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Hoyas Win Two Shutouts On Friday Over Liberty, Stony Brook

Feb. 28, 2014

Box Score (Georgetown vs. Liberty)
Box Score (Georgetown vs. Stony Brook)

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown softball team (5-6) won its first two games at the 49er Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday with a mercy rule win over the Liberty Lady Flames in the afternoon, 8-0, followed by a 5-0 victory over the Stony Brook Seawolves in the evening. The Hoyas pulled to one game within .500 and are slated to play the host, the Charlotte 49ers tomorrow, Sat., March 1 at noon.

Georgetown 8, Liberty 0
The Hoyas scored the first run of the game to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning in the afternoon win over Liberty. Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) led the inning off with a walk and immediately stole second base for her fourth steal of the season. Then a Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) single put runners on first and third. Senior Hannah Slovacek (Austin, Texas/Westlake) then got a RBI groundout, which scored Graziano and moved Appelbe to second. The Hoyas would draw two two-out walks in the inning, but were not able to score any more runs with the bases loaded.

"Anytime you can grab the lead and control of the game it's to your advantage," said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. "Once we got the lead, the team was able to approach the game in an entirely different way. That first run takes the pressure away."

Junior Lauren O'Leary (2-3, La Canada, Calif./La Canada) pitched another complete game, going the full six innings while only allowing five hits. Three of those hits came in the third inning to load the bases, but O'Leary got out of the one-out jam with a strikeout and a popout to end the threat. O'Leary lowered her season earned run average to 1.52 with the shutout performance, her first of the season. With four strikeouts and zero walks on the day, the junior brought her season strikeout total to 21 with just four walks across 32.1 innings.

Georgetown tacked on another run in the fourth inning to take a 2-0. The Hoyas put runners on first and third with a walk and a fielding error. Slovacek came up with one out and singled through the right side to score sophomore Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline).

O'Leary only allowed two hits from the fourth inning on to greatly limit the Lady Flames' scoring opportunities.

Slovacek continued to be a run-producer for the Hoyas when she belted a two-run double to left field that scored senior Madeline Giaquinto (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell) and freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) in the sixth inning. A. Gargicevich-Almeida reached base on an error to start the inning and was able to advance to second on the same error. Giaquinto pitch hit from Henry and drew a walk. The double gave the Hoyas a comfortable 4-0 sixth-inning lead. But the rally was just getting started. A single by junior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) scored Graziano to give GU a 5-0 lead. Hyson advanced to second on a throwing error, which also brought Slovacek around to score.

The Hoyas continued to take advantage of the four Liberty errors, three which came in the sixth inning when Giovanniello reached base on an error that scored Hyson for the 7-0 lead. Senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) capped off the rally and the game with a double that scored Giovanneillo.

"I'm a believer that you can never have enough runs," said Conlan. "That is our approach. Try to win every inning."

The big six-run sixth inning gave the Hoyas the mercy rule win over the Lady Flames.

Georgetown 5, Stony Brook 0
The Hoyas continued where they left off as they downed the Stony Brook Seawolves, 5-0, in another shutout fashion on Friday. Georgetown got up early in the top of the second inning to take a two-run lead on two hits. Giaquinto walked with one out as Anttila singled her over to second. Anttila extended her hitting streak to six games and has now reached base in seven straight affairs. Giovanniello doubled Giaqunto in for the first run of the game in the following at bat. Anttila eventually scored on a wild pitch in the same inning giving the Hoyas a 2-0 lead in the second inning of play.

The Georgetown pitchers' of O'Leary, who won earlier in the day, and Hyson (3-3) continued to command the strikezones and the games. Hyson started the win over Stony Brook as she earned her first shutout of the season in a complete game, seven inning effort where she stuck out seven while only allowing two hits and a walk.

"I thought out pitchers threw well today," said Conlan. "They did a great job of staying ahead in the count and getting lead outs every inning. Their job is to give us a chance to win and throwing back-to-back shutouts did that today."

Hyson only allowed two singles on the evening; one in the first inning and one in the seventh. She only faced 24 batters in the win. Georgetown did not commit an error for the third time on the season which helped Hyson face a minimum amount of batters. At one point, Hyson had retired 18 straight batters.

The Hoyas added to their lead to make it 3-0 when freshman Gabriela Elvina (Edison, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) drew a walk with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Stony Brook's Allison Cukrov walked the bases loaded before walking Elvina, who was credited with a second RBI of the season on the play.

Giaquinto gave the Hoyas the eventual 5-0 lead with a one out, two run double in the fifth inning. Slovacek started the inning off by reaching base on an error before Hyson singled into center to put runners on first and second. Giaquinto then doubled to center on a 3-2 count, scoring both Slovacek and Hyson. It was her first hit of the season in addition to her first two runs batted in.

"The bats came alive in the game lead by the clutch hits by Maddie Giaquinto and Sam Giovanniello," said Conlan. "Anytime you can put five up on the scoreboard is a good day at the park!"

Saturday, March 1
The Hoyas play Charlotte tomorrow at noon. If Georgetown beats the 49ers, they will play immediately after at 2 p.m. in the #1 vs. #4 games. If they lose the game, they will play in the #2 vs. #3 game at 4 p.m. Georgetown and Charlotte have never met prior to Saturday's matchup.

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