May 3, 2014
Sunday, May 4
Seton Hall at Georgetown | noon ET | Live Stats
WASHINGTON – Saturday marked a memorable afternoon for the Georgetown softball team (25-21, 11-8 BIG EAST). With a two-game Saturday sweep of the Seton Hall Pirates (15-33, 9-11 BIG EAST), the Hoyas clinched winning records in both overall and BIG EAST play for the first time in program history. The two wins also clinched the Blue & Gray a berth to the BIG EAST Championship in Chicago, Ill. for the second-consecutive season.
GU defeated Seton Hall, 6-1, in game one before shutting out the Pirates, 2-0, in game two. The day was highlighted by senior day where Georgetown honored its graduating class of Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community), Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), Madeleine Giaquinto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell), Rachel Nersesian (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) and Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake).
A five-run first inning for the Hoyas separated them from the Pirates in game one. With one out, Georgetown earned two walks and reached base on an error to load the bases. Sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) knocked in fellow sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) on a single to left field. On the play, Seton Hall’s leftfielder gathered the ball and fired a throw to second base. Georgetown junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) was rounding second on the RBI single as the throw came to the base. After originally being called out, the call was reversed, leaving the Hoyas with only one out instead of two.
GU used the call to its advantage as Anttila and sophomore Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) both recorded two-run, two-out singles to put the Hoyas up 5-0 after one inning.
Seton Hall got on the board with a solo home run in the sixth from Danielle DeStasto to make it 5-1. DeStasto started the game in the circle for the Pirates but only lasted one inning as she took the loss.
Georgetown added an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning when Slovacek singled Graziano in from third for the 6-1 advantage.
Junior starting pitcher Lauren O'Leary (W, 11-10, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) earned the win when she retired the final three batters in order in the top of the seventh. O’Leary went seven innings, allowing five hits while striking out four. Seton Hall was only able to score the one home run off the Georgetown junior.
Game two saw only four hits combined for the two squads, who hit for a combined 14 in the previous matchup.
The Hoyas scored two in the second inning. Anttila reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded to score Hyson, who led the inning off when she was hit by a pitch.
GU picked up its second run when Anttila stole second on the next play, intentionally trying to get caught in a rundown to score Giovanniello from third. The Seton Hall catcher threw down to the second baseman who was about 10 feet away from the base. The ball skimmed off her glove and rolled into the outfield to score Giovanniello safely on the play, giving Georgetown a 2-0 lead.
A two run lead was all Georgetown needed as Hyson (W, 14-11) retired the last nine batters to earn her 14th win on the season. Hyson allowed just two hits, both doubles. The first double was a blooper to shallow left fielder which saw the Pirates’ speedy leadoff hitter stretch a single into two bases. Hyson did not walk a batter and recorded only one strikeout on the first batter of the game. It was Hyson’s fifth shutout on the season and 18th complete game. She has allowed just three hits in her last two starts.
The Hoyas and Pirates will square off again tomorrow for the regular-season finale. The Georgetown home game will be played at Guy Mason Field with first pitch scheduled for noon (ET).
Around the BIG EAST on Saturday
_St. John’s (11-8 BIG EAST) earned two wins over Villanova (5-15 BIG EAST) in Queens, N.Y. SJU won, 1-0, in game one and 6-5 in game two.
_Butler (10-9 BIG EAST) split a pair of games with DePaul (17-1 BIG EAST) in Indianapolis, Ind. DePaul won game one, 3-2, before the Bulldogs knocked off the undefeated Blue Demons, 4-2, in game two.
_Creighton (9-10 BIG EAST) earned two wins over Providence (4-14 BIG EAST) in Omaha, Neb. on Saturday. CU won game one, 9-6, before shutting out the Friars 2-0 in the second matchup.
_Seton Hall has been eliminated from a chance at the BIG EAST Championship.
_If Butler defeats DePaul on Sunday, then Butler is in the BIG EAST Championship.
_If Butler loses on Sunday and Creighton defeats Providence, then Creighton will be in the BIG EAST Championship since they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over DePaul. And Butler would be out.
_DePaul is set as the No. 1 seed. All other seeding depends on outcome of Georgetown, St. John’s, Butler and Creighton Sunday matchups.