Courtesy: Fairfield University

Softball Picks Up Win Over Army West Point

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 12, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- It's rather unusual that two upperclassmen make their collegiate pitching debut in the same game. And it’s even more unusual that both of those student-athletes figure into the decision. But that's what happens at Alumni Softball Field as the Fairfield University softball team defeated Army West Point by a 5-2 score.

Senior Gianna Kinhofer earned a win in her first appearance in the pitching circle and junior Kristen Ball picked up a save in her debut with her seventh-inning performance. Kinhofer relieved starter Destinee Pallotto in the third inning and pitched effectively for two innings. Ball came in the seventh inning and retired all three batters that she faced to gather her first save. 

Kinhofer entered the pitching circle in the top of third inning and calmly struck out the first hitter she faced before inducing a pair of ground balls to end the inning. She would allow one run in the fourth frame after yielding a pair of hits.

While the Stags pitching staff earned the decision by committee, the Stags offense was able to record nine hits in their six at-bats against the Black Knights. Fairfield started the scoring by putting a couple of runs on the scoreboard in the second inning. Makenna DiGuilio opened the inning with a single up the middle and took second off Angelina McGuire's infield single. Rachel Sieber sent a grounder to second base that allowed both runners to move up a base, setting up Amanda Ulzheimer's two-run single.

The home team doubled that advantage with a pair of runs in the third inning Ball brought home the first run of the inning with a fielder's choice that chased home Courtney Hankins. McGuire followed with a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-0 lead as DiGuilio came home on the fly ball. 

After Army West Point posted its run in the fourth inning, the Stags regained their four-run edge when Tori Reed stroked a two-out single, her second hit of the game. Courtney Hankins walked to put runners on first and second, setting up a run-scoring single from Kinhofer.

The Black Knights were able to secure one more run off Madison Roberts, who pitched the fifth and sixth innings. The visitors loaded the bases with no one out before Roberts tallied the first out at home plate on a come backer and the second out on a fly ball to right field. However, Maddie Kim worked out a walk to force home Army West Point's second run.

The Stags have four conference games on the horizon beginning with a doubleheader at Monmouth on Friday followed by another pair of games at Rider on Saturday.

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