Friday, May 13, 2011
Fairfield Advances To Championship Saturday
The Fairfield Stags advanced to the championship round of the MAAC Tournament with a 3-2 win over the Marist Red Foxes Friday in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Fairfield put themselves in the driver's seat with a one run victory; they were never behind in this game. The Stags jumped in front early when MAAC Rookie Of The Year Lauren Liseth drove an Emily Osterhaus pitch over the center field fence after a Mikayla Shumate single in the 1st inning. Just another in a long line of big hits for Lauren; but it was certainly her biggest thus far. Marist did come back to tie the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Ashley Corriss doubled home Haley Birnbaum, then a sacrifice fly off the bat of Sarah Carmody scored Caitlin Schell and it was a 2-2 game. The Stags would take the lead for good in the top of the 4th inning however when a two out single by Laura Carta scored Kristina Lingo, who had led off with a single. Marist would place base runners in every inning for the rest of the game, but could not score on Fairfield starter Sarah Minice, who struck out 7 Red Foxes. Mikayla Shumate was 3 for 4 in this game.
So the Stags advance to Championship Saturday, where they will have two chances to win one game for the MAAC title. Marist will play the winner of the Iona-Manhattan game later today.