Georgetown Hits the Road for Three Midweek Non-Conference Games
March 28, 2011
WASHINGTON - After splitting the first two games of its BIG EAST schedule, the Georgetown University softball team will make short trips to Towson and George Mason for a trio of non-conference games against CAA opponents on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Hoyas will play against the Tigers at 2 p.m. tomorrow and will start a doubleheader against the Patriots in Fairfax, Va. at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
GU (7-24) opened its conference schedule on Saturday by splitting two games against Connecticut. The Hoyas took the first game, 5-3, before falling in game two of the doubleheader, 14-6. The rubber match of the series was cancelled on Sunday because of snow in the Washington area.
In both games, Georgetown scored early and often. The Hoyas put up three runs in the first inning of game one after Jenna Stark (Huntington Beach, Calif./Orange Lutheran) hit a two-run triple and Cara Savarese (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) scored Stark on a single through the left side. Those three runs would be all Mackensey Carter (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) would need, as the junior held the Huskies scoreless through the last four innings en route to her sixth win of the season. Carter was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Savarese also launched her first home run of the year in the fourth, as Georgetown won its second consecutive BIG EAST opener.
In game two, the Hoyas scored five runs in the first two innings, highlighted by a three-run home run by Stark in the first, the second of her career. GU held a 6-2 advantage until the sixth, when UConn exploded for 11 runs to put the game out of reach.
Stark and Carter have powered a potent Georgetown offense over the past week, as the Hoyas have batted .266, with 42 hits and 22 runs in the past six games. Stark has made her presence felt in the middle of GU's lineup over the last three contests. In games against Virginia and UConn, the freshman batted .444 with two home runs and eight RBI while slugging a gaudy 1.333. She is currently in the midst of a five-game hitting streak.
In the last six games, Carter has batted .550 with a home run, a double and six RBI while reaching base over 60 percent of the time. She is now tied with Stark for the team lead in RBI and paces the Hoyas in average (.327), hits (33), home runs (4) and at bats (101).
Towson: Towson carries an 11-15 overall record into the game, with a 1-2 mark in CAA play. The Tigers are powered on offense by Erika Stasch, Dammi DiPompo and Andrea Stevenson, who are all batting over .300 and are the only players on the team with double-digit RBI totals. In the circle, Dominique Ortega has a 2.89 ERA, while Katie Lingmai has an 8-7 record in 15 starts. Georgetown is 2-4 all-time against Towson, winning the teams' most recent meeting, 3-2.
George Mason: The Patriots are 10-15 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Tori Dudley leads the team in average, batting at a .277 clip, but the strength of the team is its pitching staff, as George Mason has a 2.51 team ERA. Miranda Cranford (1.62) and Stephanie Maher (1.75) are the squad's two hurlers with a sub-2.00 ERA and have combined for seven wins. The Hoyas are 3-5 all-time against George Mason and have won the last two.