March 2, 2014
Box Score (Georgetown vs. Charlotte)
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team (7-7) won the 49er Invitational championship game this afternoon in Charlotte, N.C. against the host school, the Charlotte 49ers, 10-0, in the Hoyas’ fourth shutout of the weekend. Junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) was named the Most Valuable Pitcher after the game as she compiled a 3-0 record across 19.0 innings this weekend which included three shutouts and a no-hitter against Stony Brook on Saturday. With the win against Charlotte, the Blue & Gray moved to .500 for the first time since their season-opening win.
“The championship was another first for our program,” said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. “It was exciting to play for something and hopefully good practice for the BIG EAST Tournament at the end of the season.”
The Hoyas struck first in the 10-0 shutout this afternoon. Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) reached base as the first batter of the game with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep), Graziano moved over to second. Two batters later, Hyson reach on an error with two outs, scoring Graziano on the error for the 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
Hyson (4-3) continued to demonstrate her dominance in the circle this weekend. The junior surrendered her first hit to the 49ers in the fourth inning. Hyson and the defense behind her did not let Charlotte capitalize on any opportunities as Georgetown played errorless softball for the five inning affair. In her five innings, Hyson stuck out four, walked two and hit a batter. The Pasadena, Maryland native lowered her season earned run average to 1.70 across 49.1 innings pitched.
“Today was a total team effort,” said Conlan. “Megan threw another great game and backed up her pitching with a three run home run. We swung the bats well all the way through the order and played great defense.”
In the same fashion of how to Hoyas manufactured their run in the first inning, Appelbe drew a 3-2 walk to lead off the top of the third inning. Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) sacrificed bunted Appelbe over to second. A single through the left side by Hyson scored Appelbe and gave the Hoyas a 2-0 lead.
The Blue & Gray blew the game open in the fourth inning with a six hit, seven run effort. Freshman Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) led the inning off with a single and fellow classmate Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) followed suit with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. After a Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) walk to load the bases, Graziano hit a sacrifice fly to score Elvina. Appelbe walked after the sacrifice fly to reload the bases for a Slovacek double that scored Henry and A. Gargicevich-Almeida to give the Hoyas a 5-0 lead. With Appelbe and Slovacek still on base with only one out, Hyson came up again to power a three run home run over the left field fence to put the Hoyas up 8-0. The homer was the first for Hyson this season and the seventh of her career here at Georgetown. She had four runs batted in on the afternoon.
Still in the fourth inning, sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) and senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) both reached base with back-to-back singles after Hyson’s homer; Elvina, who led off the inning, reached base on an error that scored Giovanniello for the final run of the inning. After the fourth inning, the Blue & Gray led comfortably, 9-0.
It was just yesterday that Georgetown was beaten 23-2 by the Charlotte 49ers, but the Hoyas no-quit attitude showed on Sunday afternoon in the championship game.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this group,” said Conlan. “They are strong and resilient and that is why they were able to come back after yesterday’s tough loss to Charlotte.”
GU would tack on the tenth and final run with a Slovacek sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to push Georgetown to the mercy rule limit after five innings. Slovacek ended the game with three runs batted in. The Hoyas now only needed to shut out Charlotte in the fifth inning to secure the victory.
Hyson gave up her second hit of the game to start the fifth inning and hit the third batter of the inning. But Georgetown was able to put the 49ers away without much of an offensive threat today.
Yesterday, the 49ers recorded 22 hits against the Hoyas; today, only two.
Tuesday's Home Game Postponed; Hoyas' next games will be from Fri., March 7 to Sun., March 9 in Southern California
Georgetown's first home game of the season against the Towson Tigers on Tues., March 4 at Guy Mason Field in Washington, D.C. has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date due to impending weather conditions.
The Hoyas will now gear up for the CSUN/UCLA Invitiational in Northridge and Los Angeles, Calif. where GU will play Grand Canyon, Oregon State and Cal State Northride in Northridge, Calif. on Fri., March 7 and Sat., March 8. The Blue & Gray will play University of Las Vegas-Nevada and UCLA in Los Angeles at Easton Stadium on Sun., March 9.
- Six different Hoyas had hits in today’s game with Hyson and Giovanniello racking up multiple hits.
- Appelbe, Graziano and Henry each drew two walks on the afternoon.
- Anttila extender her hitting streak to eight games with her single to center field in the fourth inning. She has also reached base safely in 10 straight contests.
- Hyson has currently reached base in 11 straight games and boasts a six game hitting streak.
- Giovanniello's hit-streak is currently at four games.
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