|Rachel Shotzbarger drove home 5 runs in win|
The Monmouth Hawks defeated the Fairfield Stags 12-8 Friday in Buffalo, earning the right to play for the Championship of the MAAC on Saturday.
This was a strange tournament game, with both teams mounting big comebacks and combining for 29 hits. But it was Monmouth who ended on top of the pile and in the driver's seat. A seven run, sixth inning onslaught sealed the win for the school only in its second year in the MAAC. Rachel Shotzbarger had a huge game, with a homer and five RBIs. Chloe Howerth, Emma Hill and Ashalynn Umiamaka all had three hits; Ashalynn and Kayleena Flores both drove home a pair of runs. For Fairfield, who had a big five run fifth inning, home runs were hit by Molly Roche and Nicole Capra. Tori Reed finished with three hits.
Monmouth waits for their opponent in the championship round; Fairfield plays Siena next in the final elimination game.