After losing three of its last four games, the Georgetown softball team defeated George Washington University 4-0 for a much needed victory.
Going into the second half of the season, Head Coach Pat Conlan said he felt optimistic the team would finally flip the script of their season and string together consistent wins.
Unfortunately for the Hoyas, this winning streak has eluded them.
In the second half of their season thus far, the team has lost by an average of five runs per game and has only two wins. Still, this week’s shutout win against GWU is a step in the right direction.
Wednesday’s game was a slow and relatively uneventful affair. Georgetown (9-25, 1-4 Big East) had three consecutive productive innings at the beginning of the game. By the sixth inning, however, the Hoyas reached a wall, ending the inning with no runs, hits or errors and two people left on base.
The Colonials (22-12, 2-4 Atlantic-10) struggled throughout the game. They ended the game with zero runs, five hits, two errors and eight people left on base. GWU stuggled to find its rhythm, failing to get a hit in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Georgetown managed four runs, eight hits, zero errors and 10 people left on base by the end of the game.
Sophomore first baseman Noelle Holiday led the Hoyas’ offense, going 3-4 with one RBI. Senior left fielder Theresa Kane went 1-2 with two walks and a single RBI. Freshman pitcher London Diller shined on the mound, pitching a complete game shutout. Diller gave up five hits, two walks and one hit batter, while striking out three.
Georgetown pulled out the win, but struggled to convert runners into runs. During the game the teams left people on base a combined 18 times with 10 of those coming courtesy of Georgetown.
Georgetown has struggled to drive runners in all season, a trend Conlan identified as one of her team’s weaknesses in previous interviews.
Going forward, Conlan said the team must stop leaving runners on base in order to perform well and put points on the board.
Despite this challenge, however, Georgetown dodged the consequences of wasted opportunities by converting with runners in scoring position.
Following a tough non-conference schedule, Georgetown is currently standing with an overall record of 9- 25 and a 2-3 record in the second half of their season. Still, the team could go on a run in its upcoming conference games. The Hoyas have 17 games left in their season — plenty of opportunities to string together a few wins.