HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., May 9, 2013 – Hofstra’s Olivia Galati tied an NCAA record with her fifth career perfect as she led top-seeded Hofstra to a 8-0, six-inning win over the second-seeded James Madison softball team in the winners’ bracket game on day two of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships.
Hofstra won its 12th consecutive game and improved to 42-11 on the season. It advances to Friday’s CAA Championship round and awaits the winner of this evening’s second elimination game. The Dukes drop to 40-14 on the season and must play in that elimination game against the winner of the game between third-seeded Delaware and fourth-seeded Towson.
Galati retired all 18 batters she faced to earn the win and improve to 36-10 on the season. The senior right-hander struck out 10 while only going to a three-ball count once in six innings of work.
Sophomore right-hander Heather Kiefer (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) took the loss for the Dukes, dropping to 14-7 on the season. She allowed five runs on five hits in three innings of work. The Second Team All-CAA selection struck out four and walked three. Sophomore right-hander Miranda Kemp (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield (Iowa State)) tossed two innings of relief, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks whiles striking out one. Fellow sophomore reliever Reba DePriest (Apache Junction, Ariz./Skyline) gave up one run on three hits in 1/3 inning of work.
Offensively, the Pride was led by center fielder Tessa Ziemba who went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and a run scored. Galatie added two hits, two runs and a RBI while shortstop Becca Bigler walked three times and scored once.
Hofstra got on the scoreboard first with an RBI single by Ziemba in the bottom of the third. Galati led off the inning with a single to center field and moved up to second when the ball skipped past the fielder and rolled to the fence. She moved to third on a bunt single by designated player Chloe Fitzgerald and came in to score two batters later when Ziemba lined a one-out pitch up the middle. Kiefer avoided further damage in the inning by getting back-to-back ground-outs to end the threat.
Hofstra added to its lead in the fourth inning with Galati helping her own cause with a RBI single. The Pride loaded the bases with nobody out using two walks and an infield single. Galati followed by lining a single to left field that chased home Bigler from third. The ball hopped up on the Dukes’ outfielder and bounded away from her allowing all the runners to advance a base on the error, including first baseman Maggie Hawkins scoring on the play. A wild pitch from Kemp chased in a third run in the inning as right fielder Caryn Bailey scored before Ziemba capped the frame with a two run homer to left-center field.
A one-out triple by Bailey expanded the lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth. The Pride had a chance to end the game on the early-termination rule, but Bailey left early from third trying to score on a sacrifice fly to end the inning.
Third baseman Jess Hirschbuhl hit a one-out bases loaded single to right field to end the game in the bottom of the sixth by way of the Early Termination rule.
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