Hempstead, N.Y. - Junior Olivia Galati threw a perfect game and followed that performance with a nine-inning shutout and the game-winning RBI in the nightcap to lift the Pride to a doubleheader sweep over UNCW, 7-0 and 1-0, on Friday at Hofstra Softball Stadium.
Galati pitched her second career perfect game and first seven-inning flawless contest in the opener. She retired all 21 batters faced, including a seventh inning in which she induced a groundout, struck out a pinch hitter and forced a foul out for the memorable moment. She struck out 10.
In the second game, UNCW's Casey Rowland threw eight no-hit innings against the Pride, though Galati threw all nine shutout innings before ending the extra-inning contest with a one-out single to left to score Rachael Senatore and give the Pride a sweep. Hofstra won for the 32nd time in the last 34 games, moving and 34-13 overall and 18-0 in CAA play. UNCW dropped to 9-44 overall and 4-16.
Galati totaled 16 scoreless innings on the day, striking out 25 without a single walk after fanning 15 in the Game 2 victory. At the plate, the right-hander went a combined 4-for-7 with three RBIs, accounting for almost half of the Pride's run production on the entire day. She improved her record to 27-5 in extending her winning streak to 25 to add to her school record. The West Babylon, N.Y. native has not given up a run in her last 31 innings.
With her fourth no-hitter of the season and the seventh of her career, Galati set another program record in moving past Stacy Jackson (1992-95) for the most no-hitters in program history. Her other perfect game was a five-inning effort in her freshman season of 2010 against George Mason.
Junior Tessa Ziemba and freshman Erin Trippi both drove in two runs in the opener. Hofstra jumped on Seahawks starter Amanda Davenport (8-21) for three first-inning runs. A walk and a hit batter put the first two runners on and Galati opened the scoring with hard-hit RBI single up the middle to score Senatore.
Trippi lined a two-run double to the left-centerfield gap. Both pitchers then exchanged zeros until the fifth. Back-to-back singles started the rally and Ziemba added insurance runs by hitting a two-run single up the middle to score junior Becca Bigler and senior Michelle Lavagnino.
Bigler added a RBI groundout against Davenport in the sixth and Galati went the other way for a run-scoring single to right to account for the final margin. Following the base hit to cap a 3-for-3 day at the plate, she went out and completed her perfect game to preserve Hofstra's undefeated CAA record.
Senior catcher Courtney Crews stayed behind the plate for the second game as well and with associate head coach Larissa Anderson calling the pitches from the dugout, Galati threw another much needed gem against the freshman Rowland, who pitched perhaps the best game of her young career.
Rowland retired the first seven Hofstra hitters before sophomore second baseman Tori Rocha worked a walk in the third. Senatore also walked in that inning and Bigler reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Hofstra to load the bases. But Rowland got Galati to pop out to short to end the threat. The southpaw then retired the next 15 batters as the team's went past the seven-inning regulation mark and into extras.
Rowland, who has not thrown a no-hitter in her career, did not allow hit through eight innings before Senatore started the ninth with a leadoff triple. The left-hander forced Bigler to line out to left on an athletic lunging catch from Katie Houmard but Galati followed with a sharp single to left for the walk-off victory. Rowland took the hard-luck loss to fall to 1-22.
Senatore finished the day with two runs scored while Bigler and Lavagnino both scored twice in the first game.
Galati lowered her league-leading ERA to 0.95 and has 296 strikeouts against 20 walks in 213 2/3 innings. Opponents are batting .160 off of her this season.
Hofstra will be going for its first undefeated conference record since 1997 when the team played in the America East on Sunday. The game will mark Senior Day for Hofstra seniors Crews, Lavagnino, Jess Hirschbuhl, Krista Thorn and Erin Wade. A pregame ceremony, set to begin approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled 11 a.m. start, will take place on the field.