April 18, 2014
Saturday, April 19
Butler at Georgetown | noon ET | Live Stats
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team (20-19, 8-6 BIG EAST) edged within one win of the program’s record of 21 wins as the squad split a pair of Friday afternoon games at Guy Mason Field in Washington, D.C., against the Butler Bulldogs (18-24, 6-7 BIG EAST). The Hoyas took game one in a nine-inning battle that concluded with a game-winning, RBI single off the bat of senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy). GU fell in game two, 4-2.
The Hoyas scored three runs in the first two innings of game one on Friday to take an early 3-0 lead.
Senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) recorded a two-run single in the first to score Graziano and sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep). Graziano led off the game with a walk followed by an Appelbe bunt single that flew over the head of a charging third baseman.
In the bottom of the second, Graziano scored freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) on a single up the middle for the Hoyas’ third run. A. Gargicevich-Almeida, who made her first two collegiate starts at catcher, singled on a 2-2 pitch to start off the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball to set up Graziano at the plate.
Butler added two runs in the top of the third on a RBI double and a RBI single off the bats of Kristen Boros and Maria Leichty to make it 3-2.
After three innings of scoreless softball, the Hoyas got two insurance runs in the sixth. Slovacek came through again with a one-run double to right center before junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) recorded a RBI single to score freshman pinch runner Hannah Ramsey (Buda, Texas/Jack C. Hays). GU led 5-2 going into the seventh.
Georgetown junior Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada), who started the game, recorded a quick first out on a flyout to Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) in left. After a bunt single and a wild pitch, Butler had a runner on second with one out. The Hoyas recorded a second flyout to left field to bring up Chelsea Norwood for the Bulldogs with two outs. Norwood’s single brought home a run to cut the GU lead down to two. Butler’s Maria Leichty belted a two-run home run to right center to tie up the game.
The Hoyas were not able to put a run up on the board in the bottom of the seventh or eighth, nor were the Bulldogs.
In the ninth, senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) started the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Another GU walk forced a Bulldog pitching change. Sophomore Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) got to the new pitcher early with a single to move the runners up a base to second and third.
On a 2-0 pitch in the bottom of the ninth, Graziano came to the plate and recorded her second RBI single of the day, this time a game winner as the Hoyas walked off for the second time at Guy Mason Field for the 6-5 victory.
O’Leary pitched the first seven innings for the Hoyas, gathering six strikeouts. She was relieved by Hyson (W, 11-9), who recorded the win after two innings of not allowing a Bulldog to reach base.
The Hoyas did not find the same success in game two of the doubleheader. After gathering 12 hits in game one, GU was limited to six in game two, three of which came off the bat of Giovanniello.
Butler scored one run in the first to take the early lead on a bloop single between the Georgetown right fielder, center fielder and second baseman, scoring a runner from second with two outs.
The Bulldogs tacked on two more in the third which featured three bunts to start the inning. With runners on second and third with one out, Butler’s Cassie Rupel hit a groundball to second base, leading to a 4-3 putout. The runner on third scored on the play as Georgetown 1B Madeleine Giaquinto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell) tried to throw home to end the inning on a double play. But the ball was up the line and out of the reach of catcher A. Gargicevich-Almeida, bringing the Butler runner on second around to score. Butler led 3-0.
Georgetown got two back in the third and the fifth, both RBI singles up the middle from Georgetown’s Giovanniello, who is now hitting .346 at home with five RBI.
Butler sealed the 4-2 victory in game two with a pinch hit solo home run in the top of the seventh from Maria Leichty, who hit the game-tying two-run homer in game one.
Georgetown’s Megan Hyson (L, 11-10) started game two and went the full seven innings, allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned).
The two squads will square off for the BIG EAST series finale tomorrow, Saturday, April 19 at Guy Mason Field in Washington, D.C., at noon ET
_Megan Hyson was the pitcher of record in both games for the Hoyas, picking up the loss in game one and the win in game two.
_Hannah Slovacek went 3-for-4 in game one with three RBI for her seventh multi-RBI game, which leads the squad.
_Elyse Graziano, Grace Appelbe and Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida all had two hits in the first game.
_Megan Hyson recorded a RBI single in game one, but did not reach base in game two, snapping her streak of games reaching base safely at 22 games.
_Samantha Giovanniello batted out of the ninth spot in game two and went 3-for-3 for her first three-hit game of the season. It was her first three-hit game since April 6, 2013 at Rutgers.
_Elyse Graziano went 4-for-7 at the plate in today’s doubleheader with three runs batted in and three walks. She raised her season average from .297 to .312. She is hitting .478 at Guy Mason Field in 7 games in 2014, which is a team-best. The senior is now hitting .447 in the team’s 14 BIG EAST matchups, gathering hits in all but two games.