Lack of Run Production Dooms Hoyas For Second Straight Weekend

The Georgetown softball team returned from the East Carolina Tournament a day earlier than expected with a serious case of déjà vu. The Hoyas dropped all three games they played in the tournament 3-1 and inclement weather caused two Sunday games to be cancelled.

Georgetown (1-7) opened the weekend with a clash against the Hawks of St. Joseph’s (3-0-1) on Friday. Sophomore pitcher Lauren O’Leary was strong for GU, allowing five hits, three runs (two earned), and striking out five in six innings of work. Georgetown’s lone run in the game was the result of small ball with a little help from the Hawks. Down 1-0 in the top of the 5th, senior Jordan Hansen doubled and was subsequently pinch-run for by junior Taylor Koenig. Koenig managed to score when St. Joe’s botched the handling of a sacrifice bunt by freshman Molly Morrison. The 1-1 tie was short lived however, as the Hawks produced runs in both the bottom of the 6th and 7th innings to secure the 3-1 victory.

The Blue and Gray returned to the field only a few hours later to take on tournament host East Carolina (5-3). For the second time in the day, a sophomore pitcher went the distance for GU, allowing five hits and three runs in six innings. This time the pitcher was Megan Hyson, who struck out seven Pirates in her fourth start of the young season. East Carolina jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st, but the Hoyas battled back in the top of the 2nd scoring a run after a series of errors by the Pirates. Freshman Grace Appelbe reached base on a fielding error, advanced to second after Morrison drew a walk, and then scored when Koenig reached second on another error by East Carolina. Georgetown, however, could not keep pace, as the Pirates scored runs in both the 3rd and 6th innings to hand the Hoyas their second 3-1 defeat of the day.

O’Leary and Hyson combined forces for the Hoyas’ rematch against St. Joseph’s on Saturday morning. O’Leary started, allowing two runs in three innings and Hyson pitched the final four innings for the Blue and Gray, holding the Hawks to only one run on one hit. The offense struggled again for Georgetown, who managed to produce only three hits for the third straight game. The lone run came in the 6th inning when junior Elyse Graziano led off with a single and advanced to second after freshman Samantha Giovanniello grounded out. Junior Hannah Slovacek would pick up the first RBI of the weekend for the Hoyas when she singled, driving in Graziano. The Georgetown comeback, however, fell short when Slovacek was stranded on third and for the third time in less than 48 hours, the Hoyas fell 3-1.

The loss to St. Joseph’s dropped Georgetown to 1-7 on the season. For the second straight weekend, the Hoyas pitched and defended relatively well, but struggled to produce any runs. Georgetown returns to the Carolinas next weekend for the University of South Carolina Upstate tournament.