Hempstead, N.Y. - Junior Olivia Galati has already earned a slew of performance-related honors this season. But the right-hander garnered another academic award as Galati was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in softball for 2012.
Galati (West Babylon, N.Y.) won the award for the second straight season after also earning the distinction as a sophomore in 2011. The physical education major went 34-7 with a Division I-best 0.95 ERA while becoming the first Hofstra player to win first-team NFCA All-America accolades. In the classroom, Galati posted a cumulative 3.57 grade-point average.
Hofstra saw three student-athletes win CAA Scholar-Athlete awards for the spring season. Men's lacrosse senior Andrew Gvozden, women's lacrosse junior Jill Maier and Galati all were honored. All candidates had to be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. The winners were selected by a vote of the sports information directors at each CAA institution.
Galati led Hofstra to the program's first-ever appearance in the Super Regional, putting the Pride within a single victory of reaching the Women's College World Series. She won 32 straight games at one point (one off the Division I record), encompassing a 3-0 performance to lead Hofstra to a win in the Los Angeles Regional that included victories against No. 12 overall seed UCLA and two wins against San Diego State.
She led the nation with 17 shutouts and recorded 378 strikeouts in 280.2 innings. Galati also batted .345 with 11 doubles, four homers and 37 RBI's and became the first Hofstra player to earn first-team All-CAA honors at two positions.
Hofstra won its ninth CAA title in 11 seasons and finished the 2012 campaign 42-15.