Softball Heads To LSU For NCAA Tournament Games
May 14, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University softball team will be heading to Louisiana for the 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament as the pairings were announced on the selection show this evening. The Stags will meet host LSU (41-18) in their opening game which is scheduled for a 6:30 pm start on Friday, May 19 and follows the McNeese State-UL-Lafayette game.
“We are very excited to be able to return to the NCAA tournament, especially playing a storied program like LSU,” Head Coach Julie Brzezinski said. “The SEC is one of the best softball conferences in the country so we are looking forward to experiencing that level of softball. “
Fairfield is making its second trip to the NCAA tournament and will face an SEC school for the second time as well. In 2015, the Stags faced off with the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in their first game before playing USC-Upstate one day later.
LSU reached the SEC championship game before falling to Ole Miss by a 5-1 count in Knoxville. The Tigers have two hitters that hitting over .340, namely Bailey Landry and Sahvanna Jaquish. Landry enters the NCAA tournament with a .431 batting average with 10 doubles, seven triples, and two home runs in her 59 starts. She has stolen a team-high 11 bases in as many attempts. Jaquish owns a .343 batting average with team-highs for home runs (8) and RBI (53) in her 59 appearances. She also leads the team with a .548 on-base percentage, a number which reflects her 60 walks on the season.
The Stags earned their berth by winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship behind pitcher Destinee Pallotto. The junior won all four tournament games including a no-hitter in the championship game, finishing the event with 25 consecutive scoreless innings. Pallotto owns a 13-11 record with 2.30 ERA. Freshman Amanda Ulzheimer owns the team's top batting average with a .353 mark. Senior Tori Reed is next line with a .331 hitting percentage and leads the team with five home runs and 35 RBI in 51 appearances.