Friday, February 25, 2011
Stags Lose Shootout
The Fairfield Stags lost a wild game in Greenville, NC, but discovered that they have a very talented freshman class. Towson prevailed with a walk off double in the bottom of the 7th inning and the Stags split on the first day of the Pirate Clash.
Freshman Rae Ball (pictured) was 3 for 3, including a 6th inning homer that gave the Stags a temporary lead after a dramatic comeback that saw them erase an 8-2 Towson lead. She also pitched four innings in this one. Freshman Lauren Liseth hit a pair of doubles; scored three times and knocked home a run. Freshman Kristen Filicia scored twice and drove home a run. Freshmen Mikayla Shumate and Kimi Kurata also had hits and scored a run apiece.
The Stags jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in this one. Tiffany Lawson, off to a great start this season, singled to open the game. She was thrown out stealing, but Lauren Liseth soon thereafter doubled and was sent home by Kristina Lingo's single. In the 2nd inning, Kristen Filicia singled home Mikayla Shumate who earlier singled.
Kelli Panter started the game for the Stags, but got into big trouble in the bottom of the 2nd inning, giving up 6 runs. She was relieved by Rae Ball who gave up another and the Stags were suddenly down 7-2. Towson would add another run in the 3rd inning to go up by 6 runs.
Fairfield made a stirring comeback beginning in the 5th inning. After Kristen Filicia reached base on an error, Lauren Liseth hit her second double to send her home. Lauren made it to 3rd base on the throw home, and scored herself off of a Kristina Lingo sacrifice fly. Ali Wigand singled and then Rae Ball smashed a double to left that scored Ali and the Stags pulled within 3 runs.
Fairfield would come all the way back in the 6th inning, scoring 5 runs. Kimi Kurata and Tiffany Lawson opened the inning with singles. The bases got loaded when Kristen Filicia was hit by a pitch. Lauren Liseth then walked, giving the Stags a run with still no outs. Kristina Lingo hit another sacrifice fly for another run. An Ali Wigand ground out tied the game, then Rae Ball clubbed a 2 run homer to give the Stags the lead once more, 10-8. Emily Orr relieved Rae Ball in the bottom of the 6th inning, but an illegal pitch, a wild pitch, and an error gave Towson a couple of unearned runs and the win.
Not a bad opening day for Fairfield. They found out that senior Sarah Minice can still be dominant, and that they have an exciting crop of freshmen who have already stood out and made themselves noticed. Senior Kristina Lingo had 4 RBIs on the day. The Stags continue at the Pirate Clash Saturday with a rematch against Towson and a game against host East Carolina.