March 1, 2014
WASHINGTON – Georgetown softball (6-7) and junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) rebounded from a tough loss on Saturday afternoon to throw a no-hitter against the Stony Brook Seawolves on Saturday night at the 49er Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. The Hoyas defeated the Seawolves, 6-0. The Blue & Gray lost in a tough way earlier in the day to the host Charlotte, 23-3 in five innings.
“I thought our team showed amazing grit,” said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. “To comeback after the whooping we received in game one just shows the character of this team. Megan had an incredible outing, the defense continued to make the big plays and Alexandria hit a clutch grand slam when the game was on the line. It was a total team effort.”
Georgetown dropped game one on Saturday to the host, the Charlotte 49ers, 23-2 in a shortened, five inning game. The 49ers put up 11 runs in the third inning and 9 runs in the fifth inning. Senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) extended her hitting streak to six games in the loss with a two run double in the fourth inning for the Hoyas only two runs. Sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) had a multi-hit game with singles in the second and fourth innings. Giovanniello scored on Anttila’s double in the fourth inning. Junior Lauren O'Leary (2-4, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) took the loss in the game against Charlotte for the Hoyas.
But Georgetown bounced back and put the tough loss behind them to rally for a historic win in game two against Stony Brook. Yesterday, Hyson threw a two-hit shutout against the Seawolves in a 5-0 victory and somehow followed up that performance. Hyson only faced 23 batters in her no-hitter, walking only one and hitting the first batter of the game. She struck out five in the seven inning, complete game where she only threw 78 pitches. Hyson lowered her earned run average to 1.89 with her no-no on Saturday night in Charlotte. Freshman Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) caught Hyson’s no-hitter.
Georgetown was locked in a 0-0 game with the Seawolves for the first five innings. Georgetown recorded two hits up to that point in the form of a Giovanniello single in the second and a Hyson double in the fourth.
Sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) was hit by a pitch to start the top of the sixth inning. Senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) followed her with a single down the right field line to put runners on first and third. Hyson then walked on four straight pitches to load the bases. A fielder’s choice by Giovanniello kept the bases loaded with only one out in the sixth inning, bringing Alexandria Anttila to the plate for the Hoyas
Anttila swung at the first pitch she saw and crushed a grand slam down the left field line to put the Hoyas up 4-0; giving Hyson a much needed cushion to continue her no-hitter which was though five innings at the time. So far, Anttila has hit Georgetown’s only two home runs through 13 games in the 2014 season.
Hyson came back out in the bottom of the sixth and put the Seawolves down in a 1-2-3 fashion. Hyson retired 18 straight batters between the first inning and the seventh inning. The junior only hit the first batter of the game and walked the first batter of the seventh inning.
The Blue & Gray tacked on two more insurance runs in the seventh inning for a 6-0 lead. Slovacek knocked Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) in on a single for the fifth run; Slovacek advanced to third on her single on a Stony Brook error. And then Hyson helped her own cause when she singled in Slovacek on the next play to put GU up by the eventual 7-0.
After walking the first batter of the seventh inning, Hyson retired Stony Brook junior Shayla Giosia on a foul out to Georgetown freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) at first. The junior then got Seawolf junior Bria Green to fly out to Anttila in right field. Hyson completed her no-hitter on a called third strike on a 1-2 pitch to end the game and cue the celebration.
Georgetown will face the Charlotte 49ers tomorrow, Sun., March 2 at 1 p.m. in the championship game of the 49er Invitational.
- Hyson has reached base in 10 straight games with a five game hitting streak. Anttila extended her hitting streak to seven games in the Stony Brook win and reached base safely in Georgetown’s last nine games.
- Six of Hyson’s 11 hits on the season have come in the form of extra base hits (five doubles, one triple). She is currently slugging .500 with a team-best .457 on-base percentage. Anttila is currently slugging .531 with two home runs on the season and two doubles.
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