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Softball Hosts DePaul For BIG EAST Weekend Series

April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown softball team is looking to rebound from a Wednesday doubleheader loss at Towson this weekend when it welcomes DePaul to Guy Mason Field for a three-game BIG EAST matchup. Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for a noon start, the series is the second to last home stand for the Hoyas.

GU goes into the weekend series with an overall record of 12-22 and a 2-5 mark in conference play. DePaul sits at 13-17 overall, but has a mark of 5-0 in BIG EAST play. The teams have played 10 games dating back to 2010 and DePaul has the all-time 10-0 advantage over the Blue & Gray.

The Hoyas are looking to rebound from a midweek doubleheader at Towson that saw Georgetown fall 8-0 in the first game and drop a tightly-contest second game by a final of 5-4. Both games were five innings as the first was called due to run differential and the second was shortened for darkness.

Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) and Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) were the two Hoyas who recorded base hits for the Blue & Gray in the loss.

In game two, Appelbe hit a three-run shot over the center field fence. It was her third of the season to give Georgetown a 3-1 lead in the top of the second inning. The home run was Appelbe's fourth hit in five games. She has recorded a hit in the last three contests. GU added to the lead in the top of the fifth to make it 4-1, but was unable to hold on and fell as Towson scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to claim victory.

Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) also recorded a hit in game two for GU. Giovanniello has a team-high 31 hits in 2015, freshman Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) is second on the team in that category with 30. Kane also has a team and BIG EAST-leading 24 runs scored, she is 14-of-18 in stolen bases which is second in the conference.

Both Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and Avery Geehr (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra) saw action for the Blue & Gray at Towson. Geehr started her eighth game of the season in game one and went 4.2 innings with one strikeout. The freshman is 1-9 on the season with 16 strikeouts over 47.2 innings in the circle.

Hyson got the start in game two and with the loss fell to 9-10. She is second in the BIG EAST in strikeouts, however, with a total of 121. Over her 119.2 innings of work, Hyson has an ERA of 3.22, which is sixth in the conference.

DePaul most recently faced off against Louisville on April 8 and dropped the game 5-0. Morgan Maize recorded a hit against the Cardinals and is now riding an eighth-game hit streak. She is second on the team in hits with a total of 31 and she also has six home runs and 21 RBI to her name.

The Blue Demons have three pitchers who have seen action in the circle this season. Mary Connolly leads the way for DePaul with seven wins over 81 innings of action. Connolly has an ERA of 6.74 with 36 strikeouts.

Georgetown and DePaul will square off on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for noon ET.

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