CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Fairfield University softball continued its Florida trip with a split at the South Florida tournament, beating Colgate to begin the day before falling to Bethune-Cookman in the second game on Saturday.
As they have throughout the spring, the Stags took the lead early with a pair of second inning runs. Courtney Hankins opened the inning with a base hit up the middle and advanced to second base off a sacrifice bunt. After a strikeout produced the second out, Hannah Futo walked to put a pair of runners on base. Rachel Sieber came through with a double to send both runners home and spot Fairfield with a 2-0 lead.
A pair of extra base hits helped Colgate get back into the game, using an RBI triple in the third inning and an RBI double in the sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2. Fairfield responded in its half of the sixth, bringing home what the deciding run. Makenna DiGuilio led off the inning with a triple and came home when Kate Robinson’s bunt was enough to score the run. Destinee Pallotto earned the victory in the pitching circle, scattering six hits and striking out five hitters in seven innings.
In the second game, Fairfield posted a pair of runs in its first at-bat of thete game after Tori Reed’s home run brought home Alisha Marshall, who walked earlier in the inning. Bethune Cookman came back with three runs in its first turn in the batter’s box, the key hit being a two-run double.
The Stags regained the lead with two runs in the fourth inning as DiGuilio sent another triple to right field that scored Robinson and Gianna Kinhofer, giving the team its second lead of the game, 4-3. However, Bethune-Cookman posted another four runs in the bottom of the inning to secure a 7-4 edge. The game was put out of reach when the home team added three runs in the fifth inning, resulting in the 10-4 final.