Galatiís Perfect Game Sends Hofstra to the Title Game of the CAA Softball Championship
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 9, 2013) – Senior pitcher Olivia Galati tossed her NCAA-record fifth career perfect game as top-seeded Hofstra advanced to the title game of the CAA Softball Championship with an 8-0 victory over second-seeded James Madison Thursday at the Hofstra Softball Stadium.
Hofstra (42-11) advanced to tomorrow’s Noon championship game where it will be looking to capture its 10th CAA championship. JMU (40-14) returns to action at 7:30 p.m. tonight to face the winner of this evening’s elimination game between third-seeded Delaware and fourth-seeded Towson.
Galati (36-10), the 2013 CAA Pitcher of the Year, struck out 10 batters while throwing only 62 pitches (50 for strikes). It was the first perfect game in CAA Tournament history and the second no-hitter, which Galati also tossed in 2010. JMU sophomore pitcher Heather Kiefer (14-7) took the loss after allowing five runs off five hits and walking three in 3.0 innings.
Senior outfielder Tessa Ziemba paced the Pride offense with three hits, including a two-run home run and three RBI. Galati also helped her own cause at the plate finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI. Senior infielder Jess Hirschbuhl and freshman outfielder Caryn Bailey each recorded a hit and an RBI for the Pride.
Hofstra was first on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third with a Ziemba RBI single that scored Galati, who opened the inning with a leadoff single. Galati recorded her second hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single that scored Baily and senior infielder Becca Bigler to push the Pride lead to 3-0.
Galati scored the fourth run for the Pride later in the inning off a wild pitch from sophomore pitcher Miranda Kemp. However, the big blow in the inning would come from Ziemba who smashed a two-run homer over the left centerfield wall to push the Pride lead to 6-0 heading to the fifth inning.
The Pride added another insurance run in the bottom of the fifth from a Bailey RBI triple that scored Bigler to stretch the lead to 7-0. Hirschbuhl ended the game in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single.
All games throughout the championship will be video-streamed live on CAA.TV for FREE. The streams will also be simulcast on a combination of CSNWashington.com, CSNBaltimore.com and CSNPhilly.com. Live stats will also be available on CAASports.com on CAA Softball Championship Central.