Feb. 22, 2014
WASHINGTON – Behind a balanced play of timely hitting, stellar pitching and sharp defense, the Georgetown softball team (3-4) defeated the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (4-5) by the final score of 7-2 in Columbia, S.C. at Beckman Field in the 2014 Gamecock Invitational. So far, the Hoyas are 1-1 in the South Carolina hosted-invite with two games slated for Sunday.
GU finished the game with three extra base hits including the first Hoya home run (1) of the season by senior RF Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community).
“It was great to see Allie (Alexandria Anttila) hit her first home run of the year,” said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. “Our offense put together quality at-bats from the top to the bottom of the order. We manufactured runs with the short game, stolen bases and clutch hits.”
Georgetown junior starting pitcher Megan Hyson (2-2, Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) came up big for the Blue & Gray when she went 2-for-3 with a double (2) and three-run triple (1). In addition, Hyson reached base on a walk. The junior also threw a complete game, three-hit effort from the rubber to cap of the Saturday morning victory. Hyson surrender her first hit of the game in the fifth inning and did not give up any extra-bases hits in the affair.
“We had great team energy today,” said Conlan. “Megan had a solid pitching performance and helped herself with a strong day at the play.”
The Seahawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an unearned run which resulted because of two Georgetown errors.
But the Hoyas settled down in the bottom half of the inning to quickly tie the game up when senior CF Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) scored on an illegal pitch. Graziano manufactured the run with a leadoff single to left followed by a prompt stealing (3) of second base. She advanced to third and then home on two separate illegal pitches. GU ended the inning with a bases-loaded groundout.
After a 1-2-3 by Hyson in the top of the second, the Hoyas scored two runs in the bottom half to go up, 3-1, due to two miscues by UNCW.
Georgetown opened up the scoring margin in the fourth inning. A leadoff single by freshman 1B Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King), the first hit of her college career, followed by a sacrifice bunt by freshman C Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) and Graziano’s second single of the day put runners on first and third for the Blue & Gray. Senior designated hitter Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) drew a walk to load the bases for the eventual bases-clearing triple by Hyson to put the Hoyas up by five, 6-1.
Anttila added an insurance run in the fifth on her solo home run to give way to a 7-1 lead.
After a scoreless sixth inning, the Seahawks added one run in the top of the seventh on two hits.
“Our defense made some huge run-saving plays on multiple occasions today and that was probably the key to the victory,” said Conlan. “It was a hard fought win today and I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”
-Five Hoyas had seven hits in the victory including multi-hit games by Graziano and Hyson.
-Graziano and A. Gargicevich-Almeida each scored twice on the day.
-A. Gargicevich-Almeida tallied her first collegiate hit in the fourth inning.
-Graziano leads the team in batting average (.353), on-base percentage (.450), hits (6) and steals (3).
-GU worked five walks on Saturday.
-The Hoyas stole five bases against UNC-Wilmington.
-Georgetown left seven runners on base while the Seahawks stranded six.
Georgetown looks to translate the offense in the win into Sunday’s doubleheader. The Hoyas first take on Boston University at 10 a.m. followed by Michigan State right after at 12:30 p.m. Live Stats with be available for both games.