Feb. 20, 2016
The Georgetown University softball team (1-6) dropped a pair of games on the second day of the Dolphin Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday. The Hoyas fell to Pittsburgh, 14-3, in the morning followed by a 10-6 loss to Radford in the afternoon.
Pittsburgh 14, Georgetown 3
Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) represented the Hoyas on the mound, pitching for four innings against the Panthers. The senior faced 34 batters, allowing only eight hits.
Pittsburgh opened strong and controlled the game as the Panthers recorded 14 runs in the first three innings, keeping the Hoyas off the board until the fourth inning.
In the top of the fourth, Giovanniello slammed her fourth home run of the season to center field, bringing in two runs for the Blue & Gray.
Georgetown dished out one more run on two hits in the top of the fifth, but the victory would stay with Pittsburgh at 14-3.
Game 2: Radford 10, Georgetown 6|
Radford opened the gamed with two runs in the top of the first, but the inning would be dominated by Georgetown as the Hoyas registered five runs, their most in an opening inning this season.
The early run was ignited by three hits and two Radford errors, highlighted by a double from Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) to right center and singles from Grace Appelbe (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra) and Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline).
Leading 5-2, the Hoyas kept the Highlanders off the board until the third inning, when a Radford triple cut the GU lead by one.
Georgetown took back a three-run lead in the bottom of the inning as Henry busted out a sacrifice fly to right field to run in Elvina at third.
Despite GU controlling the pace of first four innings, a triple from Radford's Marissa Gagliano set off a Highlander offensive outburst for seven runs off of six hits over the remaining three innings. With Georgetown only able to find one more hit for the rest of the game, Radford's late rally would take the win at 10-6.
In the circle, Delaney Osterday (Oconomowoc, Wis./Oconomowoc) faced 40 batters over seven innings, registering two strike outs.
The Hoyas will conclude the Dolphin Invitational with a game against host Jacksonville, Sunday at 2 p.m.