Galati Leads Hofstra Over Delaware, 9-0 in Five Innings, as Pride Completes CAA Weekend Sweep of Blue Hens
April 7, 2012
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- Hofstra University junior Olivia Galati fired a two-hit shutout and went 4 for 4 at the plate to lead the Pride over the University of Delaware, 9-0 in five innings, in Colonial Athletic Association softball action Sunday afternoon at the UD Softball Stadium.
The Pride, who also swept a doubleheader from the Blue Hens on Saturday, won their 14th straight game while improving to 18-12 overall and 8-0 in conference play. Delaware fell to 8-32-1 overall and 2-7 in the league.
Hofstra looked to take the early lead on one-out singles by Becca Bigler and Galati in the top of the first, but after Tessa Ziemba singled, Blue Hen rightfielder Rachel Jones (at right) threw out Bigler at the plate to keep the game scoreless. However Erin Trippi followed with a sharp groundball into left, driving home Galati with the first run of the game. The Pride still had two runners on with two outs, but UD leftfielder Maggie Creciun made a diving catch on a foul ball hit by Courtney Crews to end the inning.
The Pride added a run in the third after Blue Hen starter Chenxi Jiao retired the first two batters as Galati doubled, went to third on a single to right by Ziemba, and scored on a single to center by Trippi. Hofstra again rallied with two outs in the fourth, as after the Pride had runners on second and third, Bigler lined a two-run single to leftfield to increase the margin to 4-0. Hannah Rust then replaced Jiao in the circle for Delaware, but the first batter she faced was Galati, who singled to rightfield to chase home Bigler and make it a five-run game.
After the Pride loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, Galati drove home all three runners with a double into the gap in rightcenter, increasing Hofstra’s lead to 8-0. Kathleen Conway then took over in the circle for Delaware, but Ziemba greeted her with a double off the rightfield fence, plating Galati with Hofstra’s final run.
Galati improved to 13-5 in the circle for the Pride, allowing only two hits and no walks while striking out nine batters. Jiao fell to 2-17 for Delaware after giving up five runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings of work.
Alicea Coy (at left) doubled to rightcenter in the fourth while Jones doubled to right in the seventh to account for the two Blue Hen hits.
Delaware returns to action on Wednesday when the Blue Hens travel to Rider for a 3 p.m. doubleheader with the Broncs.Back To Softball Home Softball Story Archive