Friday, October 7, 2011
MAAC Players---Becca Trott, Fairfield
Fairfield's Becca Trott spent most of her freshman season in the shadow of Sarah Minice; understandable considering Sarah was having a fabulous senior season en route to a second MAAC Pitcher Of The Year award. So Becca didn't see much action during the 2011 regular season, but pitched well with an ERA under 3.00 in her time in the circle.
Then she was called upon in the most pressure filled situation possible.
The Stags had made it through the winner's bracket in the MAAC Tournament, and were facing off against defending champion Iona when the unthinkable occurred---Sarah Minice faltered and was removed after surrendering four runs in the first inning of game one. Enter Becca, who one hit the Gaels the rest of the way. But with those four runs holding up, a one game showdown for the MAAC title resulted.
Fairfield Head Coach Julie Brzezinski then made a stunning decision---she started the freshman in game two. And Becca pitched heroically, completely shutting down the champs for five innings, this time allowing only two hits. Ten innings, no runs allowed in a situation that would have had most freshmen quaking in their cleats. Coach Brzezinski probably to this day wishes she had kept Becca in the game with a 2-0 lead that was lost in the 7th inning. But the silver lining was that she found her ace for the next three seasons.
Sarah is gone, but Becca takes the reins!