May 9, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - The Georgetown University softball team (21-33, 10-13 BIG EAST) brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, but could not score against the No. 4 seeded DePaul Blue Demons (32-20, 17-6 BIG EAST), as the fifth-seeded Hoyas fell, 1-0 in the BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals on Thursday morning at USF Softball Stadium.
All-BIG EAST First Team selection, Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit), who reached base twice against DePaul, singled to right field with one out in the top of the seventh inning, to give the Hoyas two opportunities with the go-ahead run at the plate, but Verdun retired the next two hitters to bring the Hoyas season to an end.
"I'm really proud of our team," Head Coach Pat Conlan said. "They really battled today. (Kristen) Verdun is a fantastic pitcher and DePaul is a great program and we took them down to the last out. This has been such a great season and I think we proved to ourselves that anything was possible. I just wish it didn't have to end."
Sophomore pitcher Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) battled her all-league counterpart, turning in a strong performance of her own in the Hoyas first-ever trip to the postseason. Hyson tossed 6.0 innings, allowing one run on eight hits, while striking out six in the loss.
"Megan probably pitched her best game of the season today, and it couldn't have come at a better time," Conlan said.
The Blue Demons struck first in the bottom of the third inning, as Allie Braden hit a one-out triple to left centerfield and scored on Samantha Dodd's infield single. Hyson induced a ground out and an infield pop out to escape the third inning without any further damage.
Hyson was able to work her way out of trouble throughout the day, holding DePaul to one run, despite the Blue Demons advancing a runner into scoring position in five of six innings. In the fifth, the DePaul loaded the bases with one-out, but Hyson got two foul fly-outs to end the threat, keeping GU within one run.
Freshman third baseman Taylor Henry (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) broke up Kristen Verdun's no-hit bid in the top of the sixth inning, with a one-out single up the middle, but GU was not able to move her around the bases. Henry's hit was the first to get through the infield, as the Blue Demons infield defense consistently robbed GU hitters of base hits throughout the morning.
GU threatened once more in the seventh inning on Lowe's single, but DePaul's defense kept GU scoreless to advance to Friday's semifinal.
The 2013 Hoyas finished as the first in the team's eight-year history to advance to the BIG EAST Tournament, tying the program record with 21 wins, and winning a program-best 10 conference games under Conlan.