Almost perfect: With 11 no-hitters on her resume, Hofstra's Olivia Galati has eyes on CWS prize
Eventually, Olivia Galati might allow herself to rejoice in her four career perfect games, being the nation's No. 2 draft pick and shattering nearly every Hofstra softball pitching record -- it just won't be any time soon.
Hours after her five-inning perfect game Friday against Towson, which put her one perfect game shy of tying former Fordham standout Jen Mineau's Division I record, Galati had already distanced her performance from her recollection.
"To tell you the truth, I really don't remember much about the game," the senior said shortly afterward.
It's no case of amnesia; it's an attitude.
"I catch glimpses once the game is over, but I have a short memory," Galati said. "It's just a mentality that my dad taught me when I was little. You have to live in the moment. I think keeping your mind in the present automatically puts you in the position to not think about the past."
Galati extended her Division I-leading shutout total to 18 Saturday, leads the nation with 352 strikeouts in 287 innings pitched and has a 1.46 ERA. She improved to 34-10 this season and has 11 career no-hitters, tossing four this year. Galati's Hofstra records include the most no-hitters, innings pitched, strikeouts and career wins.
With its ace in the circle, Hofstra (40-11, 18-2) clinched the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championship for the 11th time in 12 seasons Saturday and will host the conference tournament beginning Wednesday.
"It's a pretty good feeling that we have her leading us," Hofstra softball coach Bill Edwards said. "You have a shot at winning every time she steps in the circle. She has such incredible command. So if she has the hop on her pitches, she can throw a no-hitter or perfect game with double digit strikeouts any time."
Galati may not dwell on her success, but when she's on the field, her mind is full of thoughts. She said she's constantly "playing mind games" with batters, sizing them up before deciding on which of her pitches -- including a newly developed changeup -- to deliver.
And she'll be doing even more of that soon, as her attention now is on the one accolade that has eluded her.
"I didn't expect much coming in," Galati said, referring to her individual numbers, "but my main goal as a 6-year-old was to get to the College World Series and win."