It was a successful weekend for Fairfield softball (19-15, 7-3 in MAAC), which swept St. Peter’s and Manhattan and gave them a four-game winning streak. The Stags defeated the Peacocks 9-1 and 3-0, and the Jaspers 4-3 and 4-1.
“I thought we played well. I thought we were pretty persistant as far as the hitting was concerned and making adjustments to the pitchers … but they did well just making adjustments and having a game plan went they went up to bat,” said Head Coach Julie Brzezinski.
The Stags came out hot on the weekend, scoring four runs in the first inning of their first game against St. Peter’s on Saturday.
They added three more runs in the third inning to extend their lead to 7-1.
Junior Kristen Filicia brought in the first two runs of the inning, with a single while the bases were loaded. Junior Rae Ball got her seventh win of the year from the plate, and allowed only one run on seven total hits.
Both Lauren Liseth ’14 and Sam Frungillo ’15 led the Stags in scoring, adding two runs each to the 9-1 effort.
The second game against St. Peter’s was much of the same for the Stags, who put in a solid defensive effort and held the Peacocks scoreless in the 3-0 win.
Also like the first game, the Stags got to scoring early, with Filicia coming home on a single from Sammy Ruffolo ’15.
St. Peter’s would only manage to get three hits against Rebecca Trott ’14, Fairfield’s pitcher, who earned her ninth win of the season.
On Sunday, the Stags hosted Manhattan for another double-header. The first game posed a challenge as it went eight innings, with the Stags coming out on top 4-3.
The Stags jumped out to the lead in the first inning as Filicia made it 1-0 on a single from Lauren Filicia ‘16. Liseth doubled the lead in the third inning off the bat off Lauren Filicia again.
While St. Peter’s would eventually counter and the game would go into extra innings tied at 3-all, the Stags got the all-important winning run from Liseth who got the RBI from Ball.
Ball also got the win for the Stags who struck out three batters and earned her eighth win of the season.
The second game of the day was a bit smoother for the Stags, who came out on top 4-1.
In the final game of the weekend, the Stags did as they did all weekend, and scored in the first inning, with two runs.
Ruffulo ended the game with two runs for the Stags, with the other runs coming from Kristen Filicia and Levick.
Trott pitched a no-hitter until the sixth inning, until she allowed just two hits. She ended the game with an impressive eight strikeouts.
“Everyone kind of stepped up and hit the ball and played hard. And we did a great job defensively all the way around. Rebecca Trott had a good game in the second game against Manhattan and that’s exactly what we needed from her,” said Coach Brzezinski.
The Stags will take on future MAAC opponents Quinnipiac on April 16 at 3:30 p.m. The game is a rescheduled contest from earlier in the season.
“We’re taking a lot of notes on them. We’re trying to figure them out and make adjustments on them, knowing they’re coming into the MAAC next year. It’s intense; everything should be intense, but it’s just a little different still,” said Coach Brzezinski.