A magical ride has come to a heartbreaking conclusion in Chapel Hill as the Hofstra Pride (30-23) baseball team fell to the Georgia Bulldogs (36-22), 24-1, in the NCAA Regionals in an elimination game in front of 2,889 fans inside Boshamer Stadium.
It was a scoreless game through the first two innings, before the Bulldogs erupted for 13 runs in the top of the third inning that seemingly put the game out of reach even with the Pride having 21 offensive outs to work with.
Hofstra, with a new coaching staff this season, was predicted to finish in ninth place in the CAA preseason poll but finished in a tie for second place in the regular season standings and won the CAA Tournament to get the auto-bid to make their first ever NCAA Tournament in program history and finish the historic season with a 30-23 record.
This was an incredible group and a season to remember. A team that Hofstra fans won’t forget.
Despite the season coming to a close, this is a great opportunity for a program on the rise. Solid coaching staff and a wonderful educational opportunity for student-athletes. It was an excellent year and I think more to follow in the years ahead.
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