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Losses Pile Up as Georgetown Offense Continues to Sputter

April is known for rain, and it has been that kind of dreary month for Georgetown women’s softball (15-25, 6-8 Big East). Since April 3, the Hoyas have lost nine of their last ten games including their last five.

Since that date, the Hoyas have also been unable to score more than two runs in any game, and the pitchers have had to step up just to keep the contests close. The only consolation for the Hoyas is that they have faced some very strong Big East opponents in this recent stretch, including nationally-ranked Notre Dame.

The team’s offensive woes continued when the Hoyas traveled to New Jersey to face Seton Hall (15-23, 5-9 Big East) last weekend. The Blue and Gray were able to keep the games within reach because of stellar pitching, but the offense could not produce runs.

In a double-header on Saturday, Georgetown lost both games by scores of 3-0 and 4-2 respectively,. The Hoyas then dropped the series finale 3-2 on Sunday. The three game sweep was the first Big East sweep that Georgetown has suffered all year.

In the first game on Saturday, Georgetown’s lack of offense was evident as the Hoyas managed just three hits in the game. In the first inning, they posed their most serious threat of the game when senior second baseman Kelsie Hanson singled with one out before two straight walks loaded the bases. The Hoyas, however, could not convert, grounding out twice to end the inning.

Georgetown once again got runners in scoring position in the sixth inning. With two outs junior infielder Kristi Preuss and senior third baseman Demetria Cipriano hit back-to-back singles, advancing to second and third before another groundout ended the rally.

As far as bright spots go, sophomore right-handed pitcher Mackensey Carter had another strong pitching performance. She allowed three runs – two earns – and struck out four batters.

Georgetown found itself in a quick hole in the second game. Back-to-back doubles in the first inning and a three-run home run in the second inning gave Seton Hall a 4-0 lead.

But the Hoyas challenged the Pirates in the fourth inning with a small rally that cut the lead in half. After a single by Preuss and a walk by Cipriano, sophomore Cara Savarese plated both of her teammates with a solid double to left center, making it 4-2.

Although they threatened again in the fifth, the Hoyas could not capitalize on the opportunity as the Hoyas stranded senior shortstop Samantha Peters on third base after advancing her there on a sacrifice bunt.

Right-handed pitcher Jennifer Connell had a decent outing, going six innings and surrendering four runs in the loss.

Peters continued her success at the plate in the third game, launching a leadoff homerun. The homer was Peters’ team-leading fourth on the season.

Carter started for the Hoyas and shutout the Pirates for the first three innings, but they were finally broke through and were able to tie the game in the fourth.

Georgetown quickly responded to Seton Hall’s bottom of the fourth with some hitting of its own, and Peters came through once again. A single by freshman catcher Shikara Lowe and a walk by Savarese put two runners on base for Peters, who ripped an RBI single.

But Georgetown’s lead would not last for long. In the bottom half of the inning, a double by Seton Hall’s Kristen Kaelin gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish.

Carter finished with a respectable outing, going six innings and giving up three runs on seven hits.

The Hoyas return to the District this week, visiting George Washington today at 4 p.m. and hosting James Madison on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m before beginning a four-day break.

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