April 27, 2013
WASHINGTON - After being shutout in the first game of the day by a score of 8-0, the Georgetown University softball team (20-29, 9-9 BIG EAST) bounced back and defeated first place Louisville (43-8, 16-2 BIG EAST) in the second game, 4-2.
Georgetown becomes only the second team to defeat Louisville in BIG EAST play this season, which previously only lost to Syracuse back in March. The victory also gives the Hoyas 20 wins this season, eclipsing last year's mark of 19 wins with five games remaining on the regular season schedule.
Sophomore Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calf./La Canada) was in the circle for game two, where she held Louisville to two runs on eight hits in her 16th complete game of the season, earning her 13th win. The two runs allowed both came in the first inning on sacrifice flies by the Cardinal, who were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Georgetown got on the board in game two in the top of the first inning with Shikara Lowe's (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) fifth homerun of the season, a two-run shot that brought home Sophia Garqicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King), who reached base with her ninth double of the season.
After Louisville tied the game at two apiece in the bottom of the first, Georgetown responded in the top of the second with two more runs.
The Hoyas started the inning with two singles and a walk to load the bases, bringing Lowe up to bat. Lowe earned a walk at the plate for her third RBI of the day, scoring pinch runner Taylor Koenig (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit). Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) came up next and singled to right field to score junior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy). Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) also came around in an attempt to score but was thrown out at home plate by the Cardinal right fielder.
Game one was called after five innings with Louisville taking the win, 8-0. The Cardinal score a run in each of the first four innings and four runs in the fifth inning before the game ended. Sophomore Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) pitched for the Hoyas, throwing every pitch in the loss. The Hoyas managed four hits in game two.
Game three of the series is slated for noon on Sunday, April 28 at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville, Ky.