March 17, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University softball team split a pair of games at the Lafayette Ford Lincoln of Fayetteville Showcase on Sunday to move to 5-16 on the year. The Hoyas knocked off St. Bonaventure in extra innings by a score of, 10-7, in the opener before falling to UMass-Lowell, 14-2.
Game 1: Georgetown 10, St. Bonaventure 7 Anna Brooks Pacha (Houston, Texas/St. John's School) started in the circle for the Hoyas and went 5.2 innings, giving up six runs on six hits while striking out eleven. Katie Vannicola (Vienna, Va./James Madison) picked up her second win of the season in relief by pitching the final 2.1 innings and surrendering one run on one hit.
After St. Bonaventure scored two runs in the bottom of the first, the Hoyas would get on the scoreboard in the second inning. Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) doubled to lead off the inning and would advance to third on Hannah Ramsey's (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) groundout. Sera Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Marion) picked up her first RBI of the game with a single.
The Blue & Gray would then tie the game at 2-2 on the fourth inning. Elvina led off with a single into left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ramsey. Stevens then came up and delivered an RBI single up the middle to score Elvina.
The fifth inning proved to be a big inning for GU, as they exploded for four runs. Mallory Belknap (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) led off the inning with a single and scored on Theresa Kane's (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) triple. Sarah Bennett (Owings, Md./Northern) then delivered an RBI single into left field to score Kane. The scoring was capped off when Gabriela Elvina launched her second home run of the season to score pinch runner Casey Kozak (Marlton, N.J./Bishop Eustace).
Georgetown picked up another run in the sixth inning. Belknap reached on an error to start the inning and moved to third on Kane's double to right field. Noelle Holiday (Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian Academy) picked up an RBI with a base hit up the middle to score Belknap. St. Bonaventure would tie the game up in the bottom of the inning with five runs to push the score to, 7-7.
In extra innings, the Hoyas pushed across three big runs. Kane was placed on second to begin the inning and scored on Bennett's leadoff single up the middle, Bennett was then replaced by pinch runner Olivia Russ (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View). Holiday walked and was replaced by Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King). Ramsey grounded out to move the runners up, and a throwing error would score Russ from third. The final run of the inning came off the bat of Stevens, who doubled to right field which scored Gargicevich-Almeida.
Game 2: UMass-Lowell 14, Georgetown 2 Vannicola started on the rubber for Georgetown. She went four innings and allowed 10 runs on 14 hits. Kozak came on in relief to pitch the final inning and gave up four runs on four hits.
UMass-Lowell would earn an early lead scoring four runs in each of the first two innings.
The Hoyas would get their runs in the second inning. The inning started when Elvina led off with a single up the middle. Ramsey the came up and launched her second home run of the season to move the score to 8-2.
The game was ended after UMass went on to score two more runs in the fourth inning and four in the fifth inning to force the run-rule. Ramsey ended the game with a pair of hits and Belknap joined the multi-hit club with two hits as well.
Georgetown returns to the field on Saturday, March 17 for a doubleheader against UNC-Wilmington at 10 a.m. and against St. Bonaventure at 3 p.m. For live stats and a livestream of the UNCW game visit www.GUHoyas.com.