Hempstead, N.Y. - Hofstra junior Olivia Galati was named one of just five national finalists for the 2012 Premier Player of College Softball trophy, the organization announced today.

After going 34-7 with a 0.95 ERA, Galati joined Florida International's Ashley McClain, Louisiana-Lafayette's Christi Orgeron, Northwestern's Emily Allard and Oregon State's Paige Hall on the nomination list. Galati and Allard are the only non-seniors.

Voting is open to the public at www.premierplayers.com with the polls closing on June 30.

The Premier Player of College Baseball & Softball trophy is one of four major awards presented by the Premier Players Sports Foundation.  Future plans have the award being presented annually in Atlanta each August during a charitable awards dinner.  Other events include the Premier Player of College Football Charitable Awards Dinner, held annually in Tampa, Fla. the weekend after the BCS national championship game; the Premier Player of College Basketball Charitable Awards Dinner held annually in Charlotte, N.C. and the Premier Player of College Hockey held annually in Boston. Proceeds from the various events benefit children charities in their respective cities.

Galati became the program's first-ever first-team All-American selection last week, earning the award from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). She was just the fifth in the prestigious history of the Hofstra Softball program to earn a spot on any All-America squad as she was an at-large/pitcher selection.

Galati, who was the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Pitcher of the Year and was a first team all-conference selection at both pitcher and designated player, compiled 378 strikeouts in 2012 to bring her career total to a program record 1,018. The West Babylon, N.Y. native's 34 wins this season was also a program record and her streak of 32 wins in a row this season fell one win shy of the NCAA single season record

One of the Pride's top hitters as well, Galati was second on the team with a .345 batting average and had four home runs and 37 runs batted in.  She was second on the team in batting average.  Galati scored 35 runs and had 58 hits, inclu1ding 11 doubles.