Georgetown Softball (15-25, 0-8 Big East) suffered a pair of frustrating losses against Pitt (22-17, 5-6 Big East) this past Wednesday at Pittsburgh’s Vartabedian Field. The first game was a low-scoring affair in which Blue and Gray starter Lauren O’Leary more than held her own, but was ultimately undone by the two runs she surrendered in the third inning in the 2-1 loss. The second game fell at the other end of the spectrum for Georgetown, as Pitt scored 11 runs in a dominant five-inning win.
Mackensey Carter drove in what would be the only run of the day for the Hoyas early in game one, giving the Blue and Gray a 1-0 lead that they held for less than an inning. O’Leary, who was otherwise dominant, gave up three of her four hits on the day in the bottom of the third as the Panthers scraped across two runs. The freshman finished the day with five strikeouts against just one walk in six innings, but it wasn’t good enough to avoid her 11th loss of the year as the offense mustered just one hit in the four innings after the Panthers took the lead.
The offensive struggles continued in the second game for the Hoyas, as Madeline Giaquinto accounted for their only hit of the day in the bottom of the fifth inning with the game already well out of hand. Megan Hyson started the game on the mound for the Hoyas, but her attempt at earning her sixth win of the season fizzled out early. A quick first inning was followed by a disastrous second frame for Hyson, as the Panthers led off with back-to-back homers. The freshman recovered to get one out, but was lifted in favor of Carter after walking the fourth batter of the inning. Carter did little to stop the bleeding, though, giving up two homers of her own without recording a single out. Game one starter O’Leary then relieved Carter and quickly got the last two outs of the inning, but the damage had been done. She’d give up five runs (four earned) of her own before the game was over, as the lone bright spot for the Blue and Gray was Giaquinto’s two-out single in the bottom of the fifth that prevented the Hoyas from being no-hit in the abbreviated five-inning game.