Hempstead, N.Y., April 17, 2011 – Olivia Galati limited the James Madison softball team to just one hit to lift Hofstra to a 3-0 win at the Hofstra Softball Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sunday.
The loss dropped the Dukes to 25-17 overall and 6-6 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Pride improved to 12-0 at home this season and raised its record to 28-9 and 11-1 in league play.
Galati went the distance for Hofstra, giving up just the one hit and striking out 12 to improve to 19-6.
Senior right-hander Olivia McPherson (Liberty, N.C./Southern Alamance) drew the start for Madison and gave up three runs on three hits and five walks. She struck out one in six innings of work, but took the loss to drop to 10-8.
Right fielder Tessa Ziemba led the HU offense, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. Third baseman Krista Thorn added a single in two at bats while second baseman Jess Hirschbuhl walked twice and scored a run.
JMU’s lone hit came with one out in the top of the seventh as sophomore left fielder Lori Botkin (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) went 1-for-3 with a single. Junior shortstop Ashley Burnham (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) saw her career-long hitting streak stopped as she was held hitless for the first time in 10 games.
Hofstra took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Ziemba led off the frame with a triple to center field. After a walk, shortstop Trisha Dreslinski lifted a fly ball to right field for the sacrifice fly.
Ziemba sparked the Pride for two more runs in the third. Center fielder Rachael Senatore and Hirschbuhl were each hit by pitches to put two runners on with two outs, before Ziemba laced a double to right-center field to score both runners.
JMU returns to the field on Wednesday, April 20, as it travels to Washington, D.C., for a doubleheader against George Washington. The Dukes continue CAA play next Friday and Saturday as they welcome in Georgia State for a three-game series.
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