May 2, 2004
The Fairfield University softball team moved into sole possession of first-place in the MAAC standings with a sweep of Siena on Sunday afternoon on Alumni Softball Field. With the wins, the Stags improve to 10-4 in the conference and 26-31 overall while the Saints fall to 5-9 in the league and 14-27-1 overall. Fairfield won the first game 2-0 and the second 4-1.
The Stags wasted little time in the opener, scoring in the bottom of the first as sophomore Tara Hansen hit a booming solo home run to left center.
Siena threatened in the top of the third as Chani Grant smacked a one-out single to right field. After striking out Megan Woltz, Stag pitcher Tracy Sylvestre walked Veronica Arrendondo but that is as far as the base runners would get as Sarah Rose popped out on a foul ball to Hansen at first base to strand two.
Fairfield added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as catcher Diana Fasano singled through the left side to lead off the inning. After two failed attempts to bunt Megan Kiefer, who came in as a pinch runner, over to second, sophomore Natalie Visone ripped an RBI double to left center.
Sylvestre earned the win with seven innings pitched, allowing four hits, striking out three and walking one.
The Saints struck first in the second game, scoring in the top of the first as the first batter, Woltz, singled to left center. Arrendondo executed the sacrifice bunt, advancing Woltz, who then scored as Rose dropped an RBI single into right field.
Fairfield answered immediately as freshman Lindsay Walsh doubled to left center and then stole both third and home on wild pitches to tie the game at one apiece.
The score remained knotted until the bottom of the fourth, which began with Fasano drawing a walk. Senior Megan Miller advanced Fasano with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt and following the play Fasano was again replaced with pinch runner Kiefer. A single shot by sophomore Shannon Logan advanced Kiefer to third, who then scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Brie Zimmerman. Fairfield added a second run in the inning as Logan scored on an RBI single from sophomore Molly Harris.
After holding off another Siena threat in the top of the fifth in which the Saints stranded two base runners, the Stags strung together three base hits to cap off the scoring in the game. Senior Laura Sandonato singled to left field to begin the inning and was moved over to second as freshman Cagney Ringnalda singled through the left side. Sandonato then scored, making it 4-1, as Fasano smoked an RBI single to center field.
Ringnalda pitched a complete game to earn the win, allowing seven hits, and one run.
Fasano paced the Stag offense, going 4-for-5 with one RBI while Hansen went 1-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored.