Saturday, April 11, 2015

Stags Back In Contention With Sweep Of St. Peter's

Kate Robinson celebrates her home run, part of a big day for the Fairfield freshman
Fairfield 11
St. Peter's 0 (5)

Fairfield 4
St. Peter's 3

The Fairfield Stags swept the St. Peter Peacocks in a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in Fairfield, Connecticut.

No team in the MAAC may have been more effected by this weather beaten softball season than Fairfield. The Stags had seemed to have trouble getting their season going. But recently, their play has improved with the emergence of some key young players. The Stags' sweep of St. Peter's got them right back into the MAAC race. Game one was over quickly. The Stags scored five runs in the first inning to set the pace for an easy win. Freshman Kate Robinson, on a hot streak as she begins to see significant playing time, smashed a three run homer in the frame. SPU errors led to two more runs. Sam Frungillo hit a two run home in the second inning for a 7-0 lead; and in the third inning, Fairfield scored four runs. Another RBI off the bat of Kate Robinson, and RBIs by Sammy Ruffolo and .400 hitter Tori Reed gave the Stags the run rule 11-0 win. Lauren Falkanger earned the circle win, allowing just a bunt single while striking out five.

Game two was much closer though, as St. Peter's jumped to a 1-0 lead thanks to Lee Harrison's home run in the top of the second inning. An RBI by Makenna DiGiulio and an unearned run due to error gave Fairfield a 2-1 lead. But Lee Harrison struck again, this time with a two run homer in the top of the fourth inning, and SPU was once again, 3-2. Kate Robinson, with her fifth RBI of the doubleheader, singled home the tying run in the bottom of the same frame. Then in the bottom of the sixth inning, Nicole Capra drove Gianna Kinhofer, who had led off the inning with a double, home with the winning run in a 4-3 Fairfield victory. Nicole Gardon earned the win in four innings of relief.

Fairfield is now 3-3 in the MAAC, and among the top six. St. Peter's fell to 0-8.

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