Courtesy: Fairfield University

Softball Edges Sacred Heart 2-1

Courtesy: Fairfield University
March 30, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Pitcher Karisa Hughen scattered nine hits and fanned three batters in her seven innings of work as the Fairfield University softball team edged Sacred Heart University 2-1 on Thursday afternoon. The Stags scratched out three hits but made them count in accounting for the team's two runs.

Fairfield picked up the game's first run in the third inning when Amanda Ulzheimer reached base after being hit by a pitch. The freshman was able to move up two bases following a pair of passed balls that put the runner on third base. Alisha Marshall followed with a run-scoring single that pushed the Stags in front 1-0. 

The Pioneers had several opportunities to score runs off Hughen, including a pair of runners in the bottom of the third inning, but Hughen was able to work her way out of the jams consistently. After giving up five hits in the first three innings, the righthander was able to keep Sacred Heart to just four htis over the final four innings.

The Stags doubled their lead in the fifth inning when Molly Roche reached base following a walk. An error off of Ulzheimer's grounder allowed Roche to proceed to third base, putting runners on the corners. After Ulzheimer stole second base, Marshall launched a sacrifice fly to center field that brought home Roche with the second run.

Sacred Heart rallied for a run in the seventh inning off three hits including an RBI infield single with two outs. Hughen finished off the game by inducing a ground ball to third base that retired the side and finished off the Stags' victory.

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