March 18, 2012

Late Rally Pushes Georgetown Past SHU, 6-5

Baltimore, MD – The SHU softball team suffered a 6-5 loss on the final day of the UMBC Spring Classic as the Georgetown Hoyas got a walk-off two-run homer from Shikara Lowe.  Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) and Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) went deep for the Pioneers on Sunday.  Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) also came through with a pair of RBI in the fifth inning.

Sacred Heart (7-13) got onto the scoreboard first as Tsipouras leadoff the top of the second with a solo blast, her fourth homer of the season.  Sidor was firing on all cylinders from the pitching circle to start the game, allowing just one hit through the first five innings.  She would finish the game with eight strikeouts.

The Pioneers started the fifth inning with back-to-back singles from Kate Nadler (Southbury, CT) and Carley Rudloff (Queen Creek, AZ).  Garza extended the SHU advantage to 3-0 with a two-run single.

Georgetown (11-17) broke through in the bottom of the sixth with three runs to knot the game at 3-3.  The big hit in the frame was a triple from Lowe that plated a pair of runs and allowed her to score two batters later on a single. 

Sidor came through with two outs in the top of the seventh and launched a homer that also scored Nadler, who started the frame with a walk, to give SHU a 5-3 edge.  However, the Hoyas started the bottom of the seventh with a double and a single followed by a fielder's choice to cut the deficit to 5-4.  Lowe immediately delivered the final blow of the game with a walk off homer to give Georgetown the 6-5 victory.

The Pioneers will look to rebound next weekend as they open Northeast Conference play on the road against Monmouth and Mount St. Mary's.