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Junior catcher Sarah Bennett, right, leads the team with six home runs to go along with 20 runs batted in. Bennett is batting .277 with a .368 on-base percentage on the season.

Last weekend the Georgetown women’s softball team traveled to Chicago for a three-game series against DePaul, in which the Hoyas won two out of three games. Georgetown then traveled to Fairfax, Va., and suffered a narrow loss to George Mason on Wednesday.

On Saturday, the Hoyas (11-27, 3-5 Big East) won the opener over the Blue Demons (24-13, 7-2 Big East) with a score of 8-6. Sophomore pitcher Anna Brooks Pacha pitched a complete game. On offense, Georgetown was powered by sophomore Noelle Holiday, who hit two home runs, including a go-ahead home run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Hoyas the lead.

Georgetown struggled offensively for the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and was shut out for the ninth time this season, leading to a 2-0 loss. Freshman pitcher London Diller took the mound and gave up just two earned runs in a complete game. However, the Hoyas struggled offensively, managing just four hits in the defeat.

On Sunday, Georgetown closed the three-game series with a 5-4 win in extra innings. Once again, Brooks Pacha took the mound, pitching another complete game and earning another win. The traditional seven innings were not enough to decide the game, but in the eighth inning, junior catcher Sarah Bennett hit the go-ahead home run, giving the Hoyas a 5-4 lead that they did not relent.

Following two days off, the Hoyas were back in action, traveling to Fairfax, Va., to play George Mason (12-23, 2-7 Atlantic 10). The game once again went to extra innings, with the Hoyas losing 4-3. Diller took the mound again and gave up one run in four innings before being replaced by sophomore pitcher Katie Vannicola, who pitched the rest of the game.

Offensively, Bennett hit a home run for the second consecutive game, while Holiday drove in the other two runs. The Hoyas were up 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but Vannicola was unable to close it out, giving up a home run to send the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth, Vannicola gave up another run, giving George Mason a walk-off win.

The Hoyas are back in action Saturday, hosting Butler in a three-game series at Nats Academy.

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