Top-Seeded Hofstra Defeats No. 4 Towson 6-0 in First Game of CAA Softball Championship
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 8, 2013) – Senior pitcher Olivia Galati struck out eight to lead top-seeded Hofstra to a 6-0 victory over fourth-seeded Towson in the opening game of the 2013 CAA Softball Championship.
The Pride (41-11) advanced into the winner’s bracket of the tournament and will face the winner of the No. 2 James Madison/No. 3 Delaware matchup at Noon on Thursday. Towson (29-27-1) dropped into the elimination game tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
Galati (35-10) recorded her nation-leading 19th shutout of the season, while tallying her 42nd complete game of the season. The 2013 CAA Pitcher of the Year gave up just four hits and no walks in the championship opener. Leading the Pride offensively were sophomore catcher Erin Trippi and senior center fielder Tessa Ziemba, who each recorded two-run doubles. Freshman designated player and leadoff hitter Chloe Fitzgerald recorded three hits and scored a run for the Pride.
Towson senior pitcher Katie Lingmai (17-15) took the loss while giving up eight hits, three earned runs and three walks.
Towson had the first chance to put a run on the board in the top of the second by loading the bases with two singles and a Pride error, but failed to push a run across and left three on base. In the bottom half of the inning, the Pride jumped on the scoreboard with an RBI double to right center from freshman first baseman Maggie Hawkins to take a 1-0 advantage after two frames.
STill leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Fitzgerald smacked a leadoff single and stole second to put herself into scoring position with no outs. After junior second baseman Tori Rocha drew a walk, Trippi smashed a two RBI double to left center that scored Fitzgerald and Rocha, and gave the Pride a 3-0 lead.
Hofstra padded its lead in the bottom of the sixth with three more runs to increase its lead to 6-0. With two runners on and no outs, Rocha scored Hawkins when a ground ball snuck through the legs of Towson junior third baseman Delanie Dunham. The Pride added two more runs with a Ziemba double off the centerfield wall to push their lead to six runs. The Pride set the Tigers down in order in the top of the seventh to seal the 6-0 victory.
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.