Rain kept the Georgetown softball team (7-25, 1-1 Big East) from playing local rival George Mason (10-12, 1-2 CAA) on Wednesday, but the Hoyas had already been through a storm the day before in a 9-4 loss to Towson (12-15).

The visiting Blue and Gray bats came out slowly in the top of the first, going three-up, three-down. Junior right-handed pitcher Mackensey Carter started in the circle for Georgetown in the bottom half of the inning, and the Tigers scored three runs on one hit and an error. Carter, the Hoyas’ star player this season, walked three batters and threw two wild pitches in the frame.

“She didn’t have the greatest start,” Head Coach Pat Conlan said.

“I did not have my stuff,” Carter added. “I walked way too many people.”

After being held hitless through a scoreless first three innings, the Hoyas came to life offensively in the fourth. After a groundout by Carter, freshman shortstop Alexandria Anttila singled and advanced to second on an error. She scored on the next play when sophomore catcher Shikara Lowe singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw.

But any chance the Hoyas had of sparking a comeback was snuffed out over the next three innings as they allowed two runs in each frame. Senior left-handed pitcher Melissa Conners, who took over for Carter after the first inning, gave up two hits and two runs in the fourth before the Blue and Gray responded with one run of their own in the top of the fifth.

The bottom of the fifth was a mirror image of the fourth, though, as Conners again yielded two runs on two hits. In the sixth the Tigers victimized freshman pitchers Hannah Slovacek and Blair Sirockman, running the score to 9-2.

“We just gave the game away. … I though that we were in the game throughout it,” Conlan said. “But those last few innings, we just gave them a lot of runs that I don’t think they deserved.”

Georgetown scored two runs off hits by senior infielder Kristi Preuss and freshman outfielder Elyse Graziano in the seventh, but it was too little, too late for the Hoyas to nab their eighth win of the season.

“I just don’t think that we [brought our] A-game. I don’t think we brought a game to play,” Conlan said.

“I don’t know if we were ready to play when we got there,” Carter said.

The Hoyas travel to Philadelphia this weekend for their second Big East series against Villanova. The first game of the series is set to start tomorrow at noon.

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