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Hofstra earns berth in NCAA softball tournament

Hofstra's Chloe Fitzgerald receives high fives from teammates

Hofstra's Chloe Fitzgerald receives high fives from teammates after scoring one of two runs on a double by Tori Rocha against James Madison during the CAA Championship softball game at Hofstra University on May 10, 2013. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Hofstra is heading to the NCAA softball tournament.

Morgan Lashley pitched 21/3 innings of scoreless relief as the Pride beat James Madison, 2-1, in the deciding game of the Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament Friday to earn an automatic berth. First-round pairings will be announced Sunday.

Chloe Fitzgerald scored both Hofstra runs on two-out singles by Lacey Clark.

Pirone was named the CAA tournament's Most Outstanding Performer and made the All-Tournament team with Lashley, Fitzgerald and Caryn Bailey.

The NCAA Tournament selection show airs 10 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.

The Pride has captured four CAA titles since 2010.

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