Philadelphia -- Senior Olivia Galati threw her third perfect game -- and the second no-hitter of the week -- by retiring all 18 batters faced with 13 strikeouts in a 13-0 win over Drexel in Game 1 and pitched a complete-game one-hitter in a 5-0 victory in the second game to sweep a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Drexel Softball Field.
Sophomore catcher Erin Trippi two home runs, including a grand slam, for a six-RBI effort in the first game and had three hits in the second game. She also caught every pitch from Galati, who notched her third no-hitter of 2013 with only five Drexel batters putting the ball in play and only one hitter getting the ball out of the infield in Game 1. Galati no-hit Marist on Thursday and went 4-1 with four shutouts and a save for the week. She allowed just one earned run in 36 innings for a staggering 0.19 ERA. She had 62 strikeouts and allowed just two extra-base hits.
By improving her record to 21-9, Galati is now a four-time 20-game winner in her career.
Hofstra posted a three-game sweep over Drexel to improve to 24-10 and 7-1 in CAA play. Drexel fell to 10-24 and 0-9. Hofstra has now defeated CAA opponents in 29 of the last 30 games and is 37-1 in the last 38 regular season league matchups. Against Drexel, Hofstra is now 55-10 in the all-time series.
On the day, Galati retired the side in order in 12 out of 13 innings and tallied 22 strikeouts without allowing a walk. Galati hit one batter and another Drexel batter reached an error, meaning only three Dragons reached base safely in two games.
In the first game, Galati struck out the first 10 Drexel batters. Senior third baseman Jess Hirschbuhl preserved the perfect game by catching Maggy Fermo’s hard-hit line drive for the second out of the fourth inning. Galati notched her first perfect game since retiring all 21 batters in a seven-inning effort versus UNC Wilmington on May 4, 2012.
The only hit Galati allowed in the second game came in the first inning on Amanda Bachman’s clean infield single. Galati hit the second batter of the game and, following a strikeout for the second out, saw Maddison Timoto reach on an error and Bachman single to load the bases.
But Galati struck out Jenn Reading to strand the bases loaded, starting a stretch in which she retired 19 consecutive batters.
Senior Tessa Ziemba scored a run in both games and senior Becca Bigler registered two RBIs a in the opener and four RBIs in the second with a two-run homer to left in the sixth. Bigler now has eight home runs on the season
Galati’s dominance came after Hofstra staked her to a 2-0 lead in the first at-bat.Trippi gave Hofstra a jump-start with the first of her two home runs, belting a two-run shot left.
Freshman Chloe Fitzgerald reached on an infield single and advanced to third on two wild pitches. With two outs, Trippi worked a full count against starter Shelby Taylor and pulled a fastball for her fourth home run of the season.
Galati, who struck out the first nine batters faced, was also part of a five-run fourth-inning rally when she was hit by a pitch on her non-throwing arm following a one-out walk to Ziemba. Bigler then lined an opposite-field double to the right-center gap to score both runners. Freshman Caryn Bailey followed with a single to the right side that scored Bigler.
Fitzgerald then chased Taylor (3-10) by pulling a single to right. The ball skipped under right fielder Bianca Iamurri’s glove for an error, allowing Bailey to score and leaving Fitzgerald on third. Sophomore Tori Rocha beat out an infield hit off reliever Jessica O’Hara to score another run and cap the rally.
Hawkins doubled and senior D.J. Slugh was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with two outs in the sixth. Junior Tori Rocha then delivered a RBi single up the middle to make it 8-0 and set up the run rule. Following another hit batter, Trippi came up and hit a grand slam to left-center for a 12-run advantage. Trippi now has five home runs on the season. Freshman Kim Smith hit a pinch hit solo home run in the next at-bat for back-to-back home runs and the 13-0 final margin.
Jessica O’Hara hit a fly ball to left that Slugh tracked down for the first out in the seventh. Galati then picked up her 13th and final strikeout and caught Iamurri’s bunt attempt for the final out to secure the perfect game.
In Game 2, Galati and Konopka exchanged zeros through the first two innings. Bailey pulled a leadoff triple down the rightfield line to start the third, though Drexel turned a key double play when they cut off Bailey at home on an attempted squeeze play on Fitzgerald’s bunt. After catcher Carly Boyer made the tag on Bailey at the plate, the backstop fired to second base to get Fitzgerald for the double play.
Galati supported her own cause in the fourth with a RBI single to left to open the scoring. Trippi notched her second multi-hit game of the afternoon with a leadoff single up the middle and advanced to third on Ziemba’s double to the left-center gap.
Galati then pulled a clean single to left and Bigler followed with a two-run double to left to give Hofstra a 3-0 edge. Bigler’s home run made it 5-0.
The Pride will next be in action on Thursday with a non-conference game against St. John’s. Game time at Hofstra Softball Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m.