Saturday, May 5, 2012

Fairfield And Manhattan Split

Katie Bowen's extra inning grand slam won game two

Fairfield 4
Manhattan 0

Manhattan 4
Fairfield 0 (8)

Game One Box

Game Two Box

The Fairfield Stags got a valuable win in their march to the tournament and the Manhattan Lady Jaspers got another quality win as the two teams split a doubleheader Saturday in Riverdale, NY.

Fairfield is in the midst of the postseason race, and needed at least one win in this MAAC doubleheader. The Stags got it in game one, behind the continued strong pitching of sophomore Becca Trott. Becca was in control, not allowing a Lady Jasper to get past second base, scattering six hits. Her teammates got in front in the first inning without getting the ball out of the infield. Kristen Filicia opened the game with a walk, and actually scored when the next batter, Sammy Ruffolo, laid down a sacrifice bunt. Manhattan third baseman Kelly Murray threw the ball away, and before the LJs could recover, Kristen made it all the way home with an unearned run. On the play, Sammi Ruffolo made it all the way to third base, later scoring on Alli Wigand's suicide squeeze bunt. The Stags made it 3-0 in the fifth inning when Rae Ball hit a long foul for a sacrifice fly that scored Sammy Ruffolo. Fairfield added another run in the seventh inning with Kimi Kurata's RBI single.

Game two of the doubleheader was the Katie Bowen show. The probable All-MAAC selection started in the circle for the LJs, and completely shut Fairfield down, tossing a two hitter. Stags' starter Rae Ball was doing a pretty good job herself, scattering four hits through regulation, and the game went to extra innings scoreless (every MAAC series today had extras). This one didn't last long however. Manhattan loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning when Anna Gallacher singled, Jocelin Whitmore walked and Amanda Babcock singled. Uh oh...that brought up Katie Bowen with a walk out of the question. Rae Ball had to pitch to her, and Boom! Katie smashed the ball over the right field fence for the win.

Manhattan won their fourth conference game, and look to bring confidence into the fall when they begin the next season. Fairfield is now 9-5, in good shape for the tournament, but not out of the woods yet.

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