Friday, February 22, 2013

OMG Fairfield!

Lauren Liseth had a powerful opening day
Liberty 9
Fairfield 8 (8)

Fairfield 14
East Carolina 10

The Fairfield Stags opened their 2013 season by opening up their offense, scoring 22 runs in a pair of games Friday at the Pirate Invitational in Greenville, NC.

I'm going straight to game two. As a matter of fact, I'm going straight to inning seven of game two. This particular inning should make the rest of the MAAC scared; very scared. This was the inning when, against a very good East Carolina pitching staff, and on the Pirates home field, the Stags came from behind blasting ten (10) runs and seemingly scoring at will. It was an awesome spectacle. Too much happened to list it all in detail , but Kimi Kurata gave Fairfield, who entered the inning trailing 6-4, the lead with a two run single. But that wasn't all. Lauren Liseth hit an epic blast over the left field fence, a grand slam home run, which was actually her second at bat in the inning! (In her first at bat, she singled and scored the Stags' first run of the inning). Kristen Filicia  began the historic inning for Fairfield by striking out; however she made up for it later in the inning with a hit and RBI! Her sister Lauren, playing in her first weekend of games, also drove home a run in the inning. Needless to say the hometown Pirates were stunned, and did attempt a big inning comeback, but fell way short.
Rae Ball had three RBIs; Sam Frungillo, Nicole Capra and Sammy Ruffolo also had RBIs. Taylor August got her first career hit. Becca Trott earned the win, even though she allowed ten runs (eight of them earned).

I had thought the Stags' game vs. Liberty was wild until the aforementioned. But the first game of the day was very entertaining, with Fairfield losing in extra innings, 9-8. Lauren Falkanger made the first start of her career, going 4.1 innings before being relieved by Rae Ball, who took the loss. The Stags pounded out a dozen hits in this one, taking an early lead, then losing it, then tying the game in the sixth inning. It looked as if Fairfield would win in storybook fashion when freshman Lauren Filicia, in her very first career at bat, hit a two out, two run single for an 8-6 lead. But a Liberty homer in the bottom of the same inning ended that dream. Mikayla Shumate and Tiffany Lawson each had three hits in this game. Lauren Liseth and Sammy Ruffolo each had two hits. Lauren was 5 for 7 on the day.

The Stags will have a rematch with Liberty Saturday, weather permitting.

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