Feb. 7, 2015
GAME ONE: Georgetown 8, South Dakota 0
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown softball team shutout the University of South Dakota, 8-0, in a shortened, eight-run rule six inning game on Saturday afternoon at the 2015 Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn.
Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) recorded the win for the Hoyas, pitching 4.1 innings, and allowing only two hits.
After a scoreless first inning, the Hoyas got on the board after a Hannah Ramsey (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) double to left field brought in Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) to put Georgetown up, 1-0. A Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) single to left field increased the lead to 2-0 scoring Ramsey.
The Hoyas and Coyotes held each other hitless through the third, fourth and fifth innings, before Georgetown scored six runs in the sixth inning to increase the lead.
Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida started things off with a solo home run at the top of the sixth inning to increase the lead to 3-0. It was her second solo shot in as many games. Later in the inning, a Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.J./Floral Park Memorial) walk scored Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) and the Hoyas went up 4-0. With the bases loaded once again, Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) hit a grand slam to bring in Giovanniello, Kane and Ramsey and bring the score to 8-0 in favor of the Blue & Gray. South Dakota was scoreless in the bottom of the inning before the game was called.
"We played very well against South Dakota," said Head Coach Pat Conlan. "We got a great pitching effort from Lauren (O'Leary) and Megan (Hyson) and we handled the bats well throughout the order. A win against a solid team like USD gives the team a great deal of confidence."
GAME TWO: UMKC 11, Georgetown 8
Despite scoring eight runs for the third game in a row, the Hoyas dropped the second game in their Saturday doubleheader to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 11-8.
The Kangaroos wasted no time getting on the board as Brooke Parker scored following a Georgetown error and went up 1-0. Shortly after, Bri Wyatt added to the lead as she scored following a single by Cinda Ramos to make it, 2-0, going into the bottom of the first.
Georgetown responded, however, as Kane scored from second base following a single to left field from Hyson. The first inning ended with the score 2-1 in favor of UMKC.
In the second inning, the Blue & Gray added three runs to go up 4-2. Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) scored from second following a Ramsey single to left field. Ramsey added another GU run after an error by the UMKC third baseman. Kane was the final unearned run of the inning.
The Kangaroos had a big third inning as they scored seven runs to regain the lead at 9-4; they added another run at the top of the fourth to make it 10-4. GU kept fighting, however, as Elvina scored in the bottom of the inning following a Giovanniello double, and closed the gap, making it 9-5.
Georgetown would go on to keep UMKC scoreless through two innings while adding two more runs of its own. Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida singled to the shortstop to bring in Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) in the fifth and a Giovanniello hit to right field scored Ramsey in the sixth to cut the Kangaroos lead down to three, 10-7.
Following a UMKC run that made it 11-7 going into the bottom of the seventh, Appelbe scored on an Elvina ground out to second, but the Hoyas were unable to complete the comeback and fell 11-8.
"UMKC put the ball in play and took advantage of quite a few errors and the inexperience of our freshman pitcher," said Conlan. "I loved the fight we had in us, we made a game of it until the last out."
The Blue & Gray will conclude play at the Music City Classic when it faces Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.