COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Junior Megan Hyson went 2-for-3 with three RBI at the plate and scattered three hits in seven innings in the circle to lead Georgetown to a 7-2 victory over UNCW in the Gamecock Invitational Saturday at Beckman Field.

The Hoyas improved to 3-4 on the young season while the loss moved the Seahawks to 4-5 overall.

Hyson paced a Georgetown lineup that finished with seven base hits in the contest as senior Elyse Graziano went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while three players finished with one hit each.

In the circle, Hyson evened her season mark at 2-2 as she surrendered two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks.  

Senior Casey Shue, junior Kristen Jernigan and sophomore Erin Brown accounted for the Seahawks’ three hits in the contest while Jernigan recorded her second RBI in as many contests.

Junior Casey Rowland got the start for the Seahawks and pitched one inning, allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit and four walks. Freshman Peyton Jordan replaced Rowland in the second and pitched the final five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and one walk. Jordan finished with four strikeouts.

UP NEXT: The Seahawks complete their appearance in the Gamecock Invitational Sunday with games against Gardner-Webb (3 p.m.) and host South Carolina (5 p.m.)

 HOW IT HAPPENED: UNCW raced out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as senior Brittany Gamby was hit by a pitch and later scored from third on a Georgetown throwing error.

Graziano drew the Hoyas level in the bottom half of the frame as she opened the inning with a single, stole second and used two illegal pitches to tie the game at 1-1.

Georgetown struck for two runs in the bottom of the second, using a Seahawk error and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Grace Appelbe to build a 3-1 advantage.

A two-out triple by Heyson in the bottom of the fourth plated three runs and expanded the Georgetown lead to 6-1 before a solo home run from senior Alexandria Anttila in the bottom of the fifth pushed the Hoyas’ margin to 7-1.

UNCW cut into the Georgetown lead in the top of the seventh, using a Jernigan single to plate freshman Nella Chamblee and make it a 7-2 contest. The Seahawks would load the bases one batter later, but Hyson was able to retire the next UNCW batter to end the contest.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE: UNCW was held without a hit until the fifth inning, when Brown broke up Hyson’s no-hit attempt with a single to left field … Georgetown had its leadoff hitter reach base in each of the first four innings  while UNCW’s first batter reached base just twice in seven tries … The two teams combined for five errors (UNCW 3, Georgetown 2) … Georgetown left seven runners on base while UNCW left six runners stranded … UNCW was held without an extra-base hit in the contest … UNCW senior Brittany Gamby was hit by a pitch twice in the contest.

NOTES: Saturday’s game served as the third meeting between the two schools and the first since the 2011 season … Georgetown took a 2-1 lead in the series with its victory on Saturday as the two teams split their first two matchups … Gamby as now reached base in four straight contests but she saw her three-game hitting streak come to a close … Chamblee has reached base in seven of eight games played this season … UNCW scored a run in the first inning for the second time this season … The Seahawks moved to 0-3 this season when plating two or fewer runs … UNCW surrendered six or more runs for the second time this season.