. The freshman gave up six hits and one run. In the second game Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) led off with a single in the first on her way to going two-for-four from the plate. Madeleine Giaqunto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O’Connell) also got on the board early with a single in the second on her way to a perfect batting performance on the game at two-for-two. The Red Storm struck first with a second home run on the day from Erin Burner in the third. The Hoyas fought back in the fifth with a three-run inning. In the middle of the order Giaquinto was walked and Slovacek hit a bunt to third. Fletcher came around from second to score on a throwing error pinch running for Giaquinto. Slovacek’s bunt brought in one run and put two Hoyas on base with no outs and Samantha Findling (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) up to pinch hit for Graziano. Findling was walked, loading the bases. Graziano came back to run for Findling. While making the steal attempt from first to second, St. John’s overthrew the second baseman, bringing Graziano and Slovacek around for two more unearned runs. St. John’s looked to get back in the game again with two on base and one out in the bottom of the seventh. Hyson pitched two strikeouts in the final inning to secure the series victory for Georgetown. O’Leary and Hyson combined for 13 strikeouts, two walked batters, 12 hits and two runs from the mound in the BIG EAST doubleheader. The Hoyas will play for the BIG EAST series sweep against the Red Storm tomorrow at noon.