WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University softball squad lost to Butler on Sunday afternoon in the seventh inning at Nats Youth Academy, 13-9. The Hoyas had a 7-0 lead going into the fifth inning but could not keep the lead. With the loss, GU falls to 12-29, 4-7 in the BIG EAST, while Butler improves to 15-21 with a 5-4 mark in the conference.
At the plate, the Blue & Gray was led by senior Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) with four hits, including a double. Freshman NeNe Campos (Nogales, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro) added three hits to Georgetown’s offense. GU had 13 hits against Butler.
Sophomore Anna Brooks Pacha (Houston, Texas/St. John’s School) started off on the mound for the Hoyas. Pacha pitched 5.2 innings, giving up nine hits, 11 runs and walking six while registering six strikeouts. Freshman London Diller (Abilene, Texas/George Ranch) and sophomores Katie Vannicola (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) and Isabelle Ortiz (Bonita, Calif./Bonita Vista) pitched a combined total of 0.5 innings to relieve Pacha from her work in the circle. Collectively, the trio of pitchers gave up two runs and three hits.
Georgetown started off strong against the Bulldogs, maintaining a 7-0 lead heading into the top of the fifth inning. The Hoyas entered the scoring column in the first inning when junior Mallory Belknap (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) singled to the shortstop and sent Kane home to score, making the score 1-0.
GU scored six more runs, all in the bottom of the fourth, to take the 7-0 lead. Sophomore Ciara Sullivan (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) started off the fourth inning rally when she singled to center field and collected an RBI off of her hit. Shortly after, junior Kelly Amen (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) sacrificed a hit to center field, allowing sophomore Alexa Dolby (Round Hill, Va./Woodgrove) to reach home. Campos came up to the plate next and singled to right field, driving in another run for the Hoyas. With two batters in scoring position, Kane looked in a single to center field, tallying the fourth-consecutive run for the Blue & Gray. The rally ended with junior Sarah Bennett (Owings, Md./Northern) who recorded a two-run single, giving Georgetown its seventh run of the game.
The Bulldogs came back in the top of the fifth and scored five runs, cutting GU’s lead to just two, 7-5. The Hoyas added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Belknap walked with bases loaded, making the score 8-5. Butler came back in the top of the seventh with eight runs, taking the lead for the first time in the game, 13-8. GU attempted to fight back in the final inning when Kane scored on a passed ball, but the Bulldogs’ defense stopped the Hoyas from scoring anymore runs, sealing the game, 13-9.
The Blue & Gray is set to play two midweek games on Tuesday and Wednesday at Nationals Youth Academy. GU will host Towson on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and then will take on Virginia on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.