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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Stags Sweep Niagara; Prepare For First Place Showdown

Sarah Minice has been unbeatable this season

Fairfield 3
Niagara 0

Fairfield 4
Niagara 3

Game One Box Score
Game Two box Score

Sarah Minice won twice today in Fairfield, CT, striking out 17 Purple Eagles in game one, and coming on in relief in game two.

Senior Sarah Minice just seems to be getting stronger as her final season winds down. She is now 11-0 in MAAC play, with an ERA under 0.50 or something. She faced a hard hitting Niagara team and struck out 17 of them in game one. She struck out Teresa Healy three times alone. It's kind of scary how good she's pitching right now. She allowed only one hit, to Kristin Sito, and walked only one. The Stags scored all their runs in the 4th inning, both home runs. Ali Wigand hit a two run homer, and was immediately followed by Rae Ball's solo shot. Kim Bryson took the loss for Niagara, striking out three.

Ali Wigand continued her hot hand in game two, driving home three runs and hitting her second homer of the day, another two run shot. Niagara however had taken a 3-1 lead into the 6th inning thanks to RBIs by Kayla Hines, Becky Zill and Alexis Wayne. Ali's homer tied it in the bottom of that inning, then Mikayla Shumate won it for Fairfield in the bottom of the 7th inning with a two out single that scored Laura Carta. Rebecca Trott started this game for the Stags, and pitched well, striking out three. Rae Ball relieved her in the 6th inning, then Sarah Minice came in to shut the door in the 7th. Julie DiMatteo took the loss for Niagara.

These games ended Niagara's season, and the career of Teresa Healy.
Fairfield will now travel to Marist on Sunday for a first place showdown. If the Stags win once, they end up with the first seed. Marist will have to sweep to gain first place.

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