Feb. 21, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown softball (2-4) scored the first run of the game in the top of the eighth inning after both teams went scoreless for the first seven, but the Hoyas could not hold on as they fell to Gardner-Webb (2-7), 2-1, in extra innings.
Rain pushed back the start of the game from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., but the forecast for the rest of the weekend show little signs of precipitation.
"It was a tough loss," said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. "We had some opportunities to score throughout the game and just couldn't get the big hit."
Sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) started at shortstop for the Hoyas and led the team going 2-for-4 including the RBI-single in the eighth inning that scored freshman Hannah Ramsey (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) from second base to give GU the first run of the game. The international softball tiebreaking rule placed Ramsey on second base to start extra innings and she scored her first run of her collegiate career on the Giovanniello single.
Senior CF Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) and junior designated player Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) tallied the two other hits for the Hoyas. Graziano led off the game with a single. After a fielder's choice on the second play of the game, Giovanniello was on first and eventually moved over to second with two outs, but was not able to score in the top of the first.
A Hyson double (1) followed by a walk drawn by senior RF Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) led to runners on first and second with one out in the top of the fourth inning. GU was not able to move the runners over which left to Hyson and Anttila being left on base.
Junior right-handed pitcher Lauren O'Leary (1-2, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) started on the rubber for the Blue & Gray and pitched 7 innings of scoreless, five-hit ball before giving up a leadoff double in the bottom of the eighth, leading to Gardner-Webb tying up the game. Samantha Mennaghan, who hit the double for Gardner-Webb, eventually scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly.
O'Leary ended her complete game having thrown 7.1 innings. She gave up seven hits, struck out five and did not walk a single batter. Even in the loss, O'Leary lowered her earned run average to 1.38 and boasts a 15-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the season.
The Hoyas came into the Friday matchup against Gardner-Webb after a 12-day break without a game due to the cancellation of the weekend tournament in Farmville, Va. last week.
"I don't think the break had any effect on the game," said Conlan. "We were ready to play. We have to learn from today, put it behind us and prepare for tomorrow's game. I like where we are as a team."
The Blue & Gray play the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks tomorrow, Sat., Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field in Columbia, S.C. Georgetown leads the all-time series with Wilmington, 2-1. The Hoyas and the Seahawks last face each other in February 2012 with GU coming away with the 8-0 win. The Seahawks play Michigan State on Friday afternoon before facing off with Georgetown on Saturday. Live Stats for Georgetown vs. UNC-Wilmington can be found