Hempstead, N.Y. - Erin Wade threw a complete-game shutout in posting a two-hitter and Courtney Crews added a RBI as the two upperclassmen powered the Pride to a 3-0 victory over UNC Wilmington on Senior Day to cap the regular season on Saturday at Hofstra Softball Stadium.
Wade allowed just a fourth-inning double and a fifth-inning single, retiring the final eight UNCW batters to improve to 8-8. She struck out six and did not allow a walk. The Pride won for the 33rd time in the last 35 games and the 14th time overall.
Wade's second shutout of the season allowed Hofstra to end the regular season at 35-13 and 19-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play. That marked the first time Hofstra finished the season undefeated in CAA play and the first unbeaten conference record since 1997 when the team was a member of the America East. UNCW ended the campaign 9-45 and 4-17.
Seniors Wade, Crews, Michelle Lavagnino, Krista Thorn and Jess Hirschbuhl were all honored in a pregame ceremony before Hofstra's final regular season home game. Crews, who caught Wade's shutout, opened the scoring in the first off a RBI single. The Pride tacked on two insurance runs in the fourth to complete the three-game sweep.
Junior Rachael Senatore reached on an infield single against UNCW starter Amanda Davenport to start the game and advanced to third on junior Olivia Galati's single to right. Crews' infield single to short plated Senatore for the opening run.
Davenport allowed just three runs on six hits in five innings but fell to 8-22. The right-hander threw two scoreless innings after the first before sophomore second baseman Tori Rocha drove in a run with a single up the middle and came around to score on a wild pitch for the 3-0 margin.
Wade made the run support stand up and did not allow a UNCW player to advance past second base. With her family in attendance, the veteran right-hander seemed to get better as the game went along, striking out three of her final six batters faced.
Lavagnino got on base twice from the lineup's ninth spot, getting hit by a pitch two times. She also stole a base.
Hofstra will host the CAA Tournament, which is scheduled to run from Wednesday-through-Friday at Hofstra Softball Stadium. The top-seed Pride will oppose the still-to-be determined fourth seed on Wednesday at 2 p.m. followed by Georgia State and James Madison University playing in the 2-3 matchup at 5 p.m. at Hofstra Softball Stadium.