Samantha Giovanniello hit a grand slam to help the Hoyas salvage a split in the BIG EAST series.

Softball

Giovanniello's Grand Slam Leads Georgetown Past St. John's

March 25, 2016

Final Stats

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown softball team split Friday's doubleheader versus St. John's dropping the first game, 14-5, before coming back and defeating the Red Storm, 6-4 in the second game. With the split, the Hoyas improve to 6-20 overall and 1-1 in BIG EAST play.

Game 1: St. John's 14, Georgetown 5

The Hoyas controlled the opening game for three innings, but a five run-fourth inning, gave St. John's just enough momentum to push past the Hoyas.

Both Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) and Delaney Osterday (Oconomowoc, Wis./Oconomowoc) saw action in the circle for game one. Giovanniello took the loss after pitching five innings and giving up 12 runs off of five hits. Osterday pitched the final two innings and gave up the final two runs off of four hits.

GU was on the board early as Taylor Henry (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) put up a sacrifice fly to center field and brought in Grace Appelbe (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) for the 1-0 lead. Theresa Kane (Mystic, Conn./Stonington) followed up with a single to second base that allowed Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King) to cross home and increase the Hoya lead to 2-0.

St. John's responded with three runs off of one hit to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the third, but the Hoyas fired back with three more runs in bottom of the inning as Giovanniello singled to center field and Olivia Russ doubled to left field.

With Georgetown leading 5-2, the Red Storm used a five-run fourth inning to jump ahead, 8-5. The rally was highlighted by a grand slam from Savannah Warren. St. John's added four more runs in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh inning to end the game in a Red Storm, 14-5 victory.

Seven different Hoyas had hits in the loss, with Kane, Giovanniello and Appelbe have two-hit efforts, for a total of 10 hits.

Game 2: Georgetown 6, St. John's 4

Giovanniello pitched the complete game and picked up her fifth win of the season to move 5-13 in the circle. In her complete game effort the senior only allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits.

After a quiet first and second inning, St. John's got going with four runs in the third. The Red Storm used a GU error and two singles to load the bases, before Brittany Garcia delivered a two-run single. A double steal from Hannah Anderson and Garcia would help set up Warren's two-run base hit to make it 4-0.

Quick to respond, the Hoyas got on the board as Kane led the inning off with a double and came around to score on a sac fly from Giovanniello to cut the deficit to 4-1.

Still in the game, the Blue & Gray used three singles from Kelly Amen (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), Kane and Mallory Belknap (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) to load the bases. The fifth Hoya to bat in the inning, Giovanniello cashed in with a grand slam to put Georgetown up on her fifth RBI of the game. Appelbe doubled in another run to give the Hoyas a 6-4 lead forcing St. John's to make a pitching change from Grace Kramer to Madison Morris.

Strong pitching from Giovanniello kept the St. John's offense in check for the remainder of the game, securing the 6-4 Hoya victory. The win was Georgetown's first win over St. John's since 2014.

The Hoyas and the Red Storm will play the rubber match tomorrow morning at Guy Mason Field. First pitch is slated for noon.

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