Softball swept by SJU and Towson

April 9, 2015

The Georgetown softball team (12-22, 2-5 Big East) lost three away games to St. John’s University (14-13, 6-0 Big East) over the weekend, losing 12-2, 6-0, and 7-5. The Red Storm beat senior Georgetown pitcher Megan Hyson in two of the three, dropping her to 9-9 on the season.

St. John’s took an early lead in the first game, scoring six runs off three hits and knocking Hyson out after just a third of an inning. The Red Storm scored another four in the bottom of the second off Lauren O’Leary, going up 10-0. Georgetown added two more runs in the fifth inning, but it was too little too late; the game was called due to mercy rule.

St. John’s equally dominated the second game of the weekend, the night half of Friday’s doubleheader, scoring six runs on six hits off Hyson.

The third game, played on Saturday, featured a much more even contest. The Hoyas gained their first lead of the weekend off a bases-loaded double by Grace Appelbe in the first, which put the Blue and Gray up 3-0.

Down 4-0 in the fifth, however, St. John’s was able to respond with five off Hyson, bringing the score up to 5-4. But the Red Storm’s lead was short-lived; a throwing error by the St. John’s third baseman allowed Georgetown to score, tying things up at 5-5.

The game remained tied for two innings, going into extras, until St. John’s catcher Erin Burner hit a two-run homer in the seventh to win walk-off style, defeating the Hoyas 7-5.

The triple-header against St. John’s was a particular disappointment for Hyson, who entered the weekend with a Big East best of 113 strikeouts and a 2.30 ERA, good for fifth in the league. She now stands at sixth in the Big East with a 3.05 ERA.

The Hoyas then faced Towson (19-16, 2-7 CAA) in a double-header, where they were swept in both games, 8-0 and 5-4. The first game was called due to run differential and the second game was ended early in the fifth inning due to darkness. 

Up next for the Hoyas is a three-game series with Big East rival DePaul (13-17, 5-0 Big East), starting this Saturday. First pitch for the Saturday doubleheader is set for noon. The Blue Demons are undefeated in league play so far this season.

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