Hempstead, N.Y. – Hofstra junior Morgan Lashley threw a complete-game two-hit shutout and senior Becca Bigler and sophomore Kim Smith each drove in two runs to lead Hofstra to an 8-0 victory over Drexel in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup on Friday afternoon.
Lashley struck out three, did not walk a batter and needed just 59 pitches to get through six innings as Hofstra ended the game in the bottom of the sixth on senior Ashley Ainbinder’s RBI infield single that set up the run-rule victory. The Pride tied a season high with its eighth consecutive victory in improving to 30-11 and 9-4 in CAA play.
Freshman Michaela Transue hit her third home run of the year and senior Rachael Senatore scored twice. The Pride already secured its spot in next week’s CAA Tournament and is locked into the second-versus-third seed matchup in the tournament’s opening day scheduled for Wednesday.
Lashley registered her sixth shutout and her 17th complete game of the season. The right-hander from Davidson, North Carolina retired the first 10 Drexel batters before Liana Newton’s infield single in the fourth. The only other Dragon to reach base was on Leticia Matsuoka’s sixth-inning single to left.
Hofstra shut out Drexel for the fourth consecutive game. In 2013, Olivia Galati blanked Drexel in three straight road games, including a perfect game. Lashley continued that trend by retiring the side in order in four separate innings. She improved to 16-4 while lowering her ERA to 1.82.
Bigler’s two-run base hit off the leftfield wall in the first staked Lashley to the early lead. Senatore reached on a leadoff infield single and sophomore Chloe Fitzgerald drew a walk and the duo scored on Bigler’s two-run single off the fence to get to Drexel starter Shelby Taylor (12-11) early.
Smith’s two-run double to the left-center gap in the fourth provided a cushion and brought home junior catcher Erin Trippi and Bigler. In all, Hofstra scored four runs in the third despite the first two batters being retired to start the inning. Two walks preceded Smith’s hit and sophomore Caryn Bailey and Transue reach hit RBI singles to right. Transue made it a 7-0 game with a leadoff home run off Drexel reliever Taylor Lee in the sixth before Ainbinder’s hit off Lee’s glove resulted in the game’s conclusion.
Hofstra will conclude the regular season with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon. The team will honors seniors Tori Rocha and Ainbinder before the game and will also recognize fifth-year seniors Senatore and Bigler, who were part of the 2013 Senior Day festivities.