Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz and other distinguished University personnel held a private graduation ceremony for the Hofstra Softball program’s eight seniors, who missed Sunday’s graduation as they were competing in the 2013 NCAA Division I Softball Championship Regional at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.
Graduating today were Becca Bigler, Olivia Galati, Jess Hirschbuhl, Nicole Osovski, Rachael Senatore, D.J. Slugh, Tessa Ziemba and student manager Johnny Larson. Hirschbuhl, who earned her bachelor’s degree in 2012, received a master’s degree Tuesday.
The special commencement ceremony, which has become a tradition for the softball program, became necessary as the Pride advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship Regional this past Sunday, missing the University graduation ceremonies that day.
The Pride, which has made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, took the sixth-ranked Tigers of Missouri to second title game in the regional after posting two victories over Oregon State around a 1-0 loss to host Mizzou before coming back to top the Tigers in the first potential title game on Sunday afternoon, 10-0 in five innings.
Hofstra has won at least one NCAA Tournament game in the last 11 appearances and has been victorious in at least two games in a regional in the last four appearances dating to 2008.
Hofstra ended the season with a 46-13 record in setting the program-standard for single-season wins, besting the previous mark of 45-win campaigns set by both the 2008 and 2010 squads.