In its own tournament at Guy Mason Field, Georgetown took two of three games this past weekend to improve to 9-21 overall.Sophomore Jennifer Connell used her rubber arm to pitch 17 out of a possible 21 innings for the Hoyas, and on Palm Sunday, the Roswell, Ga., native saved her best for last in an absolute gem against Holy Cross.

Connell kept the Crusader batters on their toes all day, tossing a three-hit shutout, and the Georgetown offense supplied enough bark to add to Connell’s bite. Sophomore first baseman Demetria Cipriano led off the game with a double, and after two wild pitches Cipriano tapped home to give Georgetown a 1-0 advantage. Sophomore designated hitter Olivia Newhouse drew a walk to start off the second, and the Hoyas manufactured another run when sophomore second baseman grounded out to second base to drive Newhouse in. In the third inning, sophomore shortstop Samantha Peters topped the Hoyas off with her third home run of the invitational, a solo shot with one out.

In the second game of the Saturday doubleheader, the Hoyas captured their first win of the two over the weekend in an impressive 7-3 offensive performance against Mount St. Mary’s. Peters was a force in the third spot of the lineup, going 2-4 with two home runs and four RBIs, and freshman pitcher Melissa Conners tallied her second victory of the season, allowing only two runs and five hits over four innings worked.

The Blue and Gray began their offensive onslaught in the top of the second when sophomore catcher Suria Bahadue blasted a solo home run over the centerfield fence. The Mountaineers countered in the bottom of the fourth to knot the score at one, but Cipriano delivered in the clutch again when the sophomore singled to drive in junior rightfielder Christine Gallinari. Peters would add a three-run home run later in the inning to put the Hoyas out of reach, 5-1. Junior leftfielder Katherine Incantalupo drove in a run in the top of the sixth, and Peters added her second home run of the game in the top of the seventh to seal the 7-3 victory for Georgetown.

In the team’s first game of the invitational, the Hoyas received another outstanding performance from sophomore workhorse Jennifer Connell. Connell took a two-hit shutout into the top of the seventh inning, but in the top of the seventh the Pirate offense came to life. After to back two back singles, Seton Hall catcher Kealan Waldron unleashed a three-run bomb over the centerfield wall to give the Pirates a 3-1 they would not relinquish. The Hoyas did not threaten in the bottom half of the inning, and Seton Hall took the victory.

Georgetown hits the field again on Wednesday when the team travels to Harrisonburg, Va., for a doubleheader with the James Madison Dukes. The games are at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

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