|The Fairfield Stag will play for MAAC title for the 4th time in 5 years|
The Fairfield Stags have advanced to the MAAC tournament championship round by beating the Siena Saints 7-3 Friday in Buffalo, NY.
Had a few breaks gone their way, we'd be talking about the Fairfield softball program dynasty. The Stags will be playing in the MAAC championship game for the fourth time in the last five seasons when they meet Monmouth Saturday - maybe this will be their year. They got out to a 3-0 lead in this elimination game due to some Siena miscues. Tori Reed's sacrifice fly gave them a 1-0 lead in the first inning after an error. Another Siena error scored two more in the third inning, with Sam Frungillo sacrificing home a run. The Saints got back in the game in the top of the fourth inning with RBIs from Melanie Kalesse and Lauren Milligan, but the Stags answered immediately in the bottom of the same inning when Nicole Capra blasted a pitch over the left field fence, her second homer of the day, and Lauren Filicia drove home a run. Fairfield scored twice more in the fifth inning, thanks to Sam Frungillo's second RBI of the game and an unearned run. Paige Hess would hit a homer for Siena, but Lauren Falkanger otherwise shut the door on the Saints the rest of the way, striking out eight in her complete game win.
So Fairfield will have to beat Monmouth twice on Saturday to win the title. They did, however, score eight runs on the Hawks in today's earlier loss; they know they can hit MU pitching. Siena's season ended, but not before they won multiple tournament games for the first time in their history.