March 24, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite jumping out to an early lead and scoring runs in four different innings Villanova (11-12, 0-3 BIG EAST) was defeated 8-5 by Georgetown (11-20, 3-0 BIG EAST) at Guy Mason Field on Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas completed a three-game sweep of the opening conference series for both teams.
The early lead for the Wildcats was a 2-0 advantage in the first inning but Georgetown got both runs back in their first turn at the plate, tying the score at 2-2 after one inning. The score was still tied in the bottom of the third inning when the Hoyas hit back-to-back home runs - including a three-run shot by Shikara Lowe followed by a solo shot from Alexandria Anttila - which gave them a 6-2 advantage.
Villanova chipped away at the deficit with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings but in the middle of that stretch Georgetown scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the game just out of reach.
Senior catcher Amanda Marquez (Miami, Fla.) hit her third home run of the season in the sixth inning and senior right fielder Julie Smith (Dana Point, Calif.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two runs batted in. Five different players scored a run and four players had at least one RBI for the Wildcats, who had seven hits for the game.
In the top of the first inning there were two outs and nobody on when sophomore designated hitter Beth Smetana (San Diego, Calif.) drew a walk to extend the inning. Senior first baseman Valerie Ortega (Ventura, Calif.) followed with a double down the left field line and Smith hit a two-run single to left field to give Villanova the quick two-run lead.
Smith doubled to lead off the top of the fourth inning and freshman left fielder Sierra McConnell (Katy, Texas) followed with an RBI single for the Wildcats third run of the game. In the top of the fifth inning junior shortstop Ali Lowe (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Smetana each reached on errors to start the inning and Ortega grounded into a fielder's choice which allowed Lowe to score.
The top four hitters in the Georgetown lineup combined to go 6-for-13 with seven runs scored and six runs batted in, including three RBI apiece for Lowe and Anttila.
On the mound freshman pitcher Kate Poppe (Downingtown, Pa.) started and took the loss for Villanova. She pitched four innings and allowed eight hits and eight runs (six earned) while walking three and striking out two. Sophomore Ali Angelbello (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and junior Kaity Sitzman (Tucson, Ariz.) each pitched a scoreless inning.
Lauren O'Leary picked up the win for the Hoyas, going five innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits while walking two. Wildcats batters struck out just one time in the game against O'Leary and reliever Megan Hyson.
Villanova returns home this week and will host a three game series against USF. The series begins with a single game on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and continues with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday.