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2012 CAA Softball Final Report

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 06/20/2012
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CAA SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Hofstra earned its ninth CAA Softball title with three victories (one over Delaware and two over Georgia State). Most Outstanding Player Olivia Galati went 3-0 in the circle for the Pride posting a 0.37 ERA, giving up just seven hits, two runs (one earned) and striking out 35, including tying a tournament record 14 in the first outing against GSU. Becca Bigler led the team batting .667 with six hits in nine at-bats and two home runs and four RBI. Delaware and James Madison also participated in the tournament. Hofstra secured an automatic bid to the NCAAs with the championship title.

HOFSTRA IN THE NCAA'S: The Hofstra softball team defeated No. 12 seed UCLA in the opening round of the Los Angeles Regional before taking a pair from San Diego State to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in school history. The Pride become the first CAA school to also advance to the Super Regionals. Junior pitcher Olivia Galati won her 31st straight start to cap a dramatic regional in which the lower seed won all six games. Hofstra tied a school record with its 20 consecutive victory overall, matching the team mark first established in 1993. Galati struck out six and did not walk a batter in logging her 35th complete game. Galati picked up her 1,000th career strikeout on the opening batter, getting Mountain West Co-Player of the Year Miles to strike out swinging in becoming the first Hofstra player to reach the 1,000 mark. Galati blanked SDSU in the winner's bracket contest on Saturday, marking the first time a Hofstra pitcher threw a shutout in NCAA Tournament play since Kayleigh Lotti accomplished the feat in a 1-0 win over LIU in the 2008 regionals. Galati's 31 straights wins is now just two off the NCAA Division I single-season record. In an interesting note, the holder of that record is current SDSU head coach Kathy Van Wyk, who posted 33 straight wins for Cal. St. Fullerton in 1982.

SOMETHING SUPER: The Hofstra made their first appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals as they went 1-2 against host #19 South Florida. The Pride won the opener, 2-1, in an 11-inning thriller, before falling 2-1 in the final two outings (the first loss was in nine innings). The 11-inning victory was the longest Super Regional contest in NCAA history. Junior Olivia Galati threw 27 innings over two days with Games 1 and 2 going a combined six extra innings. The West Babylon, N.Y. native saw her personal winning streak snapped at 32 with a 2-1, 9-inning loss in Game 2 but still finished the season 34-7 and a 0.95 ERA. Galati threw every inning in Hofstra's six NCAA Tournament games after also tossing every pitch for Hofstra in a 3-0 run in the Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament and set program records in single-season wins, strikeouts (378) and career strikeouts (1,018) with a season of eligibility remaining. Hofstra finished with a 40-win season for the sixth time in the last eight seasons.

HOFSTRA CRACKS TOP 20 IN POLLS AFTER STELLAR SEASON: The Hofstra softball team posted its highest-ever final national ranking as the Pride was picked 16th in the final USA Today/NFCA Division I Top-25 poll. After going 42-15 and finishing one win away from the Women's College World Series, the Pride garnered a national ranking for the first time this season. Hofstra's previous high was a No. 20 rank in the final 1994 poll, which preceded a No. 21 ranking in the final 2004 poll. Under head coach Bill Edwards, the Pride enjoyed an unprecedented level of success in 2012, culminating with a three-game sweep to win the Los Angeles Regional and an appearance in the program's first-ever Super Regional.

GALATI NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Hofstra junior pitcher/designated player Olivia Galati, who capped her brilliant junior campaign by leading Hofstra to the NCAA Super Regionals, earned the highest honor of her stellar career today when she was named a first team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Galati is Hofstra's first-ever first team All-American and just the fifth in the prestigious history of the Hofstra Softball program.  Galati earned first team honors as an at-large/pitcher selection. The Pride's other NFCA All-Americans are: Crystal Boyd (second team in 1993, third team in 1994), Alicia Smith (second team in 2000), Lisa Ciavardini (third team in 2000) and Amanda Hallaway (third team in 2003). Galati compiled a 34-7 record this season and she led the nation with an 0.95 earned run average.  She was the only player nationally to have a sub-1.00 earned run average during the 2012 campaign.

EIGHT CAA SOFTBALL STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO NFCA ALL-REGION TEAMS: Eight CAA softball student-athletes were named to the 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Region teams, including four Hofstra players.  Georgia State and James Madison each added two all-stars. Hofstra juniors Olivia Galati, Tessa Ziemba and Rachael Senatore were named to the NFCA All-Northeast Region first-team while freshman designated player Erin Trippi earned second-team honors, the NFCA announced Thursday. James Madison's Ashley Burnham and Sarah Mooney joined Trippi on the second team. Georgia State's Paige Nowacki was honored on the Mid-Atlantic Regional first-team, while teammate Callie Alford earned a spot on the second team.

GEORGIA STATE, HOFSTRA VOTED AS PRESEASON FAVORITES FOR 2012 CAA SOFTBALL TITLE: Georgia State and Hofstra split first place nods in the voting to select the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association softball champion based on the ballots by the league's eight head coaches. Georgia State, defending CAA champion, and Hofstra, last year's runner-up to the Panthers, each received four first-place votes and 46 points, as the coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Towson finished third in the poll with 36 points, while James Madison followed with 30 points. Delaware was voted fifth followed by Drexel, George Mason and UNCW.  

GEORGIA STATE STUNS #2 ALABAMA: Kaitlyn Medlam tossed 3.1 innings of scoreless, no-hit relief and Callie Alford drove in two runs as GSU shocked No. 2 Alabama, 5-1, in front of 2,253 at Rhoads Stadium April 17. The victory represents the highest ranked team that the Panthers have ever beaten in any team sport. Medlam and starterMcCall Langford combined to hold the Crimson Tide (40-3) to one run on four hits. After the Tide scored their lone run in the fourth inning, the Panthers (32-12) erupted for five runs in the fifth and then held on for the historic victory. Before this victory, the highest-ranked win for the GSU softball team was a 1994 victory over No. 6 Cal State-Northridge, while the highest ranked team that any Panther squad had beaten was the baseball team's win at No. 3 Georgia Tech in 2009.

HOFSTRA'S GALATI EARNS NFCA LOUISVILLE NATIONAL DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK - APRIL 10: Junior pitcher Olivia Galati of Hofstra has been named as the Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week for games played April 2-8. Galati took care of business at both sides of the plate last week hitting .429, while tallying a 0.58 ERA in the circle. Over six games, Galati recorded four RBIs, three runs, three doubles and a triple with a .520 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage. As a pitcher, she was equally as impressive, striking out 45 while allowing just 12 hits, two earned runs and one walk. For the week, the junior notched two complete game shutouts and limited her opponents a .141 batting average. After giving up two earned runs against Rutgers to begin the week, the West Babylon, N.Y., native ended her four-game stretch by allowing just three hits and no runs over her final 17.1 innings. In her final game of the week against Delaware, Galati tossed a five-inning, two-hit shutout in the circle, while going 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, a triple, three runs and four RBIs.  

HU'S GALATI NAMED TO TOP 50 PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST: Hofstra junior pitcher/designated player Olivia Galati was named to the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year top-50 watch list, the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced on Feb. 2. The Hofstra standout was part of a group that also included 2011 Player of the Year Ashley Hansen, who is entering her senior season for Stanford. Athletes named to the "watch list" represent 31 NCAA Division I universities and 13 athletic conferences. Cal, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas lead the way among universities with three athletes representing each. The Big 12 Conference and the Pacific-12 (Pac-12) Conference have six member schools represented. Galati is a three-time CAA Pitcher of the Year award recipient.