Feb. 11, 2016
The Georgetown University softball team is opening the 2016 season in Charleston, S.C. at the Charleston Southern tournament where it will face three teams in four games over the weekend. The Blue & Gray will suit up and take the field against Towson on Friday at 9 a.m. in the first game of the season.
Georgetown will also face Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) on Friday at 11 a.m. while concluding the tournament with two games on Saturday against Towson and host, Charleston Southern (CSU) at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Live stats for all games can be found on the Georgetown softball schedule at www.guhoyas.com
Coming into 2016, the Hoyas are beginning their 11th season on the Hilltop, under the direction of head coach Pat Conlan. Georgetown brings along 10 returners and four incoming freshman. Sophomore Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington), junior Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) and seniors Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) and Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) started all 47 games for the Hoyas in 2015, providing GU with a combined total of 144 hits and 61 RBI.
Towson (35-22): The Tigers are coming off their 13th 30-win season under head coach Lisa Costello. Last season's 35 wins were the most since 2008. Towson qualified for the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament for the third-consecutive season and 11th time under Costello. In 2016, the Tigers were picked to finish fifth in CAA preseason poll. This is the 10th overall meeting between the Hoyas and the Tigers. Last season, Towson swept the Hoyas last season in a doubleheader to take 7-3 favor in the all-time record between the teams.
Charleston Southern (31-28): Charleston Southern was picked to finish third in the Big South Conference Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Bucs roster features a young, but experienced roster led by senior Natalie Yonan, all-conference selections Amanda Matsumoto and Cheyenne Gandara, and all-tournament selection Stephanie Bergmann. This is the first meeting between Georgetown and Charleston Southern since 2011 where CSU defeated the Hoyas, 8-6.
IPFW (3-45): The Matadons won three games in 2015. Emily Olszewski is the leading returning hitter for IPFW (.245 average), which competes in the Summit League. The Blue & Gray last saw IPFW in 2007 when the Hoyas defeated the Matadons, 11-5.