Galati’s Shutout Gives Hofstra Softball 1-0 Victory Over Delaware in Pitchers’ Duel
April 3, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Hofstra sophomore Olivia Galati fired a six-hit shutout as the Pride completed a three-game weekend series sweep by posting a 1-0 victory over the University of Delaware softball team Sunday afternoon at the HU Softball Stadium.
Hofstra, which won its 13th straight game while improving to 22-8 overall and 6-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association, scored the only run of the game during the bottom of the second.
After both teams went scoreless during the first inning Sara Michalowski, who hit her first home run of the season on Saturday, drilled a leadoff homer to right field to put the Pride on top. UD junior pitcher Amanda Stacevicz then walked the next two Hofstra batters, but she quickly regrouped to retire the next three to work out of the jam.
Delaware, which dropped to 10-24 overall and 2-4 in league play, looked to immediately answered in the top of the third as Brittney Noons led off with a single to left and Michelle Grap (at right) followed with a bunt single. A sacrifice bunt by Bertie Lake moved the runners to second and third with one out, but Galati then struck out Jenny Richards swinging and got Michelle McKinnon to fly out to center to keep the Blue Hens off the board.
Delaware got leadoff singles by Lara Andrews and Lake during each of the next two innings, but could not push across a run either time. Hofstra looked for an insurance run during the bottom of the fifth when Rachael Senatore and Michelle Lavagnino led off with a pair of singles but Stacevicz would buckle down from there, striking out the next two batters before retiring Michalowski on a groundout to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Blue Hens attempted to rally one final time during the seventh, as Grap led off by drilling a double to left field. However after Lake popped out on a bunt attempt, Galati struck out Richards and retired McKinnon on a groundout to second to end the game and post her seventh shutout of the year.
Galati improved to 14-5 after allowing six hits and walking two batters while striking out nine for the Pride. Stacevicz was the hard-luck loser for Delaware, falling to 6-8 despite giving up just one earned run on seven hits with four strikeouts.
Grap finished 2 for 3 to record her fourth two-hit game of the season for the Blue Hens while Gina Knutson, Andrews, Noons and Lake each added singles.
Delaware opens a six-game homestand on Wednesday when the Blue Hens host Saint Joseph’s in a single game beginning at 3 p.m.Back To Softball Home Softball Story Archive