The Hoyas’ latest performance has certainly added to the frustration that has characterized their season thus far.

Playing in their first home series of the season, Georgetown was thoroughly outmatched by Big East foe Seton Hall, falling in both contests 11-2 and 3-0, respectively. With these two latest defeats, the Hoyas have fallen to 0-6 in conference play (5-20 overall) and have extended their losing streak to seven games.

In anticipation of the season’s first game at Guy Mason Field, Head Coach Pat Conlan wrote in an e-mail, “The team and I are excited for the home opener especially because it is a conference game.”

Perhaps the Hoyas were a little overexcited to don the home jerseys. In the first game the Hoyas were doomed by fielding miscues, as a combined five errors were responsible for five added runs.

After a quiet first inning, Seton Hall capitalized on two Georgetown fielding gaffes to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. The Hoyas were essentially never able to recover from the Pirates’ first punch, as a solo home run in the fourth by senior first baseman Shannon Pease extended the Seton Hall lead to 4-0. In the following inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, a fly ball in center field was dropped causing three runs to score, giving Seton Hall a 7-0 edge.

Offensively, Georgetown was anchored by junior third baseman Demetria Cipriano, who went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple, the only RBIs of the game for the Blue and Gray. Junior pitcher Jennifer Connell was given the loss, allowing four runs – two earned – over three innings pitched.

Though the second game was more of a contest than the previous match, Seton Hall junior pitcher Ashley Forsyth out-dueled freshman Mackensey Carter for a 3-0 Pirate victory. Forsyth’s stellar pitching stymied the Hoya offense, as she carried a perfect game well into the sixth inning. It wasn’t until junior second baseman Kelsie Hanson responded with a two-out single to left in the bottom of the sixth that Forsyth’s campaign for perfection was dissolved.

The Hoyas managed only two hits all day, the other coming from Long Island native Cara Savarese to lead off the bottom of the seventh. The freshman first baseman’s efforts were unable to start a rally, however, as Forsyth retired the next two batters en route to a shutout.

Carter took the loss despite a solid pitching performance, allowing three runs, only one earned, on five hits and five strikeouts over 7.0 innings pitched.

Though Georgetown has struggled thus far, young talent has given Hoya fans tremendous excitement for the years to come. Carter has emerged as a reliable and extremely durable pitcher, boasting an earned run average of only 2.59 while going the distance in seven out of 12 starts. Offensively, Carter is leading the team in both batting average (.367) and RBIs (10). Savarese, also a freshman, has started every single game at first base, demonstrating her excellent fielding capabilities as well as her talents at the plate.

The Hoyas’ doubleheader with Northwestern on Thursday was canceled due to inclement weather. Next up for Georgetown is Notre Dame for a doubleheader on Saturday at Guy Mason Field. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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