March 21, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Hoyas came back from being down 7-2 and scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Villanova 8-7 in dramatic fashion in the first of two games Saturday, but could not maintain momentum and dropped the second game, 8-0, to move to 11-15 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Game one: Georgetown 8, Villanova 7
Villanova was quick out of the gate and scored its first run of the game two batters in to go up 1-0 in the top of the first inning. The lead would be short lived, however, as Georgetown's Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) singled down the right field line in the bottom of the inning to bring in Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) to jump ahead of the Wildcats, 2-1.
The lead would be short-lived as Villanova continued to make contact and the Hoya bats went cold.
In the top of the second inning, the Wildcats added three runs off a double and a solo home run. The top of the third inning saw the lead increase, as Villanova added a fifth run to make it 5-2.
Villanova continued to take advantage of its hot bats, scoring an additional two runs in the top of the fifth inning and the scoreboard read 7-2 in favor of the Wildcats. At the end of the fifth inning, the Hoyas had been held to three hits.
Georgetown threatened to get on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning as it recorded two hits, but ended the inning leaving two runners stranded.
The Wildcats were kept quiet in the top of the seventh inning and it was in the bottom of the inning that the Blue & Gray found its rhythm and scored six runs to first tie and then win the game in grand fashion.
It started when junior Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) doubled to left center and scored Kane and Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) to make the score 7-4. A single by Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida to left center scored Giovanniello and made it 7-5 with one out. Hyson scored on a Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) ground out to move the Hoyas closer at 7-6 with two outs. Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) stepped up to the plate and made contact for the game winning single through the left side that scored Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) and older sister Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida to make the final, 8-7, in favor of the Hoyas.
Game Two: Villanova 8, Georgetown 0
GU was unable to maintain the momentum from its six-run comeback and fell 8-0 in the second game.
Villanova pitcher Brette Lawrence moved to 3-2 on the season in her winning performance in which she allowed only five hits.
The teams combined for seven hits over the first three innings, but both were unable to bring in runs as the score read 0-0 going into the fourth inning. It was in the fourth that Villanova came alive.
The Wildcats scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to make it 4-0 and put the Hoyas on their toes once more.
Georgetown couldn't capitalize after two runners got on base in the bottom of the fifth inning, and found itself down going into the sixth inning. In the top of the sixth, Villanova would add four more runs to increase the lead to 8-0. After Georgetown couldn't answer, the game was called after six innings.
The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday at Guy Mason Field. First pitch is scheduled for noon.