Feb. 19, 2016
The Georgetown University softball team dropped both of its games on the first day of the Dolphin Invitation in Jacksonville, Fla., falling to 1-4 on the season. The Hoyas faced Penn State and Pittsburgh on Friday morning.
The Hoyas struck early in their first game against Penn State, getting their first runner on board with a Penn State error before a walk put runners on first and second with no outs. With one out registered, freshman Sarah Bennett (Owings, Md./Northern) ripped a double to the left center wall to bring in two runs for Georgetown in the top of the first inning.
Penn State looked to answer in the bottom of the first inning using a hit batter, a single through the right side and a walk to load the bases with one out but the GU infield connected for a double play to record the final two outs, keeping the Nittany Lions off the board.
Georgetown controlled the game until Penn State loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning and used a walk and a pass ball to knot the score at 2-2. With two outs on the board, Penn State's Shelby Miller drove a hit up the middle to plate two runs and give Penn State a 4-2 lead heading into the third inning.
The Nittany Lions cushioned their lead with five runs in the bottom of the third.
Unyielding, the Georgetown defense stopped Penn State's offensive outburst, limiting the Nittany Lions to only one hit for the remainder of the game.
Offensively, Georgetown looked to chip away at the Penn State lead in the top of the fifth, using hits from Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington), Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) and Bennett to bring in two runs. However, it would not be enough to take the lead, ending the game in a Penn State 9-4 victory.
Georgetown lost its second game against Pittsburgh, 21-6.
Overall, GU was led by Bennett as she collected two runs on four hits and Giovanniello added in two runs off two hits.
The Hoyas will take the field on Saturday morning when they face Pittsburgh at 9 a.m., before taking on Radford at 2 p.m.