HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Four home runs led Hofstra (38-13) to the 2012 CAA title as the Pride beat Georgia State (38-18) 9-1 in five-innings Saturday afternoon at the Hofstra Softball Complex.

Georgia State got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning. Brenna Morrissey lead of the game with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica Clifton and scored on a double by Lauren Coleman.

That represented the only hit by the Panthers over the rest of the game as Hofstra pitcher Olivia Galati continue to stifle the Panther offense. The junior threw a complete game and struck out ten batters.

Galati, named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, also hit one of four home runs for the Pride. Becca Bigler had two of the long-balls and Krista Thorne added a solo shot in the second inning.

Coleman, Paige Nowacki and Ashley Christy were the three representatives from GSU on the CAA All-Tournament team.

GSU was trying to repeat as CAA champions after capturing the conference title in 2011 on this same field. This marks the fourth time Georgia State has been the conference runner-up to Hofstra.

Three Panther pitchers were used on the afternoon, after starter Alana Thomas was knocked out in the second inning. McCall Langford gave up six runs on as many hits in her 2.1 innings pitched. Kaitlyn Medlam got the final two outs in the fourth inning without allowing a baserunner.

The Panthers went 2-2 in the tournament, earning two wins over James Madison and suffering two losses to Hofstra. Overall, GSU finishes the season with a 38-18 record, the fifth best in school history.

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