April 20, 2016
Despite connecting on 14 hits including a three-run home run from junior catcher Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr), the Georgetown University softball team fell to the George Washington Colonials, 13-11, on Wednesday evening at Guy Mason Field.
The Colonials wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard, as they opened the game with three consecutive singles. GW had six hits overall in the top of the first inning, scoring four times to take an early lead.
Senior shortstop Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) singled to drive in sophomore left fielder Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington), before scoring on a passed ball. GU stranded a pair of runners in scoring position, but closed the gap to 4-2 at the end of the first.
George Washington extended the lead to five in the top of the second on Paige Kovalsky's three-run home run. They added another in the top of the third on Riley Tejcek's solo homer over the fence in left centerfield, putting the Hoyas in an 8-2 hole.
Giovanniello drove in her second run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right field to start a five-run fourth inning. Sarah Bennett (Owings, Md./Northern) singled to center to drive in Kane, before Elvina belted a three-run home run to left field, helping GU close within one run, at 8-7.
The Colonials tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning, the second on a bases loaded hit by pitch, but Osterday worked out of a bases loaded jam to limit the damage, making the score 10-8.
After Kane singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning freshman centerfielder Mallory Belknap (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) tripled to right to drive in the Hoyas first run of the inning. Bennett singled to drive in a run, before Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) laced a base hit up the middle to drive in the game-tying run. GW stranded two GU runners in scoring position to end the sixth.
The tie was short-lived as the Colonials plated three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 13-10 lead.
With two runners on and one out, Giovanniello delivered an RBI ground out in the bottom of the frame to give the Hoyas back one run for a finale score of 13-11.
The Blue & Gray head out on the road this weekend as they visit Villanova for a three-game series at the Villanova Softball Complex.