FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- With 16 runs and 21 hits on the scoreboard, Fairfield and Sacred Heart put forth a lot of offense at Alumni Field. But in the end, the Stags were unable to pull off the comeback as they dropped an 11-5 decision to Sacred Heart on Thursday.
The Pioneers had three innings with multiple runs including a two-run first inning and a three-run second inning that provided the visitors with a comfortable early lead. In its first at-bat, Sacred Heart used four timely singles to tally a pair of runs off starter Destinee Pallotto. The junior right hander was the first of five pitchers used by Head Coach Julie Brzezinski.
Fairfield cut into the lead in its first time at the plate as Amanda Ulzheimer started the inning by being hit by a pitch. She advanced to second on Angelina McGuire's ground out and came home when Courtney Hankins stroked a single to left field, making the score 2-1.
Sacred Heart need just three hits to plate three more runs in the second with all three coming in the form of a double. Fallon Bevino drove home the first two runs with a double that hugged the third-base line. Victoria D'Addario closed the scoring with the team's third two-bagger of the inning.
The Pioneers tacked on a run in the fourth before seemingly putting the game away with five runs in the sixth that was highlighted by Bevino's two-run homer. With the score 11-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Stags extended the game by scoring three times in their half of the frame to bring the deficit down to seven at 11-4. Hannah Futo ripped a three-run single to right center that cleared the bases.
Fairfield rallied again in the seventh inning, scoring a run when Ulzhemier and Hankins combined for the second time. Ulzheimer singled to start the inning and advanced to second base courtesy of a wild pitch. Hankins brought her home with a double that closed the gap to 11-5. The Stags loaded the bases with two outs before Sacred Heart pitcher Kristen McCann registered her fourth strikeout to end the game.
The Stags return to conference play on Sunday, April 23 when they head to Iona College for a doubleheader. Fairfield will close out the regular season with seven home games that starts with the final non-conference game of the season, an afternoon game with Seton Hall on 26.