Richmond, Va. – Former Hofstra softball standoutwas one of just 29 female spring sports student-athletes to receive a NCAA postgraduate scholarship, it was announced today.
Galati, who was the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year and a second-team All-America selection by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, was one of just 11 softball players that earned the $7,500 award.
To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution’s faculty athletics representative.
The CAA has had 24 student-athletes receive NCAA postgrad honors, with the most recent selections coming in 2011 with Towson cross country standout Brandi Gervais and fellow Hofstra alum Tiffany Yovino of the Pride's women's soccer program.
In May, Galati was named to the Capital One Academic All-America softball team, The Academic All-America recognition was the first of Galati's career. The West Babylon, N.Y. native is a two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year for softball, earning those honors in 2011 and 2012.
Galati, a physical education major with a 3.60 GPA, Galati posted a 40-12 record with a 1.42 ERA while striking out 395 batters in 341 innings. Named as the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year four times, she currently lead all Division I pitchers in wins and shutouts (22). Galati is currently playing professional for the New York/New Jersey Comets in the National Pro Fastpitch league, where she was second overall selection in the league’s draft.
Created in 1964, the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes. Similar awards are given each season to fall and winter student-athletes, totaling 174 individual winners.