Hofstra wins, Stony Brook loses in softball regional

Hofstra starting pitcher Olivia Galati relaxes between pitches

Hofstra starting pitcher Olivia Galati relaxes between pitches during warmups before the game against Central Connecticut. (March 16, 2013) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The two Long Island college softball teams competing in the NCAA Columbia Regional faced very different fates in their opening-round games Friday.

Hofstra (45-11) rode another dominant performance from ace Olivia Galati to defeat Oregon State, 2-0, and Stony Brook (35-24) fell to No. 6 Missouri, 3-0.

Galati scattered five hits and struck out five on the way to her nation-leading 21st shutout of the season. She allowed only one runner to reach third base and retired the last 11 batters she faced.

"We didn't have a lot of info on Oregon State going in, so we had to read quickly early on and hope we didn't get in trouble," Hofstra coach Bill Edwards said. "But Olivia has the great knack of keeping us in the game even while we're trying to fish and figure out what the hitter's trying to do."

Galati got in trouble only once, in the fourth inning, after a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one out in a scoreless game. But she induced a pop-out to escape the jam and Tessa Ziemba smacked a two-run double to right-center in the sixth.

"She got a little jumpy her first time up and I gave her the old Edwards look," Edwards said. "From then on out, she got her pitch and drilled a big hit."

In the second game, Stony Brook starter Allison Cukrov held Missouri to two hits but surrendered a three-run home run to Jenna Marston in the fifth. The Seawolves had only two hits off Nicole Hudson.

"I don't think we were intimidated today at all," Stony Brook coach Megan Bryant said. "Look at the score, look at the hits, look at the lines."

Hofstra will play Missouri in the winner's-bracket final at 12 p.m. CST Saturday. Stony Brook, which has won four consecutive elimination games, will play another one at 2:30 p.m. CST. If the Seawolves win, they will play another elimination game immediately after that against the loser of the winner's-bracket final.

Said Bryant, "We specialize in those, right?"

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