April 24, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Hoyas (22-20, 8-7 BIG EAST) only needed five innings to beat the Towson Tigers (25-19) on Thursday afternoon at Guy Mason Field by the final of 10-1. After two prior postponements, Georgetown and Towson were finally able to play its scheduled game with clear and sunny skies. The midweek victory came as the 22nd on the season for GU, breaking a record for wins in a season.
"Every win is important and it tells the story of our season," said Georgetown Head Coach Pat Conlan. "To break our regular-season wins record shows what an impact these young women have had on our program."
The Hoyas scored three runs in the first and six in the third to fuel a mercy-rule victory that included junior Megan Hyson (W, 13-11, Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) throwing 5.0 innings of one-hit softball with nine strikeouts. Hyson lost her chance at a second no-hitter with a triple to start the fifth inning.
"Meg pitched very well today," said Conlan. "Throwing a one-hitter is impressive, especially against a strong-hitting Towson team."
Hyson struck out the side, all swinging, in the top half of the first inning. She then proceeded to strikeout four of her next six batters faced. With 167 strikeouts in 149.0 innings, the junior is averaging 1.12 K/IP.
Hyson also contributed to her own cause as the plate, belting a three-run home run to right center in the bottom of the first to put the Hoyas up, 3-0. The homer came as Hyson's team-best seventh. Senior Elyse Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) started the game with a single through the right side after working a full count. Sophomore Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) then reached on a fielder's choice when she hit a hard groundball to third. The Tigers tried to get the force out at second, but could not get the second basemen over to the bag in time to beat Graziano.
The GU offensive prowess continued in the third when the Blue & Gray scored six runs on six hits. Senior Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) tallied a two-run single to start the scoring and junior Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) followed it up with an RBI single through the right side, scoring her younger sister, freshman Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King). Sophomore Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) then scored Anttila on a single to right center. GU used five-straight singles to score four runs with one out.
Appelbe concluded the six-run push with a two-run triple with two outs. The hit came as the sophomore's first-career triple at Georgetown
"The team swung the bats well throughout the entire lineup," said Conlan. "It was a great team win and just the boost we needed going into our weekend with Providence."
The Hoyas scored one more run behind an Anttila single to second base in the fourth. The senior beat the throw as the second baseman dove for the ball in the hole. The throw, which was wide of the first baseman, scored senior Rachel Nersesian (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) on the play, who came into the game as a pinch runner.
Going into the fifth inning with a no-hitter and a 10-run lead, Hyson took Towson's Delanie Dunham to a full count with no outs, but Dunham ripped an opposite base hit down the right field line that rolled to the fence. Dunham ended up on third base after a slide and a close throw.
Hyson has given up one hit or less in three starts this season. The junior has also only walked four batters in her last four starts.
The Blue & Gray play its second-to-last BIG EAST three-game series this weekend in Providence, R.I. The Hoyas will face the Friars (5-24, 3-11 BIG EAST) in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 26 followed by a single game on Sunday. Games start at noon ET on both days.
_The Hoyas used 11 hits from eight different players to win by the eventual 10-1.
_The ten runs scored tied a season high for Georgetown. GU scored 10 at Charlotte on March 2.
_Elyse Graziano, Alexandria Anttila and Taylor Henry all recorded multi-hit games.
_Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida went 3-for-6 in the two midweek games against GW and Towson with two runs scored, two RBI and a double.
_Megan Hyson is 5-for-10 over her last five games, dating back to the Butler series. The junior has six RBI, a triple and a home run over that time.
_Georgetown outscored GW and Towson 15-5 this week. The Hoyas recorded 16 hits including four for extra bases, drawing eight walks while only striking out seven times.