After getting an unexpected day of rest on Saturday due to inclement weather, Sarah Cornell carried the Hofstra softball team to a win Sunday morning, pitching the first no-hitter in the freshman’s career.
The 3-0 win against Elon extended the Pride’s win streak to six games, pushing the squad to an 8-3 conference record as it holds its third place spot in the CAA.
The early afternoon win came on Senior Day for the Pride.
“The team just rallied around the seniors, and they went out and played hard for them,” said head coach Larissa Anderson.
Although it was Senior Day, it was the no-hitter by the freshman that was the story of the afternoon. Cornell’s feat was accomplished with nine strikeouts while giving up two walks through seven innings of play.
“Cornell was on fire. She really controlled the strike zone. We made some great plays defensively. I was very impressed with Cornell’s outing,” Anderson said.
The victory brought her record to 16-7 as she continues to display her growing repertoire throughout her freshman campaign.
Although by the end of the game the no-hitter was accomplished by Hofstra, Elon’s Kiandra Mitchum held her own from the mound and allowed only one hit through three and a half innings of play.
After the slow offensive start by the teams, the fourth inning finally saw the game’s first real action as Nikki Michalowski doubled to left field. Soon after, a Patierno single led to Michalowski running home for the 1-0 lead.
The sixth inning saw Michalowski hit her second double of the day, striking left field just as she did with her first. Michalowski would then make her second jog to home plate after a home run by Sarah Edwards stretched out the lead to three.
The Pride finished the game with six hits compared to Elon’s zero.
Besides Elon’s no-show offensively, two errors by the Phoenix also aided Hofstra in maintaining its tight hold on the game.