HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Towson University softball team opened the Colonial Athletic Association tournament on Wednesday evening, falling 6-0 to top-seeded Hofstra (41-11, 19-2 CAA) after a lengthy weather delay pushed the start of the game back nearly three hours.
The Tigers (29-27-1, 11-11 CAA) rattled Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year Olivia Galati early, loading the bases against the Pride hurler in the second inning. Macie McGeehan and Bina Abbott each reached base to put runners on first and second with two outs for freshman Caitie Barber. The rookie singled to left field and loaded the bases for Towson.
However, Galati would retire Tiger outfielder Kelli Lyons to end the threat and keep the game scoreless.
In the bottom of the second frame, Hofstra got to Tiger starting pitcher, senior Katie Lingmai. Maggie Hawkins hit a run scoring double that brought home Jess Hirschbuhl for a 1-0 Pride lead.
The Tigers put two runners on base again in the fifth inning, but was unable to score after Barber was hit by a pitch and freshman outfielder and CAA All-Rookie Team selection Olivia Yarbrough hit a bunt single. But Galati was yet again able to work out of trouble, as Delanie Dunham flied out to end the inning.
The Pride added two more runs in the fifth inning on Erin Trippi’s two-run double, then scored three runs in the sixth to add the final margin of victory.
Galati threw her NCAA-leading 19th shutout of the season in a complete game effort, giving up just four Tiger hits and striking out eight.
McGeehan, Abbott, Barber and Yarbrough had hits for Towson.
The Tigers will face third-seeded Delaware in an elimination game on Friday at 2:30 p.m.