Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fairfield And Marist Split; Stags Earn #1 Seed

Emily Osterhaus became the only MAAC pitcher to beat Sarah Minice in 2011

Marist 1
Fairfield 0

Fairfield 4
Marist 1

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Fairfield Stags won the regular season title when they split a doubleheader with Marist Sunday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

It was a battle for first place Sunday on the field that will host the upcoming MAAC Championship. Fairfield needed one win to take the number one seed, and started Sarah Minice in the first game. Sarah pitched her typical great game, allowing only two hits while striking out 8. But Emily Osterhaus was better this day. Emily probably pitched the best game of her young career thus far, shutting out the first place Stags , scattering 5 hits and striking out 8. And she needed to shut down the Stags, because only one run was scored in this game. That came in the 5th inning when a two out walk to surprise starter Nicole Van Loan gave Ashley Corriss the opportunity to drive home Christina Lausch for a 1-0 Marist lead. Emily Osterhaus breezed through the final two innings for her 14th win of the season. Emily went toe to toe with the best pitcher in the conference, and won. And don't forget, she also has a victory over Sarah Jackson under her belt. How's that for mixed metaphors!

So it became a one game showdown---winner takes first place. Marist went with Emily Osterhaus again, while Fairfield started Rae Ball. Rae pitched four solid innings, allowing only a run, then gave way to Sarah Minice who shut the door for the final three innings. The Stags took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning thanks to Tiffany Lawson and Laura Carta RBI singles. Marist halved the Fairfield lead in the bottom of the 5th inning when Christina Lausch doubled home Caitlin Schell, who had walked. At this point Sarah Minice entered the game, and it was lights out. RBI singles by Kristina Lingo in the 6th, and Rae Ball in the 7th provided the final margin of 4-1. Rae Ball earned the win; Sarah Minice picked up the save. The loss went to Emily Osterhaus, who pitched 2 1/3 innings.

So Fairfield is the number one seed; Marist number three. It has been a dream season for the Red Foxes, and it continues on their home field. Sarah Minice and the Fairfield freshmen answered a lot of preseason questions with their great regular season performance. Great chance of these teams meeting again, perhaps for all the marbles.

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