The Georgetown softball team lost four games in a row after winning its first contest last weekend at the Grand Canyon University Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz.

Georgetown (6-17) opened the invitational with a thrilling extra-inning win, defeating Grand Canyon University (16-14) 6-5. Sophomore first baseman Noelle Holiday drove in the winning run in the top of the 10th inning on a fielder’s choice. Sophomore pitcher Anna Brooks Pacha earned the win from the mound, pitching a complete game with 173 pitches in total.

Georgetown lost the second game of Friday’s doubleheader 8-0. Grand Canyon scored six runs in the third and fourth innings to open up the game and tacked on two more for an 8-0 final score. Freshman pitcher London Diller took the mound for the Hoyas and gave up five earned runs in three innings before being replaced.

On offense, the Hoyas were unable to get anything going with no hits in the first four innings and ended up scoreless in the contest.

On Saturday, the Blue and Gray did not fare much better, losing its opening game of the day 5-0 to Iowa (10-9). Iowa scored four runs in the first inning to open the game up and did not look back from there. Offensively, the Hoyas only managed four hits and were shut out again.

Diller was again the starting pitcher, pitching a complete game and giving up five earned runs in the loss.

The offensive struggles continued into Saturday’s second game as the Hoyas were once again shut out, this time against Minnesota (15-10). Sophomore pitcher Isabelle Ortiz started the game on the mound for Georgetown, giving up seven runs in five innings, and the Hoyas lost again 8-0.

On Sunday, although the Hoyas pitching was slightly better, the offense still failed to generate any runs as Georgetown lost again to Iowa 2-0. Brooks Pacha started, pitching a complete game and giving up two earned runs. An improved pitching performance was not enough to earn the Hoyas a win as the offense was limited to four hits in a fourth consecutive scoreless performance.

Following the weekend’s tournament, the Hoyas now have a record of 6-17, with conference play yet to begin. The team will take part in the Charleston Invitational in South Carolina this weekend, with its first game coming against Eastern Illinois (17-7) at 11 a.m. Friday.

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