Courtesy: Fairfield University

Softball Opens MAAC Tournament With Win Over Marist

Courtesy: Fairfield University
May 10, 2017

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Getting base hits is important to winning any softball game. But getting the hits at the right time is critical. Senior Tori Reed not only collected two singles, a triple, and a home run this afternoon, but turned those hits into three runs which propelled the Fairfield University softball team to a 5-3 win over third-seeded Marist College in the first game of the 2017 Metro Atlantic AThletic Conference (MAAC) Championship Tournament.

The Stags started as quickly as a team could hope when leadoff hitter Angelina McGuire laced a double to the gap to place a runner in scoring position. Amanda Ulzheimer reached after getting hit by a pitch and a walk to Courtney Hankins loaded the bases for Reed. The catcher smacked a grounder up the middle to bring home a pair of runs to provide starting pitcher Destinee Pallotto with a 2-0 lead.

The Red Foxes cut the lead in half with a run in their half of the inning courtesy of a pair of hits. Casey Page's bunt single set the table and Janna Korak's double finished the scoring chance for a 2-1 score after an inning.

The duo would combine once again in the third inning as Page beat out an infield single to start the rally After Miranda Perez sliced an infield single, Korak ripped a double that chased home Page to tie the score at 2-2. Perez would score off a sacrifice fly later in the inning to give the Red Foxes their first lead of the game at 3-2.

IN the top of the fifth, Reed stepped to the plate with one out and promptly sent a pitch over the right-center field wall to tie the game at 3-3. Pallotto kept Marist off the score board in the fifth and sent the Stags back to the plate with the game still tied.

The sixth inning was the difference in the game as Marist committed three errors including two on a play that plated a pair of runs. Pinch hitter Lacey Olaff reached on a mishandled grounder and was repladed by Molly Roche on the base paths. Rachel Sieber placed a perfect bunt between the pitcher and catcher, allowing Roche to move up a base with two outs.

McGuire walked to put a pair of runners on base for Ulzheimer. The freshman sent a grounder up the middle which was not played cleanly allowing Roche to score and McGuire to reach third base. But the throw home that tried to catch Roche was errant and ended up away from the plate, allowing McGuire to come home as well.

Kristen Ball was sent to the pitching circle for the seventh inning and retired the first two hitters on ground outs before Korak kept the contest going with a base hit. Ball induced a grounder to short from the next batter which Sieber turned into the final out of the game.

The Stags will play on Thursday morning against second-seeded Siena College with first pitch slated for 9 a.m. on ESPN3. The tournament is being hosted by Iona College.

 

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