After heavy rains overnight and more rain anticipated in the forecast for Sunday, the remaining softball action between Hofstra and James Madison softball has been rained out. Saturday’s suspended game ends with the Pride winning 4-0 and Sunday’s game is cancelled and will not be made up.
HU won both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader to improve to 27-13 overall and 13-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. JMU dropped to 24-23 and 10-4 in league play.
In game two, Pride pitcher Olivia Galati did not allow a hit through five innings pitched to earn the win. She improved to 21-5 after walking one and striking out eight.
Freshman pitcher Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) took the loss for Madison to drop to 8-9. She ceded four runs on four hits and four walks while striking out one in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Freshman right-hander Reba DePriest (Apache Junction, Ariz./Skyline) pitched 2/3 innings of relief. She struck out both batters she faced.
Right fielder Tessa Ziemba paced the offense, going 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs. Galati reached base twice and scored both times while designated player Erin Trippi went 1-for-2 with a RBI.
Mooney was the only player for Madison to reach base, drawing a walk in her first at-bat.
The Pride struck for an early pair of runs in game two on a home run in the top of the first. Center fielder Rachael Senatore was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt and a fielder’s choice, Ziemba lofted a high fly ball down the left-field line that kept carrying and ended up clearing the fence for a two-run homer.
HU added to its lead in the top of the fifth with two runs. It loaded the bases on a double by shortstop Becca Bigler followed by a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Trippi drove in the first run of the frame with a single just over the second baseman’s glove. After a fielder’s choice, Mooney walked third baseman Krista Thorn to bring in another run and force herself from the game. DePriest worked out of the jam by getting a pair of strikeouts with the bases loaded.
The Dukes are back in action next weekend as they travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a three-game series at Georgia State beginning on Saturday.