Decisive First Inning Fells Wildcats in 2-1 Loss at Georgetown
March 23, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The second game of Saturday afternoon's doubleheader was scripted similarly to the first and in the end Villanova (11-11, 0-2 BIG EAST) was defeated by Georgetown (10-20, 2-0 BIG EAST) by a final score of 2-1 at Guy Mason Field. The Hoyas earlier won the opening game of the day by a 2-0 score.
A two-out, two-run single by Hannah Slovacek in the bottom of the first inning drove in the only runs that Georgetown would need to complete the sweep. In the top of the second inning the Wildcats answered back with a run of their own to get within 2-1 but niether team got on the board again during a chilly and windy afternoon which stifled offensive production.
Villanova went down in order in the top of the first inning but put runners on base in every inning thereafter, including loading the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh inning before the Hoyas closed out the game. Senior right fielder Julie Smith (Dana Point, Calif.) and sophomore third baseman Briana Fujii (San Jose, Calif.) were the only two Wildcats to reach base safely twice in the game. Smith doubled home a run in the top of the second inning and also drew a walk, while Fujii went 1-for-2 in the game and was hit by a pitch.
Smith drew a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh inning and sophomore center fielder Elise Samoy Alvarado (Tucson, Ariz.) singled to give Villanova a strong scoring threat. At that point Hoyas starting pitcher Megan Hyson (4-9, 3.99 ERA) was replaced by Lauren O'Leary, who had pitched a five-hit shutout in the opening game of the doubleheader.
O'Leary quickly used a strikeout and a fly out to put the Wildcats down to their last out, but junior shortstop Ali Lowe (West Palm Beach, Fla.) reached on an error to extend the game and load the bases. Sophomore pinch hitter Beth Smetana (San Diego, Calif.) was the last chance for Villanova but her line drive to right field was caught for the final out of the game.
Junior pitcher Kaity Sitzman (Tucson, Ariz.) started the game for the Wildcats and allowed the two-run single to Slovacek in the bottom of the first inning. After Hyston doubled to lead off the home half of the second inning Sitzman (0-4, 3.36 ERA) was replaced by freshman Kate Poppe (Downingtown, Pa.), who went the rest of the way and pitched five scoreless innings while striking out six, walking three and allowing just two hits.
In the top of the second inning freshman first baseman Valerie Ortega (Ventura, Calif.) singled to lead off the frame and was still at first base with two outs when Smith drove a ball to the gap in left-center field to score Ortega with what proved to be the only Villanova run.
The series concludes on Sunday afternoon with a single game between the teams starting at Noon.