April 10, 2014
WASHINGTON – Sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) led the way for the Hoyas at the plate as the Georgetown softball team (19-15, 7-2 BIG EAST) defeated the Drexel Dragons (14-15) by the score of 7-3 on Thursday afternoon in a non-conference game in Philadelphia, Pa. The Hoyas now travel to Chicago, Ill., to take on the DePaul Blue Demons in a three-game, BIG EAST series.
Giovanniello went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and a career-high five RBI in Georgetown’s second win in as many days.
Junior Megan Hyson (W, 10-8, Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) earned the win in the circle for the Blue & Gray behind a six-inning, one-hit effort. The junior established a new career high with 14 strikeouts. Hyson has five double-digit strikeout performances in 2014. Her previous high of 13 strikeouts was set during her freshman year on April 3, 2012 against UMBC. Hyson now has 143 strikeouts in 122.0 innings and 18 starts.
Georgetown scored three runs in the third thanks to a bases-clearing, three-run double off the bat of Giovanniello to give the Hoyas a 3-0 lead.
Hyson gave up her first and only hit, a leadoff bunt, to Drexel to start the fifth.
The Hoyas then added two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to go up 7-0.
The sixth inning started with a four-pitch walk to senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community). Freshman Hannah Ramsey (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays) then came into the game and recorded the first hit of her career, a single to center field on a 2-2 pitch. After Ramsey stole second, fellow freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) knocked a two-run single down the left field line, scoring Anttila and Ramsey on the play.
In the seventh inning, Hyson reached second on a two-out double which brought Giovanniello to the plate. Giovanniello homered on a 1-0 pitch, her third home run of the season, giving Georgetown the 7-0 lead.
After 112 pitches and six-plus innings, Hyson was relieved by Georgetown junior Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) for the final three outs. After a walk to the first batter, O’Leary rolled Drexel in a double play, bringing the Dragons down to their final out.
With two outs in the seventh, Drexel ended up scoring three runs on a two singles, two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the seventh as the Dragons ended the game with the bases loaded.
Georgetown now travels to Chicago for a three-game series against DePaul on Sat., April 12 and Sun., April 13. The two squads play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday followed by a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
_Hyson extended her bases reached safely streak to 18 games as she went 2-for-4 on the day at the plate with a double.
_Hyson struck out eight of the first nine batters she faced on the day, all swinging strikeouts. Hyson continued her dominance by striking out the side in the fourth before giving up her first hit the following inning.