March 5, 2016
Tallying six singles, a double and five RBI, the Georgetown University softball team blanked Robert Morris, 6-0, on the second day of the District Invite at the Nationals Youth Academy on Saturday afternoon. The win gives the Hoyas a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Colonials and their first two-game winning streak since March of 2015, when the Hoyas defeated Princeton and Villanova in consecutive games.
"One of the things we really wanted to focus on was the consistency of our play," Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan said. "I thought between yesterday and today, we strung together some games where we made good contact, played good defense and had some solid pitching outings. That's all we need to do and we're going to be competitive in every game we play."
Georgetown jumped on Robert Morris early with four runs in the first inning on one hit.
During the frame, sophomore Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) walked to first and stole second. Freshman Mallory Belknap (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) followed up with a single for her 10th collegiate hit. Kane and Belknap both advanced on an errant Robert Morris throw. Third to bat, senior Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) reached on a fielder's choice while Kane beat Robert Morris's toss home to score the first run. Capitalizing off a wild pitch, Belknap scored the second run while a ground out to second base from junior Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) gave Giovanniello just enough time to find home for GU's third run of the inning. Taking advantage of an error from Robert Morris' Stacey Capp, senior Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep), who reached on a walk, sprinted from first to home to score GU's fourth run.
Georgetown added a run in the second as Kane capitalized off of a Colonial error to reach base. Quick on her feet, the left fielder stole second while two sacrifice hits from Belknap and Giovanniello drove Kane home.
In the fifth inning, Giovanniello led off with a single straight up the middle. The senior was driven home by a single from Appelbe, giving the Blue & Gray a 6-0 advantage.
The Colonials would deliver six hits across seven innings, but an error-free Hoya defense kept Robert Morris from extending base hits into runs. The GU victory would be Georgetown's first time holding an opponent to zero runs this season.
Giovanniello started in the circle and tossed a seven-inning shutout, while recording three strikeouts and only walking one of 28 batters faced.
Georgetown concludes the District Invite with a single game against Columbia on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.