April 20, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College softball team (16-24-1, 3-10 BIG EAST) split a pair of games against Georgetown (19-27, 8-7 BIG EAST) on Saturday, April 20, 4-1 and 7-5, in Providence, R.I. The final game of the series will be played on Sunday, April 21 at noon.
The Friars took game one by three runs off six hits. Providence loaded the bases early in the first inning, and senior Stephanie Kiesel (Ramona, Calif.) batted in one run after being hit by a pitch thrown by Hoya pitcher, Lauren O’Leary. The second run of the inning came off a sacrifice fly hit by sophomore Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) to put the Friars up, 2-0.
Each team brought in a run in the third off solo-homeruns. Georgetown right fielder, Alexandria Anttila hit a homer with two outs in the inning. Then, during the bottom of the inning, senior Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.) hit the first pitch of the inning deep to right center (3-1).
Providence sophomore Sarah Kitterman (Houston, Texas) hit the Friars’ second leadoff homerun of the game in the top of the sixth when she sent one soaring over the left field fence (4-1).
During game two, Georgetown brought in one run off two hits to start the game. Harrell quickly halted the Hoyas’ offense with a double play to get out of the inning. After Georgetown brought in another run in the second, freshman Kiara Amos (Malden, Mass.) was brought in to relieve senior Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) who pitched the complete first game. In nine innings, Clauss allowed three runs off 11 hits and recorded seven strikeouts.
Bryant drove a ball hard through the middle with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. The Hoyas’ center fielder bobbled the ball, which allowed freshman Kiarra Baldassari (Denville, N.J) to score and cut the lead to one (2-1).
After holding the Hoyas scoreless during the third and fourth innings, Shikara Lowe hit a three-run shot to left field in the fifth to give Georgetown its largest lead of the day (5-1). Bryant hit her second homerun of the day to bring in two runs for the Friars in the bottom of the inning. Two batters later, Harrell hit a solo-shot to left center to bring the Friars within one (5-4).
Georgetown scored two runs in the sixth inning, but the Friars chipped away with a run of their own the same inning when Bryant recorded her fourth hit of the day with a single to right field. The hit drove in Kitterman who was on third (7-5). Baldassari attempted to reach home on the play from second, but was thrown out by the right fielder at home for the third out of the inning.
Both teams went scoreless in the seventh inning.
Amos finished the day with four strikeouts.
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