Feb. 13, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown softball team split its games on Friday at the Landfall Park Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational in Wilmington, N.C. After defeating UBMC, 3-0, the Hoyas went to extra innings against UNC Wilmington, but were unable to comeback and fell, 5-4, in nine innings. GU now sits at 3-3.
Game One: Georgetown 3, UMBC 0
Senior pitcher Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) pitched the complete game for the Hoyas, striking out seven, to move to 2-1 on the season. Hyson also had one hit on the day.
"I was very pleased with our performance today," said Head Coach Pat Conlan. "Megan throw very well and we were able to put together a nice fourth inning offensively. Overall I love the way we are competing and the confidence we are playing with."
The Retrievers' biggest scoring threat came at the bottom of the second inning as they placed runners on first and third with one out. After Emily Neal reached first on fielder's choice, Jaclyn Buckley was thrown out at home and Danielle O'Neill grounded out to second and the Hoyas squashed the UMBC threat.
Georgetown got on the board at the top of the fourth inning scoring three runs. A Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) single scored Hyson and the Hoyas went up 1-0 with one out. Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) continued her stellar play as a triple down the right field line scored Henry and Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) to increase the lead, 3-0. Through five games, Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida is tied with Hyson for the team lead with six RBI.
The Hoyas would maintain the lead through the end of the game and bounce back from two-straight losses.
"Our goal this season is to focus on one pitch at a time," said Conlan. "We don't want to spend too much time looking back or forward. We want to focus on the moment, this pitch. We did that well today so it was nice to get a victory and start the weekend."
Game Two: UNC Wilmington 5, Georgetown 4
Despite coming back to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh and sending the game to extra innings, the Hoyas couldn't complete the comeback and fell to UNC Wilmington, 5-4, in nine innings.
"Tonight was a tough loss," said Conlan. "We left too many runners on base and made too many little mistakes to win that game. I loved our fight, however, it feels like we let that game get away from us."
Georgetown was in a hole early as the Seahawks scored off a wild pitch to make it 1-0 at the bottom of the second. Both teams would go scoreless in the third before a fourth inning that saw three runs scored.
GU got on the board similar to the Seahawks as Samantha Giovaniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 1-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. UNC Wilmington added to its lead at the bottom of the inning as they scored two more runs to up, 3-1.
The Hoyas were able to respond after being down all game, however, and scored twice to tie the game and send it to extra innings. With the bases loaded, Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) singled to the infield and scored Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) and Payton Lawton (Yorba Linda, Calif./Rosary).
The Blue & Gray carried the momentum into the eighth inning as a Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) double brought in Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida as the Hoyas took the lead 4-3. UNC Wilmington stuck around nonetheless and tied it up once more at 4-4 and sent the game into the ninth inning. In the ninth inning, the Hoyas were unable to find a hit and the Seahawks clinched the game after Taylor Matkins scored, unearned, to end the game, 5-4.
"We will keep working at getting the kinks out and hopefully string some wins together," said Conlan.
Georgetown takes the field on Saturday when it faces Saint Joseph's at 12:30 p.m.