March 24, 2016
For the first time this season, the Georgetown University softball team will have a home field advantage as it welcomes St. John's to Guy Mason for its BIG EAST opening series. The teams will open the series with a double header on Friday, March 25 at 1 p.m. and conclude the weekend with a single game on Saturday at noon.
Georgetown is coming into conference play with a record of 5-19, after falling to George Mason, 6-2, earlier this week. The Hoyas conclude pre-league action having matched up against nationally recognized opponents in Arizona State, James Madison and Nebraska.
The Blue & Gray is looking to string together consecutive wins for the first time since its District Invite, March 4-6. The Invite wins were over Maryland (5-4), Robert Morris (6-0) and Columbia (16-1).
At the plate, the Hoyas have continued to receive consistent production from seniors Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial)and Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) and junior Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King). The trio are all batting .308 or higher. Giovanniello leads with a .380 batting average while maintaining a team-best six game hitting streak. The veteran also paces the Hoyas with a team-best 27 runs, including five home runs. Appelbe follows with a .323 batting average with a five multi-hit games this season streak while Gargicevich registers a .308 average with a four-game hitting streak.
Also batting over .300, sophomore Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) leads GU with 25 runs and is second-best 24 hits. The leadoff batter also paces the Hoyas with 11 stolen bases out of 13 attempts.
Over 25 games, Georgetown as a team is averaging a .274 batting average 174 hits and 108 runs.
In the circle, the Hoyas have gotten quality innings from three pitchers, with Giovanniello getting the majority of the starts. Her record sits at 4-12 and she has amassed a 5.59 ERA. She has also fanned 46 strikeouts.
This weekend, Georgetown is welcoming a 13-12 St. John's team. The Red Storm is entering conference play on a five-game win streak after posting a perfect 4-0 mark at the St. John's Invitational. St. John's has registered more hits (+37), runs (+7), doubles (+14), home runs (+2) and fewer strikeouts (-43) than its opponents this season.
Brittany Garcia leads the Johnnies with a .386 batting average with five RBI in St. John's invitational. The junior centerfielder leads the way with seven multi-hit games. Carly Williams has picked it up in the past five games, hitting .429 with four runs and three RBI. She also hit her third home run of the year last game against Howard.
Freshman Madison Morris continued her dominance in the circle last week, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.27 ERA in four appearances.
Live stats for the match up will be available at www.guhoyas.com