Feb. 25, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University softball team split a pair of games on Friday to move to 1-10 on the year. Both games turned out to be nail biters as GU defeated host Eastern Michigan 9-8 in the opener before falling to Loyola Chicago by a score of 6-5. These were the first of five games the Hoyas will play as part of the East Madeira Invite.
Game 1: Georgetown 9, Eastern Michigan 8
Anna Brooks Pacha (Houston, Texas/St. John's School) was on the rubber for Georgetown. She went four innings and allowed six runs on eight hits while striking out two. Katie Vannicola (Vienna, Va./James Madison) came on in relief to pitch the final three innings and gave up two runs on three hits and struck out three.
The Blue & Gray would push six runs across in the first inning. The inning was kick-started with three straight hits. Mallory Belknap (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) led off the game with a single, followed by hits by Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) and Sarah Bennett (Owings, Md./Northern) to load the bases. The first run was picked up when Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) walked and then Hannah Ramsey (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Kane and make it 2-0. Sera Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Marian) was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Kelly Amen (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) worked a full count and then launched a grand slam for her first home run of the season to make it 6-0.
GU got it moving again in the top of the second. Bennett worked a two-out walk and Noelle Holliday (Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian Academy) singled up the middle. Both runners moved up due to a defensive throwing error, leaving runners on second and third. Elvina picked up her second RBI of the day with a single into left field to score Bennett.
Georgetown would plate two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Ramsey got it going with a base hit into left field and moved to third when Stevens doubled. Amen picked up her fifth RBI of the game on the next play with a sacrifice fly to right field. Olivia Russ (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View) was then was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corner with two outs. Belknap fired her third hit of the game with an RBI single into left field to score Stevens and put the Hoyas in front, 9-4.
Eastern Michigan pulled the game to 9-8 after plating two runs in fifth and two in seventh, but Vannicola held on to pick up her first save of the season.
Game 2: Loyola-Chicago 6, Georgetown 5
Vannicola started in the circle for the Hoyas. She went 4.1 innings and gave up five runs on ten hits and struck out five. Pacha came on in relief to pitch the final 2.2 innings and gave up one run but did not allow a hit.
After Loyola took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Georgetown fired back with a run of their own. Belknap walked to start the inning and went to third after a sacrifice bunt and a groundout. Holiday then hit a two-out single to score Belknap.
In the top of the second inning Loyola scored four more runs to take a 5-1 lead. However, in the bottom of the inning Alexa Dolby started things with a base hit. The bases were loaded after Stevens reached on an error and Amen reached on a fielder's choice. GU picked up its first run of the inning when Delaney Darden reached on a fielder's choice to score Dolby. Belknap then picked up an RBI with a single to score Stevens and pull the score to 5-3.
With Loyola leading 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh after plating a run in the top half, the Hoyas would push two more runs across. Kane would reach on an error and then after a lineout, Holiday smashed a two-run home run to close the deficit to one run. However, the game was ended with a groundout on the next play.
Georgetown returns to the field Saturday with a doubleheader against Manhattan and Army West Point. Game one against Manhattan will begin at 11 a.m. For live stats visit www.GUHoyas.com.