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NCAA TOURNAMENT

With matchups to be announced Sunday night, Hofstra's softball team will make its 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Bill Edwards does not expect the Pride to host in the first round, but pitcher Olivia Galati believes the team will make some noise. "If we stay relaxed, I think we have the potential to go very far,'' she said. "I don't want to jinx it [but] I really think we can do some damage this year.''

Hofstra is 17-24 in NCAA Tournament play. It beat Massachusetts, 3-0, in its first appearance in 1995. In 2004, Hofstra lost to Stanford, 3-1, leaving the Pride one victory short of making its first College World Series. In 2010, the Pride's last trip to the NCAAs, it beat 14th-ranked Oklahoma State twice by scores of 8-6 and 5-2 before losing to Arizona, 10-6, in 12 innings.