May 6, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior softball player Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) was selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team and four Hoyas earned all-league honors when awards were announced on Tuesday prior to the start of the BIG EAST Tournament.
Georgetown finished in third place in the BIG EAST Conference and qualified for the league tournament for the second-straight year. The Hoyas, 26-21 overall and 12-8 in the BIG EAST, set a school record for wins this season. GU is the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and will play No. 2 St. John's on Friday, May 9 in Chicago.
Graziano, a centerfielder, is only the second Georgetown player to be named All-BIG EAST First Team, joining former catcher Shakira Lowe (C'13), who was honored last season.
She was one of four Hoyas to earn all-league honors, joined by junior pitcher/utility player Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), senior outfielder Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) and sophomore outfielder Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial), who were all named to the second team.
Graziano is batting .297 (44-for-148), with four doubles, two triples, 30 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. During BIG EAST play, she hit .375 (24-for-64), with two doubles, 15 runs scored and six RBI. Graziano is second on the team in batting average, posted 11 multi-hit games and leads the team with 19 stolen bases, which ranks first in the BIG EAST.
Hyson, who was an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection last year as a sophomore, was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week twice during the 2014 season and selected to the weekly honor roll three times this year. At the plate, she leads Georgetown with a .379 average and has team-highs in hits (50, doubles (10), home runs (7) and RBI (32). She ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in batting average, fourth in slugging percentage (.644), second in on-base percentage (.491) and is tied for fourth in RBI. As a pitcher, she has a 15-11 record with a 2.38 earned run average and leads the team with a 164.2 innings pitched.
Anttila, who was an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection last year during her junior season, was third on the team in batting with a .283 average (34-for-120). She started 46 games in right field, posted nine multi-hit games and had five multi-RBI games. Anttila ranks fourth on the team in RBI (21), third with 21 walks and third with a .393 on-base percentage.
This is the first all-league honor for Giovanniello, who is fourth on the team with a .276 batting average (40-for-145). Giovanniello, who has started 24 games in left field and 15 at second base, is third on the team with 22 RBI and third on the team with 40 hits. In BIG EAST games, she hit .302 (19-for-63), with 10 runs scored and 10 RBI.
Georgetown players have earned All-BIG EAST honors 10 times, while Graziano and Giovanniello earning all-league honors mark the fifth and sixth individuals, respectively, to be named All-BIG EAST. The Hoyas have had two first team selections, five second team nods and three third team honorees.