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Courtesy: CAA
Hofstra's Sara Michalowski


Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 05/12/2011
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 12, 2011) - Pride senior and CAA Player of the Year Sara Michalowski scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as top-seeded Hofstra outlasted second-seeded Georgia State by a score of 1-0 in game three of the CAA Softball Championship at the Hofstra Softball Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.

Sophomore pitcher Olivia Galati and classmate Tessa Ziemba joined Michalowski with hits for the Pride in the win. The underclassmen had their bats going for the Panthers as sophomore Whitney Phillips and freshmen Jessica Clifton and Maddy Stanton recorded the team's three hits in the losing effort.

Galati turned in a complete game for the Pride to earn the win (29-7), allowing three hits while walking one and striking out 10 in seven innings of work. Junior Alana Thomas was tabbed with the loss, giving up three hits and one run while walking one and fanning four.

With the win, Hofstra improves to 40-11 on the year and advances to the championship game on Friday at Noon. The Panthers, who fall to 33-23, will face the Towson/Delaware winner today at 5:00 p.m. The winner of that game advances to face the Pride in tomorrow's championship game.

Hofstra looked to strike first in the bottom of the second inning as Michalowski reached base on a leadoff single sent perfectly over GSU third baseman Chelsea Sparks. After sophomore Tessa Ziemba flied out to center field, Galati came in and dropped a bloop single in right field to send Michalowski to third. A Laura Valentino strikeout and Thorn groundout would leave both base runners stranded to end the inning.

Clifton was the first Panther and just the second player in the tournament to get a hit off Galati, sending a line drive to center field for a single in the third inning. She would get no farther than first, as sophomore Brenna Morrissey grounded out to Hofstra second baseman Jess Hirschbuhl to finish the top of the frame.

The next hit would not come until the top of the fifth for the Panthers when Phillips beat the throw for a two-out single. She would reach third base moments later when Stanton found the right side gap for a single of her own. Clifton looked to play hero but was denied the opportunity after popping out to Pride shortstop Trisha Dreslinski.

The Pride finally found its stride in the bottom of the seventh inning. After Michalowski got things going by reaching base on a fielder's choice, Ziemba singled to right center to advance Michalowski to third. Valentino stepped in after Galati, who was intentionally walked to load the bases, and put the ball into play to drive Michalowski home on an error by GSU shortstop Paige Nowacki and send the Pride into tomorrow's championship game for the second straight year.

2011 CAA Softball Championship

Wednesday, May 11
Game 1: #1 Hofstra 9, #4 Delaware 0 (F/5)

Game 2: #2 Georgia State 3, #3 Towson 2 (F/12)

Thursday, May 12
Game 3: Hofstra 1, Georgia State 0 (F)

Game 4: Delaware (21-33) vs. Towson (27-25), 2:30 p.m.

Game 5: Georgia State (33-23) vs. Game 4 winner, 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13 (championship round)

Game 6: Hofstra (40-11) vs. Game 5 winner, 12:00 p.m.

Game 7: same two teams (if necessary), 30 minutes following