Hofstra’s Galati Selected by Comets in National Pro Fastpitch Draft
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 1, 2013 – Hofstra senior pitcher Olivia Galati was drafted second overall by the New York/New Jersey Comets in the National Pro Fastpitch college draft this evening. The announcement was made at the Ford Theatre located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Galati was picked second with LSU senior Rachele Fico going first overall to the Akron Racers. The Chicago Bandits selected Jolene Henderson with the third pick and the USSSA Pride tabbed Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts Ricketts with the final pick in the first round.
Galati became the first-ever first-team All-America selection in program history in 2012 when she led Division I with a 0.95 ERA and 17 shutouts. For her career, she has already set Hofstra’s records for wins (106), strikeouts (1,198), no-hitters (8), innings pitched (910) and appearances (152).
Galati is a three-time Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year selection and was named to the All CAA-first team at two different positions in 2012. All four first-round picks in the draft made the 2012 first-team All-America list.
Should she choose to play in the league, Galati would join a distinguished group of former Hofstra softball players to play in the professional ranks. Former All-America pick Crystal Boyd was the first former Hofstra player to play pro ball in the United States when she played as a member of the WPSL’s Georgia Pride from 1997-99. Stacy Jackson, who held Hofstra’s record for career wins before Galati broke it earlier this season, played professionally in Italy while Erin Phillips played in Holland.
Alicia Smith and Jen Smith were draft selections in the National Pro Fastpitch league and played for the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut franchise. On the international scene, Danielle Stewart was a member of the Australian National Team that won a bronze medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
The Comets have their season opener scheduled for June 5 against Akron. The team is set to play home games at a variety of venues, including Pomona, N.Y., Little Falls, N.J., Allentown, Pa. and Bridgewater, N.J. The team is coached by Jay Nelson, who is also the head coach at Rutgers. In an interesting note, Hofstra and Rutgers will play each other on Wednesday in a non-conference doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. from Hofstra Softball Stadium.National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.