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Hofstra's Olivia Galati Named All-America For Second Time

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 05/29/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. – Hofstra senior pitcher Olivia Galati was named Second Team All-America by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the organization announced today.

Galati, who became the program’s first-ever first team selection in 2012, is now the school’s second-ever multiple All-America selection. Crystal Boyd was a second-team pick in 1993 and a third-team selection in 1994.

Galati earned first team honors as an at-large/pitcher selection in 2012 and was chosen as a pitcher on the second team in 2013. The Pride’s other NFCA All-Americans are: Boyd, Alicia Smith (second team in 2000), Lisa Ciavardini (third team in 2000) and Amanda Hallaway (third team in 2003).

The West Babylon, N.Y. native was one of just 54 players (from 32 different institutions) who were selected to one of three 2013 NFCA Division I All-American teams. She was also one of only three pitcher-only selections on the second team, joining Arizona State’s  Dallas Escobedo and Cal’s Jolene Henderson.

Entering Wednesday, Galati leads all Division I pitchers with 395 strikeouts and her 22 shutouts are six more than the next-closest player in USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts. The right-hander, who walked just 31 batters in 56 total appearances encompassing 341 innings, has allowed has the fewest-walks-allowed-per-seven innings with 0.64.

Galati finished her senior campaign 40-12 with a 1.42 ERA and a .769 winning percentage. She is currently the only pitcher in the country to post a 40-win campaign.

Galati led Hofstra to a 46-13 record and a berth in the NCAA regional championship game against No. 6 Missouri. Last week, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-America softball team. A senior physical education major with a 3.60 GPA, she is a two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year for softball, earning those honors in 2011 and 2012 and will be a strong candidate once again this season.

A two-time NFCA National Player of the Week (and the first player in program history to earn even one of those awards), she is a four-time NFCA All-Northeast Region first team selection and a four-time All-CAA selection. She finished her career with a 129-34 record and 1,410 strikeouts. Galati registered 12 no-hitters and an NCAA record-tying five perfect games in her career for Hofstra. She was drafted second overall in the National Pro Fastpitch college draft on April 1 by the New York/New Jersey Comets.