Thursday, May 12, 2011
Battle Of The Sarahs Part Two
A predictable pitchers' duel was the story in the day one match up between Fairfield and Iona; the Stags advance to the winners bracket with a 2-1 win Thursday at the MAAC Championship in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The top two pitchers in the conference faced off in a crucial MAAC Tournament game, and once again senior Sarah Minice prevailed. It was a very close game though. Alyssa Maiese stunned the Stags in the top of the 2nd inning when she launched a bomb over the center field fence. It was her 10th homer of the season, and gave the Gaels a 1-0 lead. After that, neither team had many serious chances to score, but the Stags capitalized in the bottom of the 4th inning. Kristen Filicia opened the frame with a single, and was sacrificed to 2nd base base by Mikayla Shumate. A costly throwing error by shortstop Deanne Algeo then moved her to 3rd base. A ground out by Kristina Lingo scored Kristen with the tying run; a throwing error by first baseman Allyssa James moved Lauren Liseth to 3rd base. Lauren scored the go ahead run on an Alli Wigand suicide squeeze bunt. Iona did get a runner to third base in the top of the 5th inning, but from that point onward, Sarah Minice shut the door, retiring the final 7 batters she faced. Sarah Jackson struck out 7 for Iona. Each team had only 3 hits in this game.
Fairfield moves on to the winners bracket Friday morning against Marist. Iona will then play in the losers bracket against Manhattan. The loser of the first game, and the winner of the second game will then play for the right to advance to Championship Saturday.