Newark, Del. - Junior Olivia Galati threw a complete-game two-hitter and went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs to help Hofstra cap a three-game sweep over Delaware with a 9-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory on Sunday afternoon at UD Softball Stadium.
Freshman Erin Trippi and junior Becca Bigler and both drove in two runs as Hofstra tagged Delaware starter Chenxi Jiao for five runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings in extending the Pride's overall winning streak to 14 games. Galati (13-5) won her 11th consecutive start as the Pride improved to 18-12 and 8-0 in CAA play.
Galati retired the first 10 Blue Hens before Alicia Coy's fourth-inning one-out double to right-center. After striking out 13 Delaware batters in the first game on Saturday, the West Babylon, N.Y. native fanned nine against zero walks. The reigning two-time CAA Player of the Week finished a home run short of the cycle, hitting a three-run triple to right in the fifth for an 8-0 lead that put the run rule in effect.
Junior outfielder Tessa Ziemba drove in Galati with a double off the right field wall for the 9-0 lead to cap the scoring. Hofstra pounded out 16 hits in dropping Delaware to 8-32-1 and 2-7. The Pride has defeated the Blue Hens 17 consecutive times dating to 2006.
Head coach Bill Edwards' team saw a productive day from the 1-5 hitters as the starting quintet combined for 14 hits (14-for-17) with nine RBIs and seven runs scored.
The Pride mounted a three-run rally with two outs in the fourth to build a 5-0 lead. Freshman Lindsey Reid, a product of nearby Bear, Del., made a big impact in her second career start. Reid worked a one-out walk after falling behind 0-2. Her speed on the base paths paid off one batter later when senior Rachael Senatore singled to center and advanced to second on the throw to third.
Reid and Senatore scored on Bigler's two-run single through the left side, marking Reid's first career run. That hit chased Jiao (2-17) and Galati greeted reliever Hannah Rust with a run-scoring single through to right to plate Bigler.
Reid picked up her first career extra-base hit, going the other way for a one-out triple in the fifth.
Hofstra, which scored three runs of Jiao in the series opener on Saturday, recorded four first-inning hits in taking a 1-0 lead off the right-hander. After Jiao retired the leadoff batter, four straight Pride batters singled. Bigler and Galati reached on hits and Ziemba pulled a single to the right side.
Delaware right-fielder Rachael Jones scooped up the ball and her strong throw home beat Bigler by multiple strides for the out at the plate. But Trippi ensured Hofstra would take advantage of the scoring opportunity, scoring Galati on a hard single through the left side.
Trippi extended the Pride's lead in the third, again bringing home Galati again with hard hit one-hop single to center. Galati, who doubled off the centerfield wall to ignite the two-out rally, scored her second run of the contest for a 2-0 Pride lead.
Hofstra will next be in action on Tuesday with a home non-conference doubleheader versus Central Connecticut State starting at 4 p.m. The Pride will also play Lehigh in a doubleheader at Hofstra Softball Stadium on Wednesday starting at 3:30 p.m.--