Courtesy: Fairfield University

Hughen Spins Shutout as Fairfield Splits with Canisius

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 03, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Karisa Hughen tossed a complete game shutout for the second straight day as the Fairfield University softball team split a doubleheader with MAAC foe Canisius on Monday afternoon on Alumni Softball Field. The perennial MAAC contender Golden Griffins won the first game, 5-4, before Hughen’s gem in the nightcap salvaged the split by the score of 4-0. Courtney Hankins added an RBI for the Stags in each end of the twin bill.

The split moves Fairfield, which swept Niagara on Sunday, to 10-17 overall and 3-1 in the MAAC. The Golden Griffins stand at 13-20 on the season with a 1-3 MAAC record.

Hankins was the lone Stag to notch two RBI on the day. Tori Reed and Lacey Olaff each knocked in a run in the opener, while Angelina McGuire and Gianna Kinhofer both pushed a run across in the second game.

Destinee Pallotto (6-6) took the ball in the opener and scattered 10 hits and two earned runs, with Canisius capitalizing on a pair of Fairfield error to plate an additional three tallies. She struck out three batters and did not issue a walk.

The Stags plated three on their first at-bat of the day courtesy of an RBI single from Reed, a bases loaded walk by Lacey Olaff and a wild pitch that scored Hankins from third, putting Fairfield on top after the Golden Griffins plated two in the top of the first. Canisius claimed the lead for good with three runs in the top of the third inning before Hankins’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame rounded out the eventual final score at 5-4.

Lauren Castro earned the win in the circle for Canisius, ceding four runs on four hits and four walks over 5.2 innings. Madi Weather recorded the save after stranding a runner on third the bottom of the sixth and tossing a perfect seventh to complete the effort.

Reed and Alisha Marshall each had two hits in the opener with Hankins’ single rounding out the Stags’ offensive output. Marshall also scored two of Fairfield’s four runs.

Hughen (4-9) was the story in the nightcap, limiting Canisius to four singles with two strikeouts and two walks in her complete game effort. Yesterday, she blanked Niagara in single fashion, scattering four singles and keeping the Purple Eagles off the board in a 2-0 victory.

In today’s game, the Stags once again provided run supporter for their pitcher in the first inning on a Hankins single to plate Amanda Ulzheimer. The Stags added another run in the bottom of the fourth when Kinhofer singled home McGuire to extend the lead to 2-0.

A pair of insurance tallies came across in the bottom of the fifth to cap the scoring. After Reed got the offense going with a one-out double, an effort in right field on a long fly ball allowed Hankins to reach second base while Reed raced home. The next batter was McGuire, who laced a triple down the right field line to stake Fairfield to a 4-0 lead.

Hughen got in and out of a jam to complete her outing. After Canisius loaded the bases with none down in the top of the seventh inning, the junior induced a pop-out in foul territory, a strike out and a groundout to quell the threat and end the game.

Reed and Ulzheimer both had two hits in the second game, with Hankins, McGuire and Kinhofer each adding one.

Fairfield returns to Alumni Softball Field on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader with visiting Columbia. The Lions are 11-13 and riding a six-game winning streak comprised of home doubleheader sweeps of Monmouth, Dartmouth and Harvard.

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