HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., April 28, 2013 – Hofstra scored three times in both the second and third innings and Olivia Galati tossed her third complete game of the weekend to help earn a 9-4 win over the James Madison softball team in the final game of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series on Sunday.
JMU lost three straight games for the first time all season, dropping to 36-13 overall and 15-3 in the CAA. HU moved into first place in the league standings, improving to 36-11 and 15-2 in the league.
Galati earned the win for the Pride, improving to 31-10 on the season. She limited Madison to four runs on six hits while striking out four in seven innings of work.
Freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) took the loss for the Dukes, dropping to 19-4 on the season. The left-hander gave up five runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched. She struck out one and walked two. Sophomore right-hander Heather Kiefer (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) gave up a run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning while sophomore right-hander Miranda Kemp (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield (Iowa State)) ceded three runs on five hits in three innings of relief.
Catcher Erin Trippi went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, two RBIs and two walks to pace the Hofstra attack. First baseman Maggie Hawkins added four RBIs on two hits and a walk while third baseman Jess Hirschbuhl went 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI.
Ford led the Madison offense with two hits, a run and a RBI in three trips to the plate. Sophomore left fielder Morgan Heath (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) doubled and scored a run and sophomore infielder Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) went 1-for-3 with a RBI.
HU took advantage of some free passes to take the lead early in the game. Ford started the second inning by walking Trippi and hitting Hirschbuhl with a pitch. Shortstop Becca Bigler followed with a single to load the bases before Hawkins drew a walk to force in the first run. Sacrifice flies by right fielder Caryn Bailey and Galati capped the inning with HU leading 3-0.
Three more runs came in for the Pride in the bottom of the third. Center fielder Tessa Ziemba was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to third on a double by Trippi forcing Madison to turn to Kiefer in the circle. Hirschbuhl singled to center on Kiefer’s second pitch, scoring one before Hawkins drove in two more with a single to center.
An infield single by Hawkins extended the lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth before JMU responded with four runs in the top of the sixth. Mooney, Ford and junior shortstop Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) all picked up RBI hits for the Dukes.
Hofstra scored twice more in the bottom half of the inning to put the game away. Both runs came on a two-run single up the middle by Trippi.
JMU closes out its regular season next weekend at home as they host Georgia State at Veterans Memorial Park. The Dukes and Panthers play twice on Friday, beginning on 3 p.m. before closing the season with a single game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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