Sophomore Samantha Giovanniello.
Feb. 5, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team was selected to finish tied for third in the BIG EAST Conference by the league’s coaches in the 2014 preseason poll. The news was released via a BIG EAST press release which can be found here.
The Hoyas are returning 12 student-athletes to the squad including seven position-players who started at least 42 games for the Blue & Gray last season. Georgetown also returns two starting pitchers: junior Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) and junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake). O’Leary made 35 starts for the squad while Hyson made 19 starts. Hyson also made 30 starts in the designated player position.
The team will have a lineup full of experienced starters and stability after only losing one starting position player to graduation. In addition, the Hoyas welcome four freshmen to the team that boasts a total of 16 student-athletes.
Last season, Georgetown finished 10-12 in BIG EAST play which tied them for fifth in conference with Syracuse. Three of the four teams (Notre Dame, USF and Louisville) that finished above the Hoyas have moved on to new conferences with the new alignment of the BIG EAST. Only DePaul, who is picked to finish first in the 2014 preseason poll, finished above the Hoyas last season with a 16-6 conference and 32-21 overall record. Georgetown compiled a 21-33 overall record in 2013.
BIG EAST newcomers Creighton and Butler are picked to finish second and eighth, respectively.
Georgetown opens its 2014 season this Fri., Feb 7 with two games at the Florida Gulf Coast University/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational. The tournament, which lasts through Sun., Feb. 9 and has the Hoyas playing five games over three days, can be followed on FGCU’s website here.
The Hoyas open BIG EAST Conference play with three games in Villanova, Pa. against the Villanova Wildcats on the weekend of March 22 and 23.
2014 BIG EAST Softball Preseason Poll
1. DePaul – 48 points (six first-place votes)
2. Creighton – 44 points (two first-place votes)
3-T. Georgetown – 30 points
3-T. Providence – 30 points
5. St. John’s – 27 points
6. Seton Hall – 23 points
7. Villanova – 12 points
8. Butler – 10 points
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