Hofstra Uses Long Ball To Win Ninth CAA Softball Title
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 12, 2012) - Tournament Most Outstanding Player Olivia Galati allowed only one hit and helped her own cause with a three-run home run, leading top-seed Hofstra over Georgia State, 9-1, to win the 2012 CAA Softball Championship in Hempstead, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon.
The win gives the Pride (38-13) its ninth CAA softball crown and earns them an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Junior shortstop Becca Bigler went 3-for-3 with two home runs, three RBIs and senior third baseman Krista Thorn also added a long ball for the Pride. Galati struck out 10 batters in 5.0 innings of work.
Georgia State finished the season at 38-18, as senior pitcher Alana Thomas (11-8) took the loss for the Panthers. Freshman first baseman Lauren Coleman recorded GSU's only hit, with an RBI double.
After Georgia State jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage on Coleman's double in the first inning, the Hofstra bats responded quickly. Bigler sent a deep two-run homer over the left field wall to give the Pride a lead it would never surrender. Three batters later Thorn sent her shot to left field for a solo home run, extending the lead to 3-1.
Bigler poster her 11th homer of the year in the bottom of the third, a solo shot to push the Hofstra advantage to 4-1. Galati and Trippi also scored later in the inning to make it 6-1 Hofstra.
Galati (30-5) pushed the game out of reach in the fourth inning, with two on, blasting a towering shot over the left field wall to extend the Pride's lead to 9-1. It was Galati's fourth home run of the season.
The advantage was more than enough for the junior on the mound, as she closed the game out in style, striking out the side in the fifth inning to finish the tournament off.
Hofstra will learn its NCAA Tournament fate at Sunday night's selection show.
2012 CAA SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Becca Bigler (Hofstra)
Ashley Christy (Georgia State)
Lauren Coleman (Georgia State)
Olivia Galati (Hofstra) (Most Outstanding Player)
Jessica Grisler (Delaware)
Chenxi Jiao (Delaware)
Haley Johnson (James Madison)
Sarah Mooney (James Madison)
Paige Nowacki (Georgia State)
Tori Rocha (Hofstra)
Krista Thorn (Hofstra)