March 24, 2018
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University softball team slipped to Providence on Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader to open up BIG EAST Conference play. The Hoyas dropped a 4-1 decision in game one against the Friars and then were edged in game two, 2-1. With the losses, GU holds a 7-22, 0-2 in the BIG EAST mark on the season, while PC improves to 5-16, 2-0 in the league.
The Blue & Gray entered the scoring column early in game one against the Friars when sophomore Noelle Holiday (Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian Academy) singled to center field. Holiday's hit allowed senior Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) to score, giving the Hoyas the lead right away, 1-0.
Providence tied the game up in the third inning off of a home run, making the score 1-1, which remained the score until the fifth inning when the Friars scored three more runs. The Friars found opportunities to score off of a two-RBI double to center field, and shortly after, a single to left field to collect another RBI, making the final score 4-1.
Sophomore Anna Brooks Pacha (Houston, Texas/St. John's School) took the nod in the circle for the Hoyas, going 4.1 innings, giving up three hits, four runs and striking out three. Sophomore Katie Vannicola (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) relieved Pacha for the final 1.2 innings of the game, giving up one hit and striking out two. GU had four hits against the Friars.
In game two of the day, neither of the teams could find opportunities to score until the last two innings when Providence scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Georgetown attempted to come back in the top of the seventh, but only responded with one run. The Hoyas scored when freshman Savannah Jones (San Rafael, Calif./Terra Linda High School) landed a double, scoring freshman Deirdre Gallo (Worcester, Mass./St. Peter Marian), making the final score 2-1.
Freshman London Diller (Abilene, Texas/George Ranch High School) pitched a complete game for GU, giving up four hits, two runs and striking out one. The Blue & Gray had four hits against PC and Holiday led Georgetown at the plate with two hits in the second game.
Georgetown will close out the BIG EAST opening series on Sunday to take on Providence at noon. Live stats and video will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.