The Hofstra softball team watched batting practice from the field and were honored by the Mets in a pregame ceremony at Citi Field last night.
Most of the players and the entire coaching staff from Hofstra were recognized before the Mets-Orioles game. The Pride won the Colonial Athletic Association championship and the Los Angeles Regional en route to its first-ever appearance in the Super Regional. Hofstra finished the season ranked 16th in the final NFCA poll, the highest season-ending finish in school history.
Hofstra players and staff had the chance to talk to Mets players and posed for pictures with third baseman David Wright, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter. Orioles left-handed hitter Nick Johnson also posed for pictures with the team.
Before the ceremonial first pitch, Hofstra posed for a group photo on the field and had the accomplishments from their 42-15 season read over the public address system. Junior Olivia Galati’s season was also highlighted to the crowd. Galati is the only first-team All-America in program history and set a school record with a 34-7 record and led all Division I pitchers with 17 shutouts and a 0.95 ERA.
“It’s so exciting to be with my teammates and I’m a huge David Wright fan, so it’s an experience I’ll never forget,” junior outfielder Tessa Ziemba said. “It’s so special because you don’t get to do something like this often, and getting to see the seniors and have everyone together again is so special.”
The pregame festivities also included Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver posing with Johan Santana to commemorate his no-hitter earlier this month.
“There’s no other experience like this to be on a professional field like this,” senior third baseman Krista Thorn said. “It’s been an amazing four years and I’m glad to spend some more time with my fellow seniors.”
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-Brian Bohl, Hofstra Athletics