March 6, 2014
Friday, March 7 in Northridge, Calif.
Georgetown vs. Grand Canyon | 9 a.m. PT | noon ET
Oregon State vs. Georgetown | 3 p.m. PT | 6 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 8 in Northridge, Calif.
CSUN vs. Georgetown | 9 a.m. PT | noon ET
Sunday March 9 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Georgetown vs. UNLV | 11:30 a.m. PT | 2:30 p.m. ET
UCLA vs. Georgetown | 5 p.m. PT | 8 p.m. ET
The Hoyas travel to California for the first time since the Bayer Cropscience Classic in mid-March 2010. The Hoyas faced CSUN in the tournament but fell 4-3. It was the only time that Georgetown and CSUN had ever met.
Georgetown won the 49er Invitational last weekend in Charlotte, N.C. with a 10-0 championship win over the host, the Charlotte 49ers. The tournament featured four Georgetown shutout victories, two GU home runs and a no-hitter thrown by junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake).
The Hoyas look to continue their recent hot streak as they play all west coast teams, three of whom Georgetown has never faced, in the CSUN/UCLA Invitational.
Hyson leads the team in batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.480), slugging percentage (.600), walks (9), hits (14) and extra base hits (7). In addition to her numbers at the plate, Hyson boasts a 1.70 earned run average across 49.1 innings in the circle for the Hoyas. The junior has thrown seven complete games, striking out 38 while limiting her opponents to a .168 batting average. In her last 19 innings, she has only walked four while surrendering just four hits. She has not allowed an earned run in her last 22.1 innings.
Senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community), who hit a grand slam last Saturday against Stony Brook, was named the College Sports Madness BIG EAST Softball Player of the Week for her play at the 49er Invite. Last weekend, she went 5-for-13 with two doubles, four walks, two runs and five runs batted in. The senior looks to extend her eight game hitting streak, which is the longest streak on the team this year. She has also safely reached base in her last 10 games. Anttila has made 14 starts in right field this season and sits right behind Hyson in most offensive stats; batting average (.286), on-base percentage (.405), slugging percentage (.514). She leads the squad with her two home runs on the year.
With four doubles on the season, senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) owns a team-best 13 runs batted in. Last season, Slovacek had three extra base hits in 49 games.
The trip to California will be a homecoming for four Hoyas, three of whom are from southern California. Senior Rachel Nersesian (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) hails from northern California while junior Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada), junior Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) and freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) are from southern California. Sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) will also be within range of her home state of Arizona with Interstate 10 connecting Phoenix and Los Angeles via a five to six hour drive.
The Antelopes (9-9), like the Hoyas, would like to maintain their .500 record, but one of the teams will fall below the mark, at least for a few hours, as they face each other on Friday morning at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET). Grand Canyon features five players batting above .340 while four different pitchers have made at least three starts for the team. Three of the Antelopes’ four games were cancelled last week at the San Diego Classic due to rain. GCU defeated the University of San Diego, 3-1, on March 2 in its lone game for the tournament. Grand Canyon’s last time on the field was in a 9-7 loss to Cal State Fullerton on Wed., March 5.
The Oregon State Beavers (6-11) were only able to play one out of five games last week at the Long Beach State Invite. They won their only matchup against Cal State Fullerton, 5-2, on Thurs., Feb 27. The Hoyas and Beavers have never met prior to this Friday’s matchup. Five Oregon State players are hitting .300 on the season.
The Matadors (9-8) met the Hoyas once before in 2010, defeating Georgetown, 4-3. The Hoyas will face CSUN again as they look to even the series up on Saturday. CSUN has won its last three games dating back to Sun., Feb 23. The Matadors have seven players hitting above .300. As a collective team, CSUN is batting exactly .300.
The Hoyas will face UNLV for the first time on Sunday. On the season, UNLV has a 6-11 record while facing six top 25 teams in their 17 total games. Las Vegas has three players hitting at least .340 on the season. Pauline Monreal leads the way for UNLV with a .396 average, .455 obp and .854 slugging percentage. Monreal has a team-best 11 extra base hits including a team-leading five home runs and 19 runs batted in.
Georgetown is also facing the undefeated, 16-0 UCLA Bruins for first time on Sunday evening. The Bruins are currently ranked No. 4 in the nation, according to the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Top 25 Poll. UCLA features an astounding eight players batting at least .300, four of whom are above .375. The Bruins have six women with 10-plus runs batted in through their 16 games on the season. UCLA has thrown three pitchers this year who are collectively 16-0, while only allowing nine earned runs through 106.0 innings on the year.
Matador Diamond, CSUN
Easton Stadium, UCLA
Note: The 29th annual LA Marathon is taking place on Sun., March 9. The race starts at Dodger Stadium and will conclude in Santa Monica, Calif. For more details about street closure information, visit lamarathon.com
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