Tigers go winless against Pride
Olivia Galati’s one-hit shutout Sunday led the Hofstra Pride (32-13, 16-0 Colonial Athletic Association) to a three-game sweep of Towson (25-26, 8-10 CAA) on Senior Day at the Tiger Softball Complex, taking the finale 7-0.
“All of our seniors have been amazing leaders,” Towson Head Coach Lisa Costello said. “We wouldn’t have had any success if it wasn’t for the way they went about business.”
Galati pushed her record to 25-5 on the year with her 23rd consecutive victory, striking out nine batters and walking just one in seven innings of work.
Towson starting pitcher Katie Lingmai retired the first five batters that she faced.
However, she could not get out of the second inning without surrendering a run.
With two outs in the second, Hofstra catcher Courtney Crews worked a walk, becoming the first base runner in the game. The walk proved to be costly for the Tigers, when Krista Thorn hit a home run to left field that put the Pride up 2-0.
After a quiet third inning, Hofstra found an answer to Lingmai again in the fourth.
Lingmai hit Tessa Ziemba with a pitch to begin the inning, and it did not take long for Pride batter Erin Trippi to capitalize on the opportunity.
Trippi hit a home run over the center-field wall to put Towson in a 4-0 hole.
Lingmai walked Crews and was relieved by senior Dominique Ortega, who forced her first batter to fly out. After hitting another batter with a pitch, Ortega forced a potential double-play ball that was not turned, loading the bases for Hofstra.
Rachael Senatore made Towson pay by hitting an RBI single to give the Pride a six-run lead going into the fifth inning.
Thorn‘s sacrifice fly in the fifth inning gave Hofstra a 7-0 lead, but the focus was centered on Galati from that point on.
Galati had a perfect game through five innings, but a Delanie Dunham walk ended it in the sixth. However, with the help of a diving catch in left field and a double play, she still had a no-hitter intact through six innings.
Andrea Stevenson led off the seventh inning with a single that flew just over Hofstra shortstop Becca Bigler’s head to end the no-hit bid. However, Towson could not mount a comeback in the seventh inning, giving Galati the shutout.
“I thought we had a great chance of doing something today,” Costello said. “Coming out of the locker room I was really confident that we could get a win today, and I thought we could have done more.”
In the second game of Saturday’s double header, it was a Trippi three-run home run in the fourth inning that proved insurmountable for Towson, who lost the game 4-1.
Andrea Stevenson homered for the fourth time of the season, but it was not enough after Hofstra pitcher Galati shut down the Tigers for her 24th win of the season.
Lingmai finished her 21st complete game of the season, allowing four hits and two walks and striking out five.
However, she was out-dueled by Galati, who leads the CAA with 25 wins on the season.
Towson will travel to James Madison to play a crucial three-game series on Friday that could decide their fate for the CAA tournament.
“We have to look ahead to James Madison,” Costello said. “I don’t know mathematically what we need to do to get into the CAA tournament, but I know we need to win.”