April 27, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team (23-21, 9-8 BIG EAST) split a Sunday doubleheader with the Providence Friars (6-26, 4-12 BIG EAST) after rain shortened the series from three games to two. The Hoyas won game one on Sunday, 1-0, before dropping game two, 5-4.
Georgetown only recorded two hits, but came away with the 1-0 with the lone run in the top of the first inning.
Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) worked a 3-2 count and drew a walk to leadoff the game. Graziano moved over to second on a groundout and then third on a passed ball. With one out, senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) singled to center field to score Graziano.
Junior Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) pitched a complete game shutout, moving to 10-9 on the season. She allowed just six baserunners in the game while striking out five. O’Leary and the Georgetown defense recorded 1-2-3 innings in both the second and third.
Providence had a runner on third in the bottom of the first, but O’Leary stifled the offensive threat by striking out the final batter. O’Leary again found herself in a jam in the fourth inning with a runner on second. With only one out, the Georgetown junior got the next batter to fly out on the first pitch before striking out the final batter on three-straight pitches.
The Hoyas tried to score an insurance run in the sixth. After Graziano stole third with one out, Slovacek hit a groundball to the shortstop. Graziano broke for home on the play but was thrown out for the second out of the inning.
Sophomore Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) tallied the second hit for GU on the afternoon; a two-out single in the fifth with nobody on. The game marked the first time Georgetown was limited to two hits since February 8 against Western Kentucky.
Down 1-0, Georgetown tied up the game in the second on a sacrifice fly from senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community), one of three RBI on the day for the senior.
The Friars scored a run in each of the first three innings as the Hoyas found themselves down, 3-1, heading into the fourth.
The Blue & Gray responded by scoring a run in each of the fourth, fifth and six innings to take a 4-3 lead.
Anttila grabbed her second RBI of the day as she singled in freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) with two outs in the fourth inning.
Slovacek hit her third home run of the season, a solo shot, in the fifth inning with two outs to tie up the game 3-3.
Anttila then scored Hannah Ramsey (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) on her second sacrifice fly of the afternoon in the sixth, giving GU the 4-3 lead.
Providence regained the lead on a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth.
The Hoyas had a chance to tie the game again with junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) on third with two outs in the seventh, but a strikeout ended the contest.
O’Leary (10-10) took the loss in game two, going 3.1 innings and allowing two runs on three hits. Hyson pitched the final 2.2 innings. She allowed three runs on five hits.
Georgetown hosts the Seton Hall Pirates in the final weekend of BIG EAST regular season play on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday followed by a single game on Sunday. Games start at noon (ET) both days at Guy Mason Field in Washington, D.C.
Currently, Georgetown and three other teams sit at 9-8 in conference play. Seton Hall comes into the series with a 9-9 mark in conference play. DePaul is the only team guaranteed entry into the BIG EAST Championship with the remaining teams (Georgetown 9-8, St. John’s 9-8, Butler 9-8, Seton Hall 9-9, Creighton 7-10) vying for the three final spots.