NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The Fairfield University softball team dropped a pair of conference road games this afternoon, falling to Iona College by a 2-1 and 3-1 count. The Gaels scored a run in the bottom of the seventh of game one for the walk-off win and built a 3-0 lead with three single runs to pick up the sweep.
The Stags jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening game, plating a run in the fourth inning. Fairfield manufactured its run when Tori Reed led off the inning with a walk. The catcher followed with a stolen base and advanced to third base after Courtney Hankins grounded out. Gianna Kinhofer brought the run home with a sacrifice fly to left field, spotting starting pitcher Destinee Pallotto a 1-0 lead.
The Gaels rallied to tie the score in the sixth inning, taking advantage of an error that put the leadoff batter on first base. After a walk placed a pair of runners on the base paths, Pallotto was able to induce a pair of outs with a fly out to center and pop up to the catcher. But Iona tied the game with a base hit that made the score 1-1.
Iona won the game in walk-off fashion when Hailey Thompson opened the inning with a solo home run to left field. The Stags posted three hits in the game with Makenna DiGuillio stroking a pair of hits and Reed adding the third base hit.
In the second game, the home team jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a single run in the first, second, and fifth innings. Kristen Turner was responsible for the first run with a home run in the team's opening inning. Thompson pushed the score to 2-0 with an RBI double in the second inning, followed by an RBI double by Tori Danner.
Fairfield averted the shutout with a run in the sixth inning courtesy of an RBI single from Hankins. Angelina McGuire scored the run, getting on base with a lead off single to start the rally. She also picked up a leadoff hit to start the game. The Stags' fourth hit was a pinch-hit single by Molly Roche.