|Lauren Filicia delivered a big hit in the Stags' 6th inning rally|
The Fairfield Stags advanced to the winners' bracket when they defeated the Iona Gaels 6-2 Thursday morning in Buffalo, NY.
The Gaels built a 2-0 lead in this game when Allie Hand singled home Courtney Miller in the third inning, and Kristen Turner blasted her second homer of the tournament in the fourth inning. They seemed well on their way to a win with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but after a pair of walks, recent ALL-MAAC honoree Lauren Filicia stepped to the plate and calmly stroked a single to center field which brought home the tying and winning runs. The Stags would add three more runs thanks to Sammy Ruffolo's RBI single and Tori Reed's two run homer. Lauren Falkanger earned the win, striking out nine batters.
The Stags will now play Monmouth Friday in the winners' bracket game; the Gaels are currently playing Siena in an elimination game.