NEW YORK – Hofstra watched batting practice from the field and was honored by the New York Mets in a pregame ceremony at Citi Field on Monday.
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 appearance in a super regional. Hofstra finished the season ranked No. 16 in the final NFCA poll, the highest season-ending finish in school history.
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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 its 42-15 season read over the PA system. Junior Olivia Galati was highlighted after being the first first-team All-American in program history and setting a school mark with a 34-7 record. She lead all Division I pitchers with 17 shutouts and a 0.95 ERA.
The pregame festivities also included Bubba Watson, the 2012 Master’s champion, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver posing with Johan Santana to commemorate the Mets’ first 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.”