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Hofstra’s Galati Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Feb 27, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

Hofstra pitcher/designated player Olivia Galati has been named a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball, Premier Sports Management announced.

Galati was one of just 30 players named to the list and the only member of the Colonial Athletic Association to make the cut. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Galati is the second female student-athlete from Hofstra to be named a candidate for a CLASS Award this season, joining women’s basketball senior forward Shante Evans. Evans was selected in November.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities, according to the press release from the sponsoring organization.

The 2013 candidate class includes 15 candidates who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Six were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American team, and seven were members of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America team.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City May 30 through June 5.

Galati was the first-ever first-team All-America selection in program history after she went 34-7 with a Division I-leading 0.95 ERA as a junior in 2012. Galati led Hofstra to a CAA title and the school’s first-ever appearance in the Super Regionals. She is 2-2 with four complete games to start 2013.

In the classroom, Galati posted a 3.57 GPA in 2012 to earn the CAA’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in softball while also being named a 2012 All-American Scholar Athlete by the NFCA.