March 5, 2015
Under Armour Showcase
Friday, March 6: Georgetown vs. Robert Morris, 1:45 p.m.
Georgetown vs. SIUE, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: Georgetown vs. Western Michigan, 11:15 a.m.
Georgetown vs. Wagner, 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 8: Georgetown vs. Maine, noon
WASHINGTON - The Hoyas are hoping the weather will be more cooperative this weekend when they return to Florida to participate in the Under Armour Showcase hosted by the University of South Florida. Georgetown was in Florida last weekend, but had two games canceled due to rain on Saturday.
Georgetown will play five games from March 6-8 and following a three-day break will have a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 11 with games versus Lehigh and USF in Tampa, Fla.
The weekend will serve as another opportunity for the Blue & Gray to face strong competition as it will play games against 2014 NCAA tournament participant Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Robert Morris, Maine, Wagner and Western Michigan.
Georgetown has one previous meeting with the Colonials of Robert Morris, a 1-0 win at a neutral site in 2011, and will be taking the field against its weekend opponents for the first time.
GU went 1-2 at the Citrus Classic from Feb. 27-March 1, and now sits at 6-5 overall. It dropped games versus the University of Nebraska-Omaha, 7-4, and the No. 24-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 12-3, on Friday. After a rain-soaked Saturday, Georgetown bounced back and defeated Indiana 7-2 on Sunday morning with senior Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) pitching the complete game and moving to 5-1 in the circle. She is one of four pitchers who have seen action for the Hoyas this season.
"We have more depth (at pitcher) than we've ever had," said Head Coach Pat Conlan. "We're utilizing that as best we can. We've gotten some valuable innings from our freshman and we need our senior Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) to continue to do what she does."
The Hoyas will look to bring all facets of the game together this weekend and improve their performances thus far. Despite the cancellations the team has faced due to the weather, GU has received production from its freshmen to its seniors.
Overall, a total of five Hoyas have double digit hits, with sophomore Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) leading the team with 13. She also has eight RBI and has a batting average of .382. Older sister Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King), a senior, has both tripled her home run and RBI total from last season as she has three and nine, respectively.
"Sophia has been working really hard," said Conlan. "She's been given an opportunity and she doesn't want to give it up. It's really fun to see her perform right now, she's focused and she's really helped us out so far."
Freshman Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) has also been big for the Blue & Gray. Kane has been batting leadoff for Georgetown and is third on the team with a batting average of .324 with 12 hits and 12 runs. She is 5-of-5 for stolen bases on the season; the latter two categories are currently third and second in the league, respectively.
"She has really good speed and really wreaks havoc on a defense," Conlan said. "Once we get her on base the sky is the limit for us. You have great bats coming from behind, we can steal bases and she really sets the tone for us offensively."
Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) has a team high 11 RBI to accompany her 11 hits and eight runs scored.
"This will be a very competitive tournament for us, with good quality competition," said Conlan.
The Hoyas will play Robert Morris and SIUE on Friday with the first pitch against the Colonials scheduled for 1:45 p.m.