Courtesy: Fairfield University

Softball Hosts "Herd to a Cure" Game on Wednesday

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 11, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University softball team will host Army West Point on Wednesday afternoon for a single game at Alumni Softball Field. Game time is slated for 3 pm. The contest is also the team's "Herd To A Cure" game, part of a year-long initiative by Fairfield University athletics in support of the Norma Pfriem Breast Cancer Center.

Fairfield Athletics will be selling “Herd to a Cure” t-shirts during Wednesday's game for $10.00. Fairfield Athletics will partner with the Norma Pfriem Breast Center at athletic contests throughout the 2016-17 school year to generate revenue and raise awareness. The year-long campaign will conclude with a check presentation at an athletic contest during the spring 2017 semester. For more information about the Pink Pledge and the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, visit www.pinkpledge.org.

The softball team takes a break from its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) schedule for its midweek match up with Army West Point. The two teams met earlier in the year as part of the Patriot Classic in Virginia and the South Florida Tournament. The Black Knights won both of the previous meetings, recording a 7-1 win in Fairfax and a 6-3 victory in Tampa.

Fairfield's offense has been its strength so far this season, scoring four or more runs in nearly half of their games this season. Two Stags are responsible for nearly half of the team's runs this season, namely Amanda Ulzheimer and Tori Reed. Ulzheimer, who leads the conference in hitting with a .426 batting average, leads the team with 23 runs scored. Reed places second on the team in both runs scored with 20 and batting average with a .339 hitting percentage. Reed is also tops on the team with four home runs and 22 RBI.

Army West Point has won five straight games which improved the team's overall record to 27-11. Pitcher Renee Poirer tossed her second no-hitter of the season in the team's last outing, a 1-0 decision over Lafayette that completed a three-game sweep. She improved to 10-5 on the season and lowered her team-best ERA to 1.92.

Ashley Yoo is the team's top hitter with a .372 batting average, stroking 35 hits in 32 games this season. She has 12 walks on the team which gives her a .457 on-base percentage. Emily Ballesteros represents the team's top run producer with 26 RBI in addition to her 18 runs scored in 38 appearances.

After the game, Fairfield will return to the road for a pair of MAAC doubleheaders. The Stags will travel to Monmouth University on Friday afternoon and complete the trip with a twin bill at Rider on Saturday.

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