Hoyas Prepare For Midweek Matchup Against James Madison
March 1, 2011
WASHINGTON - Coming off of a seventh-inning comeback victory against NC State in the Carolina Classic, the Georgetown University softball team attempts to jump start its first winning streak of the year when the Hoyas travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to take on the James Madison University Dukes on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch at Veterans Memorial Park is set for 4 p.m. and fans can follow live stats of the game here.
The Blue & Gray snapped a five-game losing streak last time out, winning a thrilling 2-1 contest against NC State. Down 1-0 late in the game, sophomore Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) hit a towering drive down the left field line to tie the game, 1-1. The sixth-inning home run was her second on the season and third in her career. Junior pitcher Mackensey Carter (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), who pitched seven innings without giving up an earned run, struck out the first two batters in the top of the seventh and induced a groundout by Toni Ann Williford to retire the side in order and keep the game tied. In the bottom half of the inning, junior Cara Savarese (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) sparked a two-out rally with a single to left field and freshman Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) followed her with a walk to move Savarese into scoring position. Carter (2-4, 1 RBI) stepped to the plate and smacked a single through the right side to score Savarese and seal the victory, 2-1.
"I think the girls did an outstanding job regaining their focus and came out and played a fantastic game against NC State," Head Coach Pat Conlan said. "It was a hard-fought emotional win and I am confident this win will get us back on track."
Savarese leads the Hoyas in batting (.286) and is tied for second in hits (6) while Lowe provides power in the middle of the lineup. The Oregon native is slugging .636, with two home runs, four RBI and 14 total bases. In the circle, Carter has posted a 2-3 record with a 1.83 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 34.1 innings.
The Dukes carry a 7-3 overall record into their home opener on Wednesday and are coming off of a successful 4-1 weekend at the Charlotte Green and White Classic from February 25-27. James Madison is led on offense by Ashley Burnham (.371, 3 HR, 10 RBI), the reigning Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year, as well as Jasmine Butler (.308, 9 runs), who earned First Team All-CAA honors in 2010. In the circle Olivia McPherson has a 4-1 record with a 0.91 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 30.2 innings pitched.
Georgetown won the last meeting between the two schools, 4-2, on April 22, 2009. James Madison holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series, sweeping a doubleheader in 2007 and winning once at the beginning of the 2008 season.