Towson, Md. - Junior Olivia Galati earned both wins and Erin Trippi and Courtney Crews hit three-run home runs to lift Hofstra to a doubleheader sweep at Towson, 4-1 and 10-0, in Colonial Athletic Association matchups Saturday afternoon at Towson Center Field.
Trippi, a freshman, hit a three-run blast in the first game and Crews, a senior, went deep early in the second game to help Hofstra (31-13, 15-0 CAA) stay undefeated and in first-place in league play. The Pride improved to 58-15 all-time against the Tigers with Towson falling to 25-25 and 8-9.
With the two wins, Galati has won 22 consecutive starts, breaking Callie Osborne's program record of 21 straight wins set in 2005. The West Babylon, N.Y. native is 13-0 with a 0.81 ERA in CAA play this season. At the plate, Galati scored two runs and added a RBI on the afternoon.
Galati (24-5) struck out 13 against two walks in the opener
and did not allow a hit in four innings during the Pride's five-inning victory
in Game 2 . She struck out four in the second game, lowering her overall
league-leading ERA to 1.06. .
In Game 2, junior outfielder Tessa Ziemba commenced a three-RBI game with a hard-hit single up the middle to score junior shortstop Becca Bigler in the first inning. Bigler, who reached on a double, came around without a throw on Ziemba's two-out hit off Towson starter Missy McCormick.
Hofstra broke the game open with a nine-run second capped by Crews' three-run home run. Crews scored twice in the inning as Hofstra tallied seven hits and sent 12 batters to the plate.
Crews floated a leadoff single to left in the second and Krista Thorn's hard-hit double in the left-center gap brought the backstop home. Thorn advanced to third on the throw home and later and scored on junior outfielder Rachael Senatore's single to center.
Bigler walked and Galati drove in a run with a single, marking the first of five consecutive Hofstra hits. Ziemba drove in two runs with a double to right to chase McCormick. The right-hander fell to 6-8, allowing eight runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Trippi greeted Towson reliever Dominique Ortega by hitting a single up the middle and Crews launched a three-run shot to left-center for a 10-0 Hofstra lead. The nine-run inning was the Pride's third-longest rally this season. Hofstra posted two 10-run innings previously.
Senior Erin Wade relieved Galati in the fifth and threw a scoreless inning to close out the run-rule shortened game. Towson's only base runner against Galati came in the fourth when Jillian Donnelly reached on a fielding error. Galati erased the runner on a 4-6-3 double play the next batter, meaning she faced the minimum 12 batters.
Galati allowed just four hits in the opener. Towson's Katie Lingmai also pitched a complete game for the Tigers and struck out five while allowing just four hits but still dropped to 13-11.
Hofstra was aggressive early in the count to ignite a fourth-inning rally to open the scoring. Galati lined a first-pitch one-out double off the wall in the center, marking the first base hit for either team. Ziemba followed with a a single trough the right side and advanced to second on the throw in.
Trippi then staked Galati to a lead when she pulled Lingmai's first pitch over the wall in left-center for a three-run shot. That marked Trippi's third home run of the season - all coming in CAA play - and first since March 24 when she homered in back-to-back games at Georgia State.
Andrea Stevenson's leadoff home run in the bottom of the fourth marked Towson's first base runner after Galati retired the first nine Tigers. Galati induced a pop out and struck out the next two batters.
Towson then put the potential go-ahead run on base in the fifth but failed to score after loading the bases with one out.
Erika Stasch lined a leadoff double and Delanie Dunham drew a one-out walk. Pinch hitter Courtney Wittner pulled a ground ball that Bigler fielded and threw to third. The throw pulled Thorn off the bag, loading the bases on the fielder's choice.
Galati then won a one-on-one battle against ninth-hitting Kelli Lyons, striking out the left fielder looking after Lyons fouled off five straight pitches. Galati then battled back from a 3-1 count, striking out Stevenson on a full-count fastball to strand three runners.
Senior Michelle Lavagnino made a sparking defensive play to start the sixth, catching Haley Stueckler's long fly ball on a full sprint before crashing into the wall. Lavagnino stayed in the game.
The Pride tacked on a seventh-inning insurance run. Crews was hit by a pitch for the 24th time this season and advanced to third on Thorn's base hit. Lavagnino's sacrifice fly to left drove in Crews for a 4-1 lead.
With two outs, the Tigers brought the potential tying run to the plate with a walk and a single to bring up Stevenson. Galati fell behind 1-0 but got the first baseman to pop out to close the game.
Hofstra will conclude its three-game series with the Tigers on Sunday at 1 p.m.