Courtesy: Fairfield University

Softball Secures Split On Final Day Of Patriot Classic

Courtesy: Fairfield University
March 05, 2017

FAIRFAX, VA. -- The Fairfield University softball team finished off its final day at the Patriot Classic with a split, giving the Stags three wins in four games at the two-day event. This afternoon, Fairfield dropped a 7-1 decision to Army West Point in the first game, but rebounded with a shutout of host George Mason University, 3-0.

For the second day in a row, the freshmen were a big part of the team's offense, while the pitching staff continued its progression in early season action. Today, freshman Amanda Ulzheimer picked up another four hits, giving the rookie eight in the four-game series. And, junior pitcher Destinee Pallotto earned her second victory in as many days, surrendering just five hits and striking out four in her complete-game shutout.

In the opener, Fairfield had one bad inning in which Army West Point took advantage of a little wildness to score four runs on one hit to blow up a close game. With the score tied at 1-1, the Black Knights used three walks, a hit batsman, and a bases-clearing triple to post their four-run frame. Combined with the Stags' struggling offensively for the first time this year, Army West Point was able to stop Fairfield's brief two-game win streak.

The Stags scored their lone run of the game in the second inning when Courtney Hankins and Kate Robinson wrapped singles around a walk to Gianna Kinhofer to load the bases with one out. Makenna DiGuilio brought the run home with a fielder's choice that tied the game at 1-1.

In the second game, Fairfield combined three hits with a pair of George Mason errors to score three times in the first inning, all the runs that would be scored in the game. Ulzheimer led off the inning with a single and took second when Alisha Marshall reached base on a fielding error.

Tori Reed followed with a base hit that sent home Ulzheimer while an error on the play allowed Reed to move to second and sent Marshall home with an unearned run. Reed would score when Kinhofer stroked a single that made the score 3-0.

Pallotto made those runs stand up as she yielded just five singles to record her first shutout of the season.

Fairfield will have the week off before heading south for 13 games in eight days as part of its annual spring break trip.

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