Softball Gears Up for 49er Invite in Charlotte, N.C.



Feb. 27, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team (3-6) travels to Charlotte, N.C. to participate in the 49er Invite, hosted by the Charlotte 49ers, from Fri., Feb. 28 to Sun., March 2. The Hoyas open the Invite on Friday against the Liberty Flames at 10 a.m. followed by Stony Brook, Friday evening at 5 p.m. GU will then play the host, Charlotte, on Saturday at noon. Georgetown will also play two games still to be determined, one each on Saturday and Sunday.

The Hoyas recently played at the 2014 Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, S.C. Georgetown went 1-3 in the four-game tournament with a 7-2 victory over UNC Wilmington and a close extra-inning loss to Gardner-Webb, 2-1. The BIG EAST selected Georgetown junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) to the Softball Honor Roll for her play in the event. The junior went 4-for-10 including three extra-base hits and four runs batted in while also making two starts, only surrendering three earned runs over 13 innings.

Hyson and fellow junior Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) have started all nine games in the circle for Georgetown. Across 26.1 innings, O’Leary has allowed 30 hits and 4 walks for a WHIP of 1.29. She boasts a 1.86 earned run average. O’Leary’s tossed three complete games, striking out 17, while only allowing seven extra-base hits and seven earned runs. Hyson’s thrown 30.1 innings with a WHIP of 1.45, allowing five extra-base hits over that span. Hyson has kept her opponents’ batting average down to .221.

Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), who has started all nine games in center field, leads the Hoyas in batting average (.320), hits (8), runs (6) and stolen bases (3). Hyson leads the squad in slugging percentage (.500), on-base percentage, extra-base hits (4) and walks (8) in the early goings of the season.

The Hoyas have a strong tendency to get the leadoff batter of each inning on base via a hit. As a team, GU boasts a leadoff average of .361.

Sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep), senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community), freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) and freshman Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) bring at least two game hitting streaks into Friday’s matchup against Liberty. Appelbe’s streak currently sits at 4 games; Anttila and A. Gargicevich-Almeida have streaks of three games. Hyson has reached base over the last six games via a hit, walk or hit by pitch; Anttila has done the same over the last five games.

Hyson, Graziano and sophomore Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) are the only three Hoyas to start all nine games this season. Giovanniello has started four games at shortstop, three at second base and one at each left field and designated player.

Georgetown vs. Liberty, Friday, 11 a.m.
The Liberty Lady Flames (2-10) recently played at the Spartan Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. The Lady Flames lost all four games in the tournament and bring a five-game losing streak to Friday’s matchup against Georgetown. Georgetown faced Liberty in its season-opener and defeated the Lady Flames, 4-3. Georgetown and Liberty have faced each other five times since the first time they met in 2007. Liberty leads the series, 3-2.

Georgetown vs. Stony Brook, Friday, 5 p.m.
The series is currently tied between Georgetown and the Stony Brook Seawolves (0-5) at 1-1. GU won the first matchup between the two teams in 2010, 3-2, and Stony Brook won in extra-innings in 2012, 4-3. The Seawolves look for their first win of the season this weekend at the 49er Invite.  Jane Sallen and Allison Cukrov have split a majority of the innings for Stony Brook. Across 13.1 innings, Sallen has surrender 17 hits and six walks, allowing eight earn runs. Cukrov has pitched 16.2 innings for the Seawolves. Cukrov allowed 25 hits in her five appearances. Batters are currently hitting .338 off her.

Georgetown vs. Charlotte, Saturday, noon
The Charlotte 49ers (5-5) recently moved back to .500 with a 4-3 road win against Elon. Charlotte brings four players with at least 20 at bats who are batting .320 or better into the tournament; three of whom are batting .414 and above. Jackie Kleinsmith leads the way with a .531 batting average and .583 on-base percentage. Charlotte has played seven of its 10 games at home this season. Lexi Betancourt has thrown a team-high 36.2 innings, allowing 35 hits and 16 walks while striking out 45. Betancourt has only allowed six earned runs for a 1.15 earned run average. GU and Charlotte have never met before.

The Hoyas will play one additional game on Saturday and a finale game on Sunday. Georgetown’s last two opponents are currently undetermined and are based on 49er Invite results.



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