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Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Fairfield Stags

Kristen Filicia has graduated, but All-MAAC sister Lauren returns
2014 Record: 15-5 (20-22) 2nd Place

SENIORS:
Sammy Ruffolo OF (.304)
ALL-MAAC
Bri Levick SS (.048)
Sam Frungillo 1B (.216)

JUNIORS:
Lauren Filicia OF (.361; 21 RBIs; 11 SB)
ALL-MAAC
Nicole Capra 3B (.211; 14 RBIs)
Shelby Buttwell C/OF (.263)
Lauren Falkanger P (0-2; 4.04 ERA)

SOPHOMORES:
Molly Roche OF (3 games, injury)
Gianna Kinhofer OF (.317; 3 HR; 19 RBIs)
ALL-MAAC
Nicole Gardon P (2-0; 0.38 ERA)
Tori Reed C/OF (.284; 15 RBIs)

FRESHMEN:
MacKenna DiGuilio IF/OF
Rachel Sieber SS
Lauren Peterson C
Destinee Pallotto P/DP
Angelina McGuire OF
Kate Robinson C/IF

Gone from Fairfield due to graduation is their stellar Class of '14, who defined the team through four years of great success. The one constant for the Stags, head coach Julie Brzezinski (entering her 17th season), always has had the Stags competing for the top spot in the MAAC, no matter the players coming or going. Coach B loses her top two pitchers, but has junior Lauren Falkanger prepared to step out of the understudy role. Sophomore Nicole Gardon also showed promise in 2014. With three All-MAACers in the lineup, Fairfield should be able to generate a good offensive threat. The Stags have a very talented group of freshmen coming aboard; keep an eye on Destinee Pallotto, a double threat in the circle and at the plate.

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