Saturday, April 14, 2012

Stags Climb To .500 With Sweep Of Canisius

Sammy Ruffolo cleared the bases in game two

Fairfield 2
Canisius 1

Fairfield 4
Canisius 2

Game One Box
Game Two Box

The Fairfield Stags evened their record to 3-3 with a doubleheader sweep of Canisius in Buffalo, NY Saturday.

Fairfield's 2012 season was on the line when they stepped onto the field at the Demske Sports Complex today. The Stags had gotten off to a rough start this MAAC season, and needed two wins on the road. All the runs in game one were scored in the first inning. Fairfield came out of the gate with four hits against Canisius starter Jen Consaul. One out singles by Kimi Kurata and Lauren Liseth brought Ali Wigand to the plate, who sent them both home with a double. Canisius quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, but Michelle DelPrince's run after Becca Trott's wild pitch would be the last score in this game for either team. Both pitchers would allow only three hits the rest of the way. Canisius would have one last great chance however. In the fourth inning, the Golden Griffins loaded the bases before making an out. Becca Trott shut the door though; Canisius could not even produce a sacrifice to tie the game. Lauren Liseth was 2 for 3 for the Stags; Lauren Falzone had a pair of hits for Canisius.

The Golden Griffins got on the board first in game two, once again in a bases loaded situation. Stephanie Pfentner singled home Val Nappo, and with only one out, it looked like Canisius might have a big inning. But Fairfield's Rae Ball prevented further damage with a timely one out strikeout before inducing a harmless fly ball to end the threat. Fairfield once again put up all their runs in one inning, scoring four times in the fourth. The Stags loaded the bases on three singles when freshman Sammy Ruffolo stepped up and drove a pitch to left field for a triple, giving the Stags a lead they would not relinquish. Tiffany Lawson singled Sammy home for a 4-1 Fairfield lead. Canisius would cut the lead in half thanks to a fifth inning Lizzy Gatto double, but the Griffs would get no closer than that. Rae Ball earned the win for Fairfield; Kimi Kurata had a pair of hits.

Fairfield will be at Niagara on Sunday. Canisius dropped to 2-2, and will host Iona Sunday.

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