Feb. 6, 2015
WASHINGTON - Behind a six-run seventh inning, the Hoyas defeated Indiana State, 8-2, at the 2015 Music City Class in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday afternoon. This is the second season in a row, and the fourth time in the program's ten year history, that the team won its season opener.
Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) pitched a complete game for the Hoyas and recorded 12 strikeouts while also going two-for-three with a triple and a RBI.
"I'm thrilled that we were able to win our opener," said Head Coach Pan Conlan. "It sets the tone for the season. We have a lot of work to do, but this team is up for the challenge."
After keeping the Sycamores scoreless in the first inning, Indiana State was first on the board as Ashley Dickerson walked and scored on 2 Georgetown errors.
Georgetown responded in the fourth inning as a triple from Hyson brought in Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) and tied the score at 1-1.
The Hoyas kicked off the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run by Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) to go up 2-1, but the Sycamores were quick to respond and tied it, 2-2, following a single by Erika Crissman that allowed Dickerson to score at the bottom of the fifth.
After a scoreless sixth inning for both teams, the Hoyas' bats came alive in the seventh.
Three-straight singles loaded the bases with one out and then a single by Giovanniello scored Hannah Ramsey (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) and Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr). After a Hyson walk reloaded the bases, Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida singled in Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) and Giovanniello. Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) added an RBI single, scoring Hyson, and Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida drove in the final run with an RBI fielder's choice to move the score to 8-2.
Hyson struck out the first two batters she faced in the bottom of the seventh and the game came to a close with a fly-out to centerfield.
"Overall I thought we played a very tough, competitive game," said Conlan. "We had good at-bats through the first six innings so I knew it was only time before we would put a few hits together. Megan has a solid game on the mound and kept us in the game until we could break out."
The Hoyas also had four stolen bases against the Sycamores.
Georgetown will have a doubleheader on Saturday morning that will include meetings against South Dakota at 10 a.m. ET followed by a game versus the University of Missouri-Kansas City at 12:30 p.m. ET.