Sunday, May 1, 2011

Manhattan And Fairfield Split

Erika Sullivan was clutch in the circle and at the plate in game two

Fairfield 3
Manhattan 1

Manhattan 4
Fairfield 3

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Two contenders for the MAAC crown split a key doubleheader Sunday in Fairfield, CT.

I guess Manhattan has to be satisfied with their split against Fairfield because so far no one is beating Sarah Minice. Sarah improved her MAAC record to 9-0 with another great pitching performance in game one. She struck out 13 batters, and allowed only 3 hits. One of those hits was an RBI single by the recently resurgent Jaci Rahey in the 4th inning that cut the Stags lead to 2-1. But Fairfield was never behind in this game. The Stags scored single runs in the first two innings, with Lauren Liseth and Kristen Filicia driving home the tallies. They added another run in the 5th inning when Lauren tripled home Mikayla Shumate. Melissa Donnelly pitched well for the Lady Jaspers, but took the loss.

The LJs really needed a win in game two to remain in good post season shape, and they got it, 4-3. They took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning when, after Katie Bowen singled, Erika Sullivan knocked a pitch over the left field wall. Fairfield responded in the bottom of the same inning with a Laura Carta RBI sacrifice fly. The LJs took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 3rd inning when a Jaci Rahey fly ball scored Kristina Walraven, who had doubled. The Stags came storming back to tie the game in the bottom of the 3rd; Mikayla Shumate and Kristina Lingo singles doing the trick. A two out, 6th inning single by freshman Katie Bowen scored Melissa Donnelly with the winning run for Manhattan, who improved to 8-4 in the conference. Erika Sullivan came in to relieve starter Ashley Rampino in the 5th inning, and shut the door on the Stags for her 9th win of the season. Rebecca Trott took the loss for Fairfield, striking out 5. Fairfield is in quite good shape though, with a 10-2 record.

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