Columbia, Mo. – Senior Olivia Galati threw her second complete game of the day and third of the NCAA Columbia Regional while also hitting her first home run of the season as Hofstra hit three homers in the 10th inning to lift the Pride to an 8-4 victory over Oregon State in an elimination game on Saturday evening at Missouri’s University Field.
Freshman Maggie Hawkins broke a tie in extra-innings with a solo homer and Galati and Tessa Ziemba hit the other home runs as the Pride scored five times in the 10th off Oregon State reliever Marina Demore.
Hofstra improved to 45-12 and will face No. 6 overall seed and host Mizzou in the championship round on Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern. Hofstra needs to win two games against the Tigers tomorrow to advance to the Super Regionals while Mizzou (No. 8 NFCA/No.6 ESPN poll) just needs one win. Oregon State lost both games in the regional to Hofstra and concludes its season with a 34-24 ledger.
Hawkins drilled a leadoff home run to deep center in the top of the 10th and Galati, who threw – total pitches in the game and struck out, added an insurance run with her first home run since May 12, 2012. Ziemba hit a three-home run home for the final margin, continuing her torrid hitting against Oregon State. In both of Hofstra’s wins over the Pac-12 member Beavers in the regional, Ziemba has five total RBIs and two extra-base hits.
Hawkins hit her fourth home run of the season and her first since March 26 when she launched a shot to the left of the 220-foot sign in center on a 3-1 pitch to start the inning. Following a line out, Galati went deep to left. A walk and a single put two runners on for Ziemba, who went opposite field for her team-leading 14th home run. She now has 39 career home runs, which trails Ashley Lane’s team-record of 40 set from 2004-07. With 180 career RBIs, she is also tied with Lane for the most in program history.
Oregon State erased a 3-0 Hofstra advantage with two runs in the fifth and Desiree Beltran’s RBI single in the sixth tied the score. Galati notched two strikeouts sandwiched around a one-out single to send a Hofstra game into extra innings for the third time this season.
Galati retired the side in the 10th to extend her single-season school-record win total (39-11) while notching her 47th complete game of the campaign. Demore finished 21-13.
Both teams had chances in extra innings before the deciding final inning. Galati singled and advanced to second on a Demore wild pitch in the eighth before the righty struck out senior Becca Bigler to keep it knotted. Galati retired the side in order in the eighth, culminating in a great 15-pitch at-bat against Beltran before she fouled out to Hawkins right in front of the Hofstra dugout.
The Pride again put two runners in scoring position in extra-innings when Ziemba drew a two-out walk and Trippi hit a soft liner to shallow center that second baseman Ya Garcia nearly made a diving catch on before it dropped to the ground. Trippi alertly ran to second with no one covered. Demore stranded two when she induced a fly out to shallow right to send the contest to the bottom of the ninth.
Hofstra opened a scoreless tie in the fifth when senior Jess Hirschbuhl drew a bases-loaded walk and junior Tori Rocha scored on a wild pitch to break the deadlock. Freshman Caryn Bailey added another bases-loaded walk in the inning as the Pride sent nine batters to the plate wand built a three-run edge without a base hit in the frame.
Galati had not allowed an earned run in the entire tournament after blanking Oregon State, 2-0, on Friday. The Beavers chipped into the deficit in the bottom of the fifth when ninth-hitting Maggie Doremus got her first RBI of the season on a ground out to second and Lea Cavestany hit a run-scoring single to right to cut Hofstra’s lead to 3-2.
After Oregon State scored twice in the fifth, the Beavers got another lift when Elizabeth Santana hit a leadoff double to the right-center gap in the sixth. Galati responded by striking out OSU leading home run-and-RBI-leader and Pac-12 second-team member Natalie Hampton on a ball rising out of the zone.
A wild pitch put Santana at third with one out for Beltran, who singled in the tying run with a sinking liner that dropped into shallow center.
In the first game of the day, Galati and Missouri’s Chelsea Thomas squared up in a battle of All-America pitchers as the nationally ranked Tigers won, 1-0, with the only run unearned in the third inning. Less than three hours later, Galati was locked in another showdown with Andreana until both offenses heated up in the fifth.
Hofstra made a strong bid to open the scoring with a third-inning mini rally. Bigler lined a one-out double just inside the third base line, marking the first hit for either team in the top of the third. That turned the lineup over for Chloe Fitzgerald, who worked a full-count walk to put two on before Andreana forced a pop out.
Ziemba, who had back-to-back multi-hit efforts to start NCAA Regional play, hit a hard ball up the middle that shortstop Elizabeth Santana made a diving stop on. Fitzgerald reached second safely but Bigler continued to run on the play and was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Hofstra sustained the pressure in the fourth. Sophomore Erin Trippi singled to left and senior Jess Hirschbuhl was hit by a pitch to put the first two on base. Freshman Maggie Hawkins put down a well-placed sacrifice bunt to third to put two in scoring position. Andreana again danced out of trouble, getting a strikeout and fielding Galati’s hard come-backer to the circle to strand two.
The Pride put two runners on for the third straight inning when Bigler singled and Fitzgerald reached on a fielder’s choice in which Bigler beat a force play at second on a chopper near the third base line. A force out at second put runners on the corners before Trippi was hit by a full-count pitch to load the bases.
Hirschbuhl drew a five-pitch walk to force in Bigler, ending a streak of 12-plus scoreless innings for Hofstra. Rocha the scored on a wild pitch and a walk to Hawkins ended Andreana’s outing. Demore entered in relief and walked Bailey with the bases loaded before getting a fly out to keep it a three runs.
Hofstra will now be playing for the right to advance to the Super Regionals for the second consecutive year after advancing to the round-of-16 in 2012.