March 22, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Five runs in the top of the third was too much for the Villanova softball team (8-14) to overcome as Georgetown (11-12) continued its offensive surge and knocked-off the Wildcats 9-1 (5) in game two of Saturday's doubleheader at the Villanova Softball Complex.
The Wildcats drop to 8-14 on the year and 0-2 in BIG EAST play, while the Hoyas improve to 11-12 and 2-0 in the conference.
After two scoreless innings to begin the game, Georgetown tagged pitcher Kate Poppe for five runs in the third behind four hits. Following a leadoff walk and single, Hannah Slovacek hit a sac fly to center field to drive in the first run. Pitcher Megan Hyson notched an RBI double to left center in the next at bat. Samantha Giovanniello and Alexandria Anttila then smacked back-to-back homeruns to chase Poppe off the mound. Jordan Prutzer would come in and get the next two batters out to escape the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Villanova would push its first run across the plate. With one out, Chase Snell reached on a fielding error by the first baseman. Following a fly out by Sierra McConnell, Lauren Herschberg missed a homerun by a couple of inches, bouncing the ball off the top of the left centerfield fence for a double to put runners on second and third. Stephanie Butler would drive in Snell when Slovacek booted a ball to her at second.
The Hoyas would score four unearned runs off Prutzer in the fifth to extend their lead to 9-1. After an error by Stephanie Butler put a runner on, Madeleine Giaquinto singled up the middle to drive in a run. Taylor Henry followed that up with an RBI single up the middle. Two more hits would push two runs across the board and set Georgetown up for the run-rule.
Megan Hyson closed the door for the Hoyas in the latter half and secured the win in five innings. The junior struck out 10 and moves to 7-6 on the year after allowing one run on three hits over five innings.
Poppe (5-8) collected her second loss of the day. She gave up five runs on five hits in 2.1 innings of work. Prutzer surrendered four runs, none earned on four hits in 2.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Butler, Herschberg and Shea Palmer each added a hit for Villanova over the course of the afternoon.
The Wildcats will wrap up their first conference series tomorrow against the Hoyas. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.
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