Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fairfield Sweeps Rider

Becca Trott shut down the Broncs in game one

Fairfield 1
Rider 0

Fairfield 7
Rider 2

Game One Box

Game Two Box

The Fairfield Stags jumped up in the standings with their sweep of Rider Sunday in Fairfield, CT.

Game one in this MAAC doubleheader wasn't as close as it looks, and game two was closer than it looks.
Yes, game one was decided by a 1-0 score, but Becca Trott didn't give anything for Rider to work with. With all the fanfare surrounding Sarah Jackson and Rachael Matreale, Becca is becoming one of the premier pitchers in the MAAC. She did not allow a Bronc past second base, and you got the sense that it was never going to go good for Rider. But Becca was against Rachael in this game, and her teammates could score only a single run. That happened in the first inning, and only did because of a wild pitch that allowed Kristen Filicia to get to third base before Alli Wigand's two out single sent her home. They might still be playing this game as I write, because Rachael Matreale was outstanding again. That was especially true in the third inning when Fairfield put their first three batters on base with an infield single, walk and hit batsman. Rachael dug down deep and struck out Rae Ball, Kimi Kurata and Tiffany Lawson in order, leaving all three runners standing. But that single run held up for the Fairfield win.

Rachaele Matreale did start game two, and this time her team got her a 2-0 lead. In the third inning, Alyssa Paul singled home Amanda Irving, then executed a double steal with Kehli Washington who scored ahead of her. But Fairfield would respond immediately in the bottom of the same inning. A Sammy Ruffolo infield single and a walk to Lauren Liseth set up Alli Wigand who smashed a double to left that scored both. This game remained close for a couple more innings, but ended in perhaps a predictable way when Rachael Matreale ran out of gas in the sixth inning. With the help of an error by third baseman Alyssa Paul, the Stags scored five unearned runs to win 7-2. The big hit was Rae Ball's double which cleared the bases for three RBIs. Rae also got the win in the circle, pitching a very controlled game. Alli Wigand also drove home three for Fairfield; Alyssa Paul had three hits for Rider.

Both teams are still very much in the thick of things. Fairfield improved to 8-4; Rider fell to 7-5.

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