April 4, 2014
Sunday, April 6
St. John's at Georgetown | noon ET | Live Stats
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown softball team (16-13, 6-0 BIG EAST) hosts St. John's (15-17, 1-4 BIG EAST) in the first BIG EAST home series for the Hoyas of the 2014 season. The two squads will play a doubleheader on Sat., April 5 and a single game on Sun., April 6. Play at Guy Mason Field in Washington, D.C. begins at noon ET on both days.
On Tuesday, Georgetown played Cornell in a midweek doubleheader. The Hoyas came into the games with an eight-game winning streak and extended it to nine games with a 7-1 victory over the Big Red in game one. GU junior starting pitcher Lauren O'Leary (7-6, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) threw a complete game effort in the win where she struck out six and only allowed four hits. Georgetown dropped game two of the doubleheader by a final of 6-0, snapping the Hoyas program-best nine-game winning streak. The previous streak of eight games was set last season.
Georgetown is also off to a program-best 6-0 start in BIG EAST play. As a team, the Hoyas are batting .283 in their six conference games.
While leading GU in most offensive categories, junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) also ranks in the top among all conference players. In addition to five BIG EAST awards, the junior's .402 batting average is the top for players who have at least 25 at-bats on the season. In her 87 at-bats, she has 35 hits, which is good for third in the BIG EAST. Hyson is tied for third in the conference with 22 runs batted in and second in doubles with nine. Coming in to the weekend series, Hyson owns a 13-game hitting streak, the longest for the team all season.
In the circle, Hyson's 115 strikeouts rank fourth among all conference pitchers and her 2.04 earned run average is third for pitchers who have thrown 40.0 or more innings.
Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) is another Hoya on the conference leaderboard. Graziano is tied for first in the BIG EAST with 12 steals in her 14 attempts. With 20 runs she ranks third and only trails the leader by five. Her two triples are tied for first with two other players. Graziano's .302 batting average ranks second on Georgetown and her .383 on-base percentage is third behind senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community).
Among all BIG EAST schools, Georgetown ranks second with 38 doubles and four triples. On the season, GU has drawn 106 walks, which leads all conference teams.
The Hoyas maintain a 5-3 all-time series lead over the St. John's Red Storm. Georgetown won the 2013 series, 2-1, on the road in New York. Two of the three games last year were decided by two runs.
SJU's Jackie Reed leads St. John's in batting average (.391) and on-base percentage (.472). She ranks second in doubles (6), home runs (6), walks (13), total bases (62) and slugging percentage (.674). Reed is 7-for-14 in her team's five BIG EAST games.
Reed and teammate Erin Burner have combined to hit 15 of the team's 17 home runs and have compiled 38.4 percent of the Red Storm's RBI total.
St. John's 17 homes run ranks one ahead of the Hoyas who are at 16. Georgetown's home run total is spread among seven different players.
SJU's Tori Free (6-11) owns a 4.79 earned run average in her 19 starts and 21 total appearances for SJU. She has started four of the team's five conference matchups this season.
The three-game series starts on Sat., April 5 with the first game of the doubleheader at noon. Sunday's single-game matchup also starts at noon. Live stats will be available for all three games. All games will be played at Guy Mason Field in Washington, D.C.