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Early Offense Aids Georgetown in Win Over Liberty

February 11, 2012  Elon, N.C.  RSS
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Meredith Crisante singled and scored a run against Georgetown on Saturday.

Meredith Crisante singled and scored a run against Georgetown on Saturday.

Georgetown built an early 5-0 lead on the way to a 9-2 win over Liberty on Saturday, to open the second day of the Elon Invitational.

The Hoyas, playing for the first time this season, are now 1-0, while the Lady Flames remain in search of their first win, at 0-2. Prior to Saturday, Liberty held a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series against Georgetown.

Liberty scored a run each in the third and fourth innings in drawing to within three runs, but the Hoyas pulled away with a pair of late two-run innings to seal the victory.

Four Lady Flames registered singles on Saturday, while Sammi Shivock recording an RBI groundout and Bridgett Woods drove in a run with a squeeze bunt. Jenny Law and Meredith Crisante both singled and scored a run. Chandler Ball (0-1) allowed five runs on four hits, and Alyssa DiMartino yielded four runs on nine hits in five and two-third innings of relief.

Georgetown had five players post multiple hits. Samantha Findling went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Madeline Giaquinto doubled and drove in four runs. Mackensey Carter (1-0) picked up the win, allowing two runs on three hits in four innings, and Megan Hyson picked up the save with three scoreless innings pitched.

The first three Hoyas reached base to open the game. Cara Savarese then drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Giaquinto gave Georgetown a 3-0 advantage by plating a pair with an opposite-field single before Ball retired the final two Hoyas.

After the Lady Flames went in order, Georgetown added two runs in the second inning. Findling hit a one-out RBI double for the Hoyas' fourth run. DiMartino then came on in relief of Ball. Shikara Lowe drove in Findling with a single, and DiMartino worked out of the inning with Liberty trailing, 5-0.

DiMartino pitched a 1-2-3 third inning, and Liberty began to chip away at the deficit. Crisante hit a leadoff single, and advanced to second on a Grace Nordan sacrifice. Katie Zavodny moved Nordan and Crisante to second and third with a sacrifice, and Shivock grounded out to drive in Crisante. The third frame ended with Georgetown ahead, 5-1.

Law singled to left to open the bottom of the fourth. She moved to third as Amber Donovan reached on a throwing error. Woods executed a squeeze bunt, and Law crossed the plate to score Liberty's second run. A pair of groundouts ended the fourth with a 5-2 score.

Georgetown regained its five-run edge during the fifth inning. Hyson plated Lowe with a sacrifice fly, and then Hansen drove in Savarese for a 7-2 lead. With two on, Alexandra Antilla lined out to Shivock at shortstop to end the threat.

After a 1-2-3 Liberty fifth, the Hoyas added to their advantage in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, Giaquinto doubled to center field to drive in two runs. Savarese was thrown out at home on the play, and the scoreboard read Georgetown 9, Liberty 2.

DiMartino worked around a leadoff single in the top of the seventh, bringing the Lady Flames to bat for the final time. Sydnei Lester led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single to right. A double play and a strikeout then ended the contest.

Liberty will face North Carolina Central later today, at 4:15 p.m., after the conclusion of the 2 p.m. Elon vs. Georgetown contest.