April 1, 2016
The Georgetown University softball team is traveling to Chicago, Ill. this weekend for a three-game series against conference foe DePaul University. The Hoyas currently sit at 6-21 overall and 1-2 in BIG EAST play after dropping two-of-three games to St. John's last weekend at Guy Mason Field. DePaul holds an 11-20 overall record and a 3-0 showing in conference play.
This is the 14th series matchup between the two teams since 2010. Last year, GU defeated DePaul, 5-4, for the first time in a nine-inning affair to pick up its third BIG EAST win of the 2015 season.
Senior Samantha Giovanniello (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) led the Blue & Grey with five RBI against St. John's last weekend, belting a grand slam to go along with a sacrifice fly. Her performance at the plate helped the Hoyas to their first BIG EAST victory of the 2016 season with a 6-4 win over the Johnnies, garnering herself a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Giovanniello has recorded at a least one hit in Georgetown's last eight games. She is first on the team with a .382 batting average while also igniting the Hoya offense with 29 hits and 24 runs. Giovanniello also leads GU with six home runs.
Adding depth to the Hoya offense is sophomore Theresa Kane. The leadoff hitter guides the Hoyas with a league-best 27 runs. The lead-off hitter has also displayed a quickness that has allowed her to go for a team-best 11-of-14 in stolen base attempts.
DePaul is entering the series with a four-game winning streak, including a three-game sweep over Villanova last weekend. In the circle, the Blue Demons are led by Morgan Maize, who went 3-1 against Villanova with 15 strikeouts over 25.0 innings for a 0.84 ERA and was honored as the BIG EAST Pitcher of the week. At the plate, DePaul was led by Dylan Christensen who posted a .667 batting average, including five runs and four RBI against Villanova. Overall, as a team, DePaul registers a .273 batting average with 124 runs.
Saturday's doubleheader at the Cacciatore Stadium is scheduled for a 1 p.m. EST start. The teams will conclude the series on Sunday with first pitch set for noon.