April 18, 2018
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University softball team got a big win against Virginia on Wednesday evening at Nationals Youth Academy. GU shut down the Cavaliers 15-7 in only five innings with a trio of Hoyas recording three hits apiece. With the win, the Blue & Gray improves to 13-30 on the season, while Virginia falls to 12-32.
Georgetown was led offensively by senior Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington), sophomore Kelly Amen (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) and freshman Savannah Jones (San Rafael, Calif./Terra Linda), who each had three hits. Kane landed two doubles, while junior Sarah Bennett (Owings, Md./Northern) and Jones each recorded one apiece, marking Jones' 13th double of the season. Sophomore Ciara Sullivan (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) hit a grand slam in the third inning, her second homer of the season. The Hoyas outhit the Cavaliers 15-6.
In the circle, sophomore Anna Brooks Pacha (Houston, Texas/St. John's School) pitched the first 2.1 innings, giving up two hits and three runs while walking two and striking out four. Freshman Isabelle Ortiz (Bonita, Calif./Bonita. Vista) relieved Pacha for 0.2 innings, allowing four hits and four runs until freshman London Diller took the win for Georgetown. On the mound, Diller went 2.0 innings and struck out four batters.
In GU's short five-inning game, the squad scored in every inning but the fourth. Bennett started things off for Georgetown offensively with a double to right field, scoring Kane.
In the bottom of the second, junior Mallory Belknap (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) singled to center field, allowing freshman NeNe Campos (Nogales, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro) to make the score 2-0. At Bennett's second trip to the plate, the junior reached first on an error and collected two RBIs, making the score 4-0.
Virginia took the lead in the top of the third inning, 5-4, but Sullivan's grand slam as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third put the Hoyas back on top, 8-5.
As the Cavaliers cut the score to just one in the top of the fourth, 8-7, Georgetown responded in the bottom of the fifth with a rally at bat. Sophomore Noelle Holiday (Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian Academy) started it off with a single to left field and collected an RBI. Amen was next at the plate, recording a single to center field and collecting a pair of RBIs for the Hoyas, making the score 11-7. Next up was Campos, who landed a single and collected two more RBIs. The game-sealing play was made by Kane with a double to left field, adding two more runs to the board, making the final score 15-7.
The Blue & Gray will hit the road to take on Villanova in a three-game BIG EAST series this weekend. Georgetown will take the field on Saturday for a noon doubleheader and then conclude the series on Sunday for a single game, also set for noon. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.