March 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - After going 0-5 last week at the UCLA/CSUN Invitational, the Georgetown softball team (7-12) plays its final tournament of the spring when they travel up to Hempstead, N.Y. for the Hofstra Invitational on Sat., March 15 and Sun., March 16.
The Hoyas play two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. Georgetown opens the weekend against Fairfield at 9:30 a.m. and Columbia at 2 p.m. before taking on Hofstra on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. Following the matchup against Hofstra, Georgetown will play a final, fourth game in the form of a championship game at 2 p.m. or a consolation game at 4:15 p.m.
The Blue & Gray traveled to southern California last weekend for five games. Though the Hoyas went 0-5 in the Invitational, they lost two games by less than two runs, including a loss to No. 4 UCLA, 3-1, on Sunday.
For her play in the five-game California tournament, Georgetown junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) was selected to the BIG EAST Softball Honor Roll this past Monday. It marked the third time this season that Hyson earned a BIG EAST award. Hyson currently leads the team in most offensive stats on the season including batting average (.375), on-base percentage (.478), slugging percentage (.554), hits (21), doubles (5), extra base hits (7), runs batted in (14) and walks (10). In addition to her time at the plate, the junior has logged 68.1 innings in the circle with 56 strikeouts and a 2.05 earned run average while limiting her opponents to a .193 batting average.
Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake), currently a senior, has developed more power since her junior campaign. Last year, Slovacek had three extra bases hits in 49 games with a .297 slugging percentage. So far this season though her 19 appearances and 18 starts, the senior has recorded four doubles in her 13 total hits and a .321 slugging percentage.
Five players on Georgetown's squad have 12 hits or more on the season. Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community), who has 12 hits on the season including two home runs and three doubles, ranks second on the team with a.386 on-base percentage and .447 slugging percentage.
Georgetown owns an efficient running game on the basepaths, swiping 13 bases on 18 attempts. Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) leads the pack with seven stolen bases on a .777 success rate. The tournament will be a homecoming for Graziano, who is from Floral Park, N.Y., a short distance from where Hofstra University is located in Hempstead, N.Y. Graziano and sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./ Xavier College Prep) have each reached safely in the last six games and bring those streaks into the Hofstra Invitational.
Fairfield | Saturday, March 15 | 9:30 a.m.
Fairfield University, a fellow Jesuit institution, is 2-5 on the season with three rain outs and cancellations. The Fairfield Stags own victories over Lamar University, 2-1, and Dartmouth College, 7-3. In their small sample sizes, the Stags have three players batting above .333 with at least 15 at-bats. Fairfield owns a 2-1 series lead over the Hoyas with two wins over Georgetown in 2007. The Hoyas won the most recent matchup in 2013 via a 5-0 shutout.
Columbia | Saturday, March 15 | 2 p.m.
Through seven games this season, Columbia University owns a 1-6 mark with the lone victory coming over Hartford in a 7-3 defeat on March 1. Columbia and Georgetown have met once previously in 2007 with the Hoyas edging the Lions, 1-0.
Hofstra | Sunday, March 16 | 11:45 a.m.
The Hofstra Pride are off to a 11-3 start this season and are currently receiving votes in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll. The Pride are off to the second-best start in program history. At one point this season, Hofstra won eight-straight games. The Pride has six players batting .350 or better with at least 40 at-bats. Senior outfielder Rachael Senatore leads the squad with a .373 batting average and 19 hits while senior Becca Bingler owns a team-best .510 on-base percentage. With three home runs on the season, junior Erin Trippi ranks first on Hofstra with a.625 slugging percentage while sophomore Kim Smith has recorded a team-high seven extra base hits. Hosftra's primary starting pitcher Morgan Lashley is 8-0 on the season with a 1.45 earned run average and is limiting her opponents to a .188 batting average. Lashley, a junior, owns a .948 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched). This will be the first ever matchup between Georgetown and Hofstra.
Championship and Consolation Games | Sunday, March 16
Following Georgetown's three games on Saturday and Sunday, the Blue & Gray will either play in the championship game at 2 p.m. on Sunday or the consolation game immediately following at 4:15 p.m.