Courtesy: Fairfield University

Softball Splits With Manhattan

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 29, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University softball team gained a much-needed split in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play today, winning the opener before dropping the second game against Manhattan College. The Stags picked up a 2-0 victory to start the twin bill but the Jaspers rebounded with a 6-1 decision in the game two.

All of the offense came in the second inning for the Stags as the team pieced together three hits in the frame. Gianna Kinhofer opened the inning with a base hit off the pitcher's glove. After a pop up brought the first out, Kristen Ball advanced the runner with a single before Alisha Marshall loaded the bases after she was hit by a pitch. Rachel Sieber stepped into the batter's box and brought home the game's only two runs with a base hit down the right field line just beyond the infield dirt that made the score 2-0.

Pitcher Destinee Pallotto made those runs stand by keeping the Manhattan hitters off balance for most of the game. She induced a few foul outs and several more fly balls that kept the Jaspers from mounting any threats for most of the day. The team's biggest opportunity came in the fourth inning when a pair of two-out singles placed runners on the corners. Pallotto worked her way out of the jam by striking out the next hitter to keep the shutout in place.

The second game score was somewhat deceptive as Manhattan scored half of its runs following a three-base error that came about when two outfielders collided on a routine fly ball to right center field. Manhattan scored a run in the first inning off Karisa Hughen, who made her first appearance in a few weeks. She was able to work out of a bases loaded situation to keep the game at 1-0.

Fairfield tied the game in the second inning, a rally which started when Kinhofer drew a one-out walk. Kate Robinson followed with a base hit to send Kinhofer into scoring position. Kristen Ball chased Kinhofer home with a double to the right-center field fence, making it a 1-1 game.

The Jaspers broke the tie in the fourth inning with four runs, three of which came on the misplaced fly ball. Christine Gebhardt added the game's final run in the fifth inning, a solo home run to right field that brought the score to 6-1.

Fairfield will have the week off before returning to conference play next weekend, hosting Saint Peter's for a doubleheader on Saturday and Quinnipiac for a twin bill on Sunday. Both dates are scheduled for a noon start.

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