Feb. 9, 2014
WASHINGTON - After dropping a game to Ole Miss (2-3) yesterday, 2-1, the Georgetown softball team (2-3) came back on Sunday only to play them again in the 3-4 seed game at the FGCU/Four Points By Sheraton Invitational in Ft. Myers, Fla. This time, Georgetown got a surge in its offense and downed the Bulldogs, 9-2, on seven hits.
"Our offense was much better. We had quality at-bats and put the ball in play well," said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan.
Sophomore Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) went 3-for-3 in the game and also drew a walk to get on base four times in total. Senior Alexandria Antilla (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) singled twice in three at-bats and knocked in a run. Senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) continued to show her power as she doubled for the second time on the season and tallied two RBI in the victory to bring her season total up to five in the team's first five games.
Junior Megan Hyson (1-2, Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) made her third start on the season for the Hoyas as she earned the win across seven innings. Hyson faced 32 batters, striking out four of them, walking four while only allowing two earned runs. She along with the defense behind her helped strand nine Bulldogs on base.
"Megan [Hyson] has another excellent outing," Conlan said of the junior.
In the 9-2 win for GU, Ole Miss had the lead early on in the game. A leadoff walk in the bottom of the second inning ended up scoring on a single to left-center, which brought her in from second base. The following inning Ole Miss started the inning with a single and a bunt-single. Hyson then struck out and flied out the next two batters to give the Bulldogs two outs with runners on first and third. The runner on first stole second base, and while that was occurring, the runner of third broke for home and the throw was late to give Mississippi its second and final run.
"I thought the girls played well today. We made a few mistakes early on defense but found a way to recover and played solid for the remainder of the game to hold them," said Conlan.
Georgetown came back over the span of the fifth and sixth innings to score nine unanswered runs to conclude the game. After walking the bases loaded, Slovacek drew the fourth walk of the fifth inning to score sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) for the Hoyas' first run to make it, 2-1. Hyson, the next batter, then reached on an error as senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) and Slovacek capitalized on the shortstop's error to give the Blue & Gray the 4-2 lead.
Anttila, who batted fifth and started in right field, singled Hyson in from second on the next play with two outs to cap the Hoyas' five-run fifth inning.
Georgetown scored an additional four runs in the sixth inning to secure the 9-2 victory. Henry singled to left to start the inning. Two batters later, Appelbe singled up the middle to move Henry over to third. The Hoyas took advantage of three Bulldog errors in the inning to score four runs. Slovacek knocked Graziano in with her double to left field with two outs and then scored herself on the Ole Miss' third error of the inning when Hyson reach on an error on the next play.
"Even in our losses I thought we were in a good place. When we put all the parts of the game together, we will be a very competitive team. Going home with a win against an SEC school gives the girls a great deal of confidence as we move into the season," Conlan remarked on the FGCU/Four Points By Sheraton Invitational.
Georgetown plays in a two-day weekend tournament on Sat., Feb 15 and Sun., Feb 16 in Farmvile Va. Bucknell, Longwood and Saint Joseph's will be Georgetown's three opponents. The first game will be against Bucknell at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.