Softball Plays at UMBC on Wednesday, at Drexel on Thursday

Graziano in CF.

April 9, 2014

Wednesday, April 9
Georgetown at UMBC | 2:30 p.m. ET | Live Stats 

Thursday, April 10
Georgetown at Drexel | 3:30 p.m. ET | Live Stats

WASHINGTON – The Georgetown softball team (17-15, 7-2 BIG EAST) will play two non-conference games over the next two days as part of a five-game road stretch. The Hoyas take on UMBC today, Wed., April 9 in Baltimore, Md. at 2:30 p.m. ET before traveling to Philadelphia, Pa. on Thurs., April 10 to face Drexel at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The Hoyas dropped two out of three games this past weekend at Guy Mason Field in the squad’s BIG EAST home opener against St. John’s. Georgetown won the first game of a doubleheader on Sat., April 5 in extra-innings, 1-0, on a game-winning, sacrifice fly by freshman catcher Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr). The Hoyas dropped the next two games though, 12-2 on Saturday and 9-6 on Sunday.

Junior starting pitcher Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) pitched a complete game in the team’s ten-inning, 1-0 win over the Red Storm on Saturday. O’Leary, 8-7, owns a 3.15 earned run average across 93.1 innings for the Hoyas this season.

Junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) has reached base safely at least once in her last 16 games. She leads the squad in most offensive categories including batting average (.394), on-base percentage (.487), slugging percentage (.638), hits (37), doubles (9), home runs (4), extra-base hits (14), runs batted in (23) and walks (17) in Georgetown’s 32 games. In the circle, Hyson owns a 2.47 earned run average in 113.1 innings with 124 strikeouts. Hyson has four double-digit strikeout performances in her 17 starts.

Senior centerfielder Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) ranks second on GU with a .314 batting average. She is 10-for-26 over her last seven games. The senior is the only Hoya to have a four-hit game this season which she accomplished in the first BIG EAST game of the year against Villanova. Graziano has stolen 12 bases in 15 attempts and is one off the conference lead. Her 22 runs scored are first on Georgetown and tied for third in the BIG EAST.

UMBC is 22-14 on the season including a 7-6 home record. The Retrievers recently dropped three games in a series at Binghamton. UMBC leads the all-time series against Georgetown, 4-6, though the Hoyas have won the last two meetings. Junior Taylor Hall is hitting a team-best .407 with 11 doubles and eight home runs.

Drexel has won four of the six games between the Hoyas since 2008.  The Hoyas fell to Drexel last year, 3-1, in an eight-inning game. Drexel is 13-14 on the 2014 season with a 5-2 mark at home. Junior infielder Leticia Matsuoka leads the squad with a .385 average, 23 runs batted in and 20 walks. Senior Taylor Shelby, who has 20 runs batted in at the plate, has started 14 games in the circle with a 2.33 earned run average across 90.0 innings. Drexel faces Monmouth on Wednesday before matching up against the Hoyas on Thursday.

Live stats will be available for both games.

After the two midweek matchups on the road, Georgetown travels to Chicago to take on DePaul in a three-game BIG EAST series over the weekend.



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