March 13, 2016
The Georgetown University softball team (5-15) fell to No. 9 James Madison and No. 21 ASU on the second day of the Louisville Slugger Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Tempe, Arizona.
No. 9 James Madison 2, Georgetown 1
Georgetown saw a strong showing from Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) who pitched a complete game against No. 9 James Madison. The senior limited the Dukes to only four hits and two runs as she struck out six in 33 batters faced.
The Dukes were on the board early as a Taylor Newton double brought in Erica Field to make it 1-0 in favor of James Madison in the top of the first inning.
The Hoyas kept James Madison scoreless through the next three innings, but a GU fielding error in the top of the fifth inning allowed the Dukes to break through for one more run.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Mallory Belknap (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) hit a single down the middle to drive in pinch-runner Delaney Osterday (Oconomowoc,Wis./Oconomowoc). The run cut James Madison's lead to one, but it would not be enough to push the Hoyas past the Dukes, resulting in 2-1 JMU victory.
No. 21 Arizona 8, Georgetown 3
Facing the No. 21 Sun Devils for a second time this weekend, the Hoyas worked to contain ASU offensive momentum.
ASU opened with a five runs in the first two innings. Georgetown responded with a run off of two hits in the bottom of the top of the third.
Four hits from the Hoyas, including a double from Giovanniello in the top of the fifth added two more runs for the Blue & Gray but it would not enough to overcome the Sun Devils, who took the game, 8-3.
Georgetown will conclude the weekend with a matchup against Nebraska on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.