Courtesy: Fairfield University

Softball Closes Homestand with Sweep of Columbia

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 05, 2017

                FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University softball team completed its six-game home stand with a sweep of Columbia University, posting a 4-2 win and a 2-1 victory over the Lions on Wednesday afternoon. It was the team’s second sweep during this home stand, also taking two from Niagara University over the weekend.

                The Stags followed the same script they have all season – score early and let the pitching staff hold down the opponent’s offense. In both games this afternoon, Fairfield scored first-inning runs that set the Stags off in the right direction.

                The team opened the first game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, putting together four hits in the opening frame.  Alisha Marshall started the rally with a one-out single, which Tori Reed followed with her base hit. After moving up a base on a fly out, Marshall trotted home off Gianna Kinhofer’s base hit, a single that also sent Reed to third base. Makenna DiGuilio brought home the second run with the team’s fourth hit of the inning, sending starting pitcher Danielle Tringali to the pitching circle with a 2-0 lead.

                Columbia cut into the lead with a run in the third inning courtesy of a homer from Sommer Grzybek. Fairfield answered with another run in the bottom half of the inning when Courtney Hankins scored after Kinhofer drove a double to center field. The Lions added their final run in the fourth inning but Fairfield regained its two-run edge in the fifth frame as Reed doubled and scored on Hankins’ base hit. Tringali earned the win by pitching the first four innings, allowing five hits and fanning two hitters. Madison Roberts earned her first save by finishing the final three innings, giving up one hit.

                In the second game, Fairfield tacked on a run in the first and second innings for starter Karisa HughenAmanda Ulzheimer manufactured the first run with her speed, beating out an infield hit and stealing second with no one out. Marshall lofted a fly ball that was caught in foul territory by a diving outfielder, which allowed Ulzheimer to score from second base on the sacrifice fly.

                One inning later, the Stags scored a run without benefit of a hit, using two walks and a hit batter to load the bases. Rachel Sieber sent a ball to the right side of the infield which resulted in Kinhofer scampering home to provide a 2-0 lead. Columbia scored its only run in the sixth inning off Destinee Pallotto, who entered the game in the fifth inning. Gryzbek brought the run home with a double to center field, but Pallotto was able to get out of the inning by snagging a line drive back to the pitching circle.

                Hughen extended her scoreless inning streak to 18 innings, last surrendering a run in the seventh inning of the Sacred Heart game a week ago. Today, the right hander allowed one hit in her four innings of work before yielding to Pallotto, who earned her first save by tossing the final three innings.

                Fairfield returns to conference play this weekend when it heads to Marist College on Saturday afternoon and Siena College on Sunday afternoon.

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