Sophomore Grace Appelbe.
March 30, 2014
Sunday, March 30
Georgetown at Creighton | W, 6-1
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team (15-12, 6-0 BIG EAST) used a couple of early runs to get ahead of the Creighton Bluejays (19-13, 2-3 BIG EAST) on Sunday afternoon at the CU Sports Complex in Omaha, Neb. to earn a 6-1 victory and a second consecutive BIG EAST sweep to start conference play. The win came as the eighth-straight for the Hoyas as they moved to 6-0 in BIG EAST play, the best start in the program’s history.
The Hoyas scored one run in each of the first two innings to grab the early lead for the first time in the series. Yesterday, Georgetown trailed in the early parts of both games.
Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) drew a leadoff walk in the top of the first inning. With one out after a pop out, the senior stole second for her 11th steal on the season to put a runner in scoring position for fellow senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake). Slovacek made the most of the opportunity as she doubled in Graziano for the first run of the game.
Georgetown took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when freshman Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) notched her first career collegiate home run, a solo shot to left center field; one of three home runs for the Blue & Gray on the afternoon. The Hoyas hit six home runs off the Blue Jays this weekend after Creighton came into the series having won its previous ten games including six in a shutout fashion.
“The team had a great weekend,” said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. “Every player in the lineup contributed.”
Hoyas’ junior starting pitcher Megan Hyson (W, 9-6, Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) dominated in the circle for the second time in two days with another complete game, double-digit strikeout performance. The junior struck out 10 Bluejays in the game for 23 on the weekend and 106 on the season. Hyson notched a double-digit strikeout total for the fourth time in her last five starts. The Maryland native also did not allow a single walk in the game for the second time in her 15 starts in 2014.
Hyson retired the first seven batters to start the game, giving up a one-out bunt single to Creighton for its first hit in the bottom of the third inning. Hyson only allowed four hits on the day, two of which were bunt singles.
Georgetown added two more runs in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead on a two-run home run by freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King). It was her third home run on the season; the Hoyas now have three players with at least three home runs on the season.
Creighton notched its only run of the game in the fifth inning on a solo shot by junior catcher Bri Lingl, her second home run of the season.
Georgetown used the momentum of a quick defensive inning to add two more insurance runs to win by the eventual 6-1. Senior Madeline Giaquinto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell) drew a leadoff walk to start the seventh inning. After a pinch runner and two outs, sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) belted a 1-0 pitch down the left field line for her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot to put Georgetown up 6-1.
Similar to the start of the game, Hyson managed to retire the final eight batters of the game; five of whom struck out.
“It is important to stay focused on the things that got us off to a 6-0 conference start,” said Conlan. “We have a doubleheader against Cornell on Tuesday and we will focus on them and then worry about St. John’s after that. One pitch at a time will continue to be our focus.”
Georgetown hosts the Cornell Big Red (7-12, 0-2 IVY) on Tues., April 1 at Guy Mason Field in Washington, D.C. for the Hoyas’ home-opener. The squads will play a doubleheader with the first game scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. Cornell was scheduled to play two games against Harvard today, but the games were postponed due to inclement weather. The Big Red will play a doubleheader against Mount St. Mary’s tomorrow in Emmitsburg, Md. before making the trip to D.C.
_With two hits on the afternoon, Megan Hyson compiled her seventh multi-hit game of the season, a team high, and currently owns an 11-game hitting streak.
_Georgetown’s three home runs were the most in a game by the team since the Hoyas hit six against Rutgers last April.
_Georgetown outscored Creighton 17-6 this weekend. Creighton had outscored its opponents 52-6 in its previous 10 games before the weekend series started.
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