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Strong Pitching Bails Out Slow Hoya Offense in Win Against GWU

Even though it was not on their home field, the District was a comforting place for the Georgetown women’s softball team (16-25, 5-9 Big East) on Tuesday evening.

After playing five games on the road in Indiana and Notre Dame, Georgetown returned to Washington on Tuesday and was able to snap a five-game losing streak with a win at the George Washington University.

Even though Georgetown’s offense still has not scored more than two runs in 11 consecutive games, the Hoyas have managed to win two of those games as a result of solid pitching.

Tuesday’s win epitomized their style of softball.

The Hoyas received an outstanding pitching performance from senior right-handed pitcher Jennifer Connell, who shut out the Colonials. The shutout was Connell’s team-leading third of the year. The right-hander is second on the team with a strong 3.24 earned run average and leads the Hoyas with a 7-9 record.

Head Coach Pat Conlan was very happy with her ace’s performance.

“Jen had a great outing against GWU. She was in control most of the game, and they never really threatened,” Conlan said. “She hit her spots and made the ball move and our defense took care of the rest. She received just enough offense to get a win.”

On Tuesday, though, the Hoyas did not wait to give Connell run support, striking the decisive blows early in the game. Senior shortstop Samantha Peters and sophomore first baseman Cara Savarese continued their hot hitting from the series against Seton Hall.

“Sam and Cara are great hitters. Sam has somewhere in the range of 25 career home runs, so it doesn’t surprise me when a ball goes over the fence. She has been able to hit for both power and average,” Conlan said.

Savarese started Georgetown’s scoring in the top of the second inning when she drove home junior infielder Kristi Preuss with a double.

“I am really happy with how Cara is coming along,” Conlan said. “She has been taking some great cuts the last few weeks and the hits are starting to fall.”

Preuss recorded Georgetown’s first hit of the afternoon at the beginning of the inning. She would finish with an impressive day of hitting, going 2-for-3, including two singles and a run.

The Hoya bats would once again heat up in the third inning. Peters launched a solo home run to left center for the second straight game, putting Georgetown up 2-0. The homer now gives her a team high five on the season. After Peters’ home run, both sides’ bats went almost completely quiet for the rest of the game. After the third inning, each team would manage only one single. For the game, the Hoyas were able to compile four hits – the two singles by Preuss, the double by Savarese, and Peters’ homer.

The lack of production for George Washington resulted from the pitching of Connell. Connell struck out two, scattering two hits in seven innings.

Georgetown’s matchup with James Madison on Wednesday was cancelled due to rain, as the Hoyas prepare for their upcoming Big East sets, which will determine Georgetown’s standing in the conference.

“We are very much in the Big East Tournament mix right now. We have eight conference games left and there [are] plenty of opportunities to win games and climb in the standings,” Conlan said.

The Hoyas will visit Longwood in Virginia on Sunday and will finally return to action on their home field next Wednesday against Rutgers.

“Right now my first concern is Longwood on Sunday and getting some momentum as we approach our Rutgers doubleheader on Wednesday,” Conlan said.

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