Monday, April 25, 2011

Stags Maintain MAAC Lead With Sweep Of Rider

The MAAC's #1 pitcher threw 12 shutout innings against the Broncs

Fairfield 3
Rider 0

Fairfield 5
Rider 2 (8)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Sarah Minice continued her mastery over the conference by winning two games for Fairfield Monday at Lawrenceville, NJ.

As the MAAC season progresses, senior Sarah Minice just keeps shaving down her ERA. Sarah started game one of this conference doubleheader, which was played today after rain forced its postponement on Saturday. The Broncs did not record a hit until the 6th inning in this one. In the meantime, the Stags jumped out to a 1st inning lead when Kristen Filicia led off the game by being hit by a pitch, stealing 2nd base and scoring when she and Mikayla Shumate, who had singled, were sent home by Ali Wigand's single. The Stags added a run in the top of the 6th inning when Rae Ball walked, stole 2nd base, got to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored after a Tiffany Lawson ground ball. Rider did get two runners on base in the 7th inning, but Sarah Minice struck out Lucy Higgins to end the game. Sarah struck out 6, and walked only one batter to pick up her 11th win of the season. Rachael Matreale pitched well for Rider, allowing only 5 hits, but did suffer the loss.

Rider put up a good fight in the second game, taking the Stags to extra innings. A passed ball and 2 errors in the 2nd inning allowed Samantha Mayer to score and give the Broncs a 1-0 lead. Fairfield tied the game in the top of the 3rd inning when Lauren Liseth doubled home Kimi Kurata, who had walked. Rider went right back on top, 2-1, in the bottom of the same inning. After singling to open the inning, Kehli Washington scored courtesy of Alyssa Paul's double. After that hit, Sarah Minice entered the game in relief of starter Rebecca Trott, and shut the door on Rider for the rest of the game. In the Fairfield 4th inning, Rae Ball tied the game once more when she walked, was moved to 2nd base after Tiffany Lawson singled, was bunted to 3rd base by Laura Carta, and made it home, unearned, after an error by 3rd baseman Brittany Eckett. Rachael Matreale entered the game for Rider in relief of starter Krysti Maronski, and this game remained tied until the top of the 8th inning. After the Stags had loaded the bases with Kristen Filicia and Mikayla Shumate singles, and an Ali Wigand walk, and with 2 outs, Rae Ball drove a pitch to the center field fence that cleared the bases and gave Fairfield the win. Sarah Minice retired the Broncs in the bottom of the 8th for her 12th win, and Rachael Matreale suffered her 2nd loss of the day. Alyssa Paul had a great day for Rider, hitting 4 for 7. The Stags improved their MAAC record to 7-1, and they remainin first place.

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