March 6, 2016
The Georgetown University softball team concluded the 2016 District Invite with a 16-1, five-inning win over Columbia University on Sunday at the Nationals Youth Academy. Seven GU players had at least two hits on the day, while five Hoyas scored multiple runs and five recorded multi-RBI game.
Georgetown (5-11) jumped out to a 13-0 lead with 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning, adding one more in the second before Columbia got on the board in its second-to-last at-bat in the top of the fourth.
Freshman Sarah Bennett (Owings, Md./Northern) opened the scoring with a double down the left line to drive in two runs. The blast started the explosive frame for Georgetown. GU went through its lineup twice, hitting 10 singles from Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr), Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King), Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline), Kelly Amen (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington), Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) and Bennett. The Blue & Gray ultimately sent 18 batters to the plate during the inning, leaving two batters on base before a flyout to right field ended the inning.
Giovanniello continued the Hoyas momentum in the bottom of the second as she doubled to center field. The senior was later driven in by a single to centerfield from Delaney Osterday (Oconomowoc, Wis./Oconomowoc), extending Georgetown's lead to 14-0.
Unrelenting, the Hoyas kept Columbia scoreless through the first three innings as they retired the Lions in order in the top of the second and third stanzas. However, two singles and a walk helped Columbia load the bases and drive in a run in the top of the fourth.
Holding a 14-1 advantage, Georgetown propelled its lead with two runs off of four hits in the bottom of the fourth. Giovanniello started the inning with a double to right field and was advanced to third on a single from Osterday. Staying ahead of the Columbia defense, Giovanniello scored on a passed ball. A fourth single from Elvina drove in Osterday for the final run of the game.
With Georgetown leading, 16-1, the Hoyas solidified their victory with GU's fourth double play of the season to end the game in five innings.
In the circle, Giovanniello pitched the entire five innings for the Hoyas, while Columbia split the rubber among three pitchers. Giovanniello recorded a game-best three strikeouts, allowing only four hits while giving up only a single walk in 20 batters faced.
Georgetown's game-winning 16 runs are the most in a Hoya victory since 2010 when the Blue & Gray defeated Rhode Island, 18-5. The victory also gives Georgetown its first-three game winning streak since 2014 when the Hoyas swept their final BIG EAST series of the season against Seton Hall.
The Hoyas will look to continue their success in trip to Tempe, Ariz. for Arizona State's Louisville Slugger Invitational, March 11-13. In the tournament, the Blue & Gray will match up against Ohio State, James Madison, Nebraska and host Arizona State.