March 29, 2014
Sunday, March 30
Georgetown at Creighton | noon ET, 11 a.m. CT | Live Stats
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team (14-12, 5-0 BIG EAST) defeated the Creighton Bluejays (19-12, 2-2 BIG EAST) with a pair of conference wins on Saturday afternoon at the CU Sports Complex in Omaha, Neb. The Hoyas won 5-2 in the first game and 6-3 in the second game, which was capped off with a five-run seventh inning due to sophomore Samantha Giovanniello’s (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) first career grand slam. Georgetown now owns a 2-0 all-time series lead against new BIG EAST addition Creighton.
Georgetown’s 5-0 BIG EAST record is the best start of conference play that the Hoyas have had since joining the BIG EAST.
The Hoyas trailed 2-1 in the first game and 3-1 in the second game, but managed to come away with the victories.
Georgetown got on the board early in the first game thanks to a RBI-double by senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) in the top of the third. She scored freshman 1B Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) from second on the extra-base hit, one of three runs A. Gargicevich-Almeida would score for the Hoyas’ in the 5-2 game one victory.
Creighton scored twice on a two-run home run by left fielder Ellen Homan in the bottom of the third to gain the 2-1 lead.
But the Hoyas did not let the Bluejays stay ahead for long as GU mounted three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead behind two extra-base hits. With one out in the inning, junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) hit her fourth home run of the season to even the game back up. After a Giovanniello walk and a single by A. Gargicevich-Almeida, sophomore Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) doubled down the right field line to score two runs for the Hoyas, giving them the 4-2 lead after three and a half innings of play.
“This team has amazing fight,” said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. “We were only behind for about five minutes in that first game before Megan [Hyson] hit her game-tying home run. We are playing with great confidence and there has never been a moment where the team didn’t think they could win. That is what makes this group special.”
Freshman A. Gargicevich-Almeida added an insurance run for the Hoyas in the sixth inning with her second home run on the season.
Creighton would not score again in game one after its only two runs in the third inning. GU junior starting pitcher Lauren O'Leary (W, 6-6, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) threw a complete game, seven-inning effort for the Hoyas to fuel the 5-2 game one victory. O’Leary struck out eight and only walked two on the afternoon. The junior only allowed three baserunners in the final four innings, none of who reached on a hit.
Game two started out much in the same way for Georgetown. The Hoyas scored the first run of the game in the second inning before Creighton took the lead on a two-run home run in the bottom half of the same inning.
With one out in the second inning, Georgetown’s A. Gargicevich-Almeida doubled down the left field line. After a walk and a groundout, Georgetown had runners on the corners with Graziano coming to the plate. Graziano hit a RBI-single to left field to score A. Gargicevich-Almeida to put GU up 1-0.
Creighton took the 2-1 lead in the second inning on a two-run home run by designated player Blake Ringle, her second of the season. The homer scored Creighton 1B Jen Daro, who led the inning off with a hit by pitch.
Hyson (W, 8-6) who started the second game in the circle for the Hoyas, found her throwing rhythm again with at least two strikeouts in five different innings. The junior ended the game with 13 strikeouts, tying her career high which she set on April 3, 2012 during her freshman season against UMBC. Hyson has totaled double-digit strikeouts in three of her last four outings this season.
The Hoyas went scoreless from the third inning on while the Bluejays tacked on a run in the sixth inning, giving them a 3-1 lead with Georgetown only having three outs remaining between them and defeat.
Much like the last two weekends, Graziano started off the seventh inning with a single. Graziano, who went 7-for-11 last week and earned a BIG EAST Honor Roll nomination, went 4-for-8 across Saturday’s contests with two doubles and two runs batted in from the leadoff spot. Sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) and senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) both reached base on errors as they loaded the bases for Hyson. Hyson moved everybody up a base with a RBI-single to cut the Creighton lead down to one run.
Giovanniello stepped to the plate with one home run on the season and three in her college career. She drove a ball over the center field fence for her first collegiate grand slam, scoring Hyson, Slovacek, Appelbe and herself in the process to give the Hoyas the lead and eventual 6-3 victory.
“Elyse [Graziano] once again stated our seventh inning rally,” said Conlan. “We followed it with quality at-bats until we got to Samantha [Giovanniello]. She hit a bomb to deep center. It’s a trademark of our team; a never say die attitude.”
Hyson got five of the final six outs of the game via the strikeout to finish with 13 on the day. She lowered her season earned run average to 1.97 and now sits at 96 strikeouts.
Georgetown closes out the three-game series with single game against Creighton University tomorrow, Sun., March 30 at the CU Sports Complex in Omaha, Neb. First pitch is scheduled for noon ET, 11 a.m. CT. Live stats will be available here.