BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Destinee Pallotto scattered four hits and struck out four batters to earn her third win of the season, leading the Fairfield University softball team to a 3-0 win over Rutgers University. The junior improved her record to 3-2 with decision and registered her first shutout of the 2017 season.
For the fourth time in the last five games, Fairfield scored at least one run in its first at-bat of the game. Today, it was a single run that came across the plate to put the Stags in front. Amanda Ulzheimer opened the game with an infield hit just past the pitcher, and immediately put herself in scoring position with a stolen base. Alisha Marshall grounded out to the pitcher, which allowed Ulzheimer to move to third base. With two outs, Lacey Olaff sent a single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.
That run proved to be enough support for Pallotto, who allowed a hit in the second, fourth, and fifth innings but never allowed the base runner past second base. The right-hander yielded a pair of two-out doubles, including one in the sixth inning, but retired the batter both times to end any threats.
The Stags tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to take control of the game. Olaff started things off with a single and came home on Courtney Hankins' two-run homer that made the score 3-0. Pallotto allowed a leadoff walk in the seventh inning, but picked up a pair of infield pop ups and a fly to the outfield to end the game.
Fairfield continues its Florida road trip with a single game against Fordham on Tuesday, and finishes its suspended game against Florida Atlantic University following that game.