CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Fairfield University softball team found ways to score runs this afternoon with nine hits in each game but the Stags were not able to translate the offensive output into enough runs, dropping a pair of games at the Green & White Invitational. Fairfield fell to host UNC-Charlotte 8-5 in the first game before coming up short in a 6-4 setback against La Salle.
The 49ers opened the scoring in their first at-bat, registering a pair of singles in the inning but scoring off a wild pitch. The Stags tied the game in the top of the third inning when Alisha Marshall took first after being hit by a pitch. Angelina McGuire singled her to second, after which Tori Reed brought home the tying run with a single to center field.
After Charlotte plated a pair of runs in the fourth inning, Fairfield brought home its second run in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 3-2. Marshall and McGuire started the inning with back-to-back singles and were moved up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Reed came to the plate and beat out an infield single to the left side, allowing Marshall to run home.
Charlotte tacked on a total of five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to grab a commanding 8-2 lead. The Stags made a valiant attempt to come back and win the game, sending home three runners in the top of the seventh before running out of hope. With runners on first and second, a pair of freshmen provided the slugging that produced all of those runs. Hannah Futo brought home the first run of the inning while Amanda Ulzheimer followed with a double of her own, sending home a pair of Stags.
In the second game, La Salle scored a pair of runs in the first and second innings to start the game off with a 4-1 lead. The Fairfield run came in the second inning, courtesy of Rachel Sieber's RBI double that drove home pinch-runner Makenna DiGuilio, who took over after McGuire drew a leadoff walk.
After La Salle added two more runs in the fifth inning, the Stags rallied for three of their own in the top of the sixth frame. Fairfield pieced together four hits in the inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Lacey Olaff and an RBI single from Lauren Petersen.
The Stags finish up their three-day stay at the Green & White Invitational with a game on Sunday.