Mixed results for softball in Fla.

March 5, 2015

Georgetown Softball (6 – 5, 0 – 0 Big East) took one out of three in the Citrus Classic in an odd weekend that saw half of its games canceled. Playing in rainy weather throughout the weekend, the Hoyas’ games against Fordham and Mississippi State were both canceled, and their Saturday game against Indiana was rescheduled for Monday.

The Blue and Grey opened their weekend with a tough doubleheader loss against Nebraska-Omaha and Notre Dame, losing 7-4 and 12-3 respectively. The opening loss versus the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks was the first ever contest between the two teams. It was a quieter and more pleasant affair than the following game, which saw the worsening weather truncate the game to 5 painful innings for the Hoyas.

The Fighting Irish put up a 5-run 3rd inning and a 4-run 5th to put twelve total on the board. The Hoyas were able to respond thanks to Sophomore Catcher Gabriela Elvina, who had 2 RBIs and a run in the 5th inning, but it was too little, too late, and Georgetown fell by 9. The Fighting Irish are currently ranked 23rd in the country.

Following the next day’s rainouts, the Indiana game was postponed until Monday, which saw much better success for the Hoyas.

Georgetown was able to successfully string together singles and doubles for runs in the 1st inning to jump out to a quick 3 – 0 lead. The Hoyas continued to show a more impressive form compared to their play earlier in the weekend when they added another run in the top of the 2nd. While the Hoosiers managed to respond with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, the Blue and Grey continued their strong hitting and added runs in the 4th and 5th innings.  Georgetown was backed by the steady arm of senior pitcher Megan Hyson, now 5 and 1 on the season. Hyson pitched a full game and struck out eight batters.

The Hoyas will be returning to Florida this week for the Under Armour Showcase in Tampa, where they’ll play seven games. This weekend’s canceled games marked the 7th and 8th canceled games for the Hoyas, who had their entire 5-game trip to Greensboro, North Carolina, canceled due to a winter storm expected to make landfall. The upcoming trip to Orlando does not feature any ranked teams.

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