Fairfield senior Alli Wigand drove in a pair of runs in the first game and freshman Sammy Ruffolo had three RBIs in game two as the visiting Stags swept the Canisius College Golden Griffins by scores of 2-1 and 4-2 Saturday morning at the Demske Sports Complex. Fairfield moves to 20-21 overall and 3-3 in MAAC play with the pair of wins, while the Griffs slipped to 9-24 on the year and 2-2 in conference action.
For Canisius, seniors Lauren Falzone, Lizzy Gatto and Katie Lancellotti each had two hits on the day, while sophomore Valorie Nappo also added a hit in each contest. Fairfield pitcher Rebecca Trott improved to 11-11 on the year with a complete-game, five-hit victory in the first game, with teammate Rae Ball earning her ninth win of the season in the circle in the nightcap after she gave up two runs on five hits while striking out five and walking four.
In the first game, all three of the game's runs were scored in the first inning. In the top of the first, Fairfield pushed two runs across the plate when Wigand smoked her eighth double off the season to centerfield, allowing teammates Kimi Kurata and Lauren Liseth to score. The Griffs answered with a solo run in the home half of the first when freshman Michelle DelPrince scored from third on a wild pitch by Trott. Those would be the last runs for either team in the first game - Canisius had the bases loaded with no one out in the fifth but came up empty. For the game, Canisius left seven runners on base, while the Stags ended up stranding four.
Canisius sophomore Jen Consaul was the tough-luck loser in the circle for the Blue and Gold in the day's first game after she went seven innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out two.
The Griffs took an early 1-0 lead in game two on an RBI-single by junior catcher Stephanie Pfentner to left, which allowed Nappo to score from third. The score remained 1-0 into the top half of the fourth where the Stags scored four times off losing pitcher Corrine Schaus. Fairfield used three singles to load the bases before Ruffolo stepped to the plate. She took the first pitch she saw from Schaus and dropped it down the left field line to score three runs while she raced to third. Ruffolo would score moments later when teammate Tiffany Lawson singled to right. The Griffs added a run in the bottom of the fifth on a ground-rule double by Gatto that knocked in Falzone, but again, Canisius left nine runners on base and could not cross the plate again in the second game against Ball.
Gatto's double was the only extra-base hit for the Blue and Gold in the nightcap, and it marked her sixth double of the season. Canisius senior Caroline Main came on in relief for Schaus and gave up just three hits and struck out two in 3.2 innings of work.
Canisius will close out its five-game homestand on Sunday at noon when the team plays host to Iona at the Demske Sports Complex.
Game Notes: Canisius now leads the all-time series against Fairfield by a 35-28 count... Fairfield has swept Canisius in each of the last two seasons, and the Stags' wins on Saturday marks the team's first win against Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex since April 17, 2004... Gatto's RBI in game two gives her 82 in her career, which ranks 16th in school history... Her stolen base in game two gives her 13 this year and 58 in her career, which ranks second all-time in program history... Main has now appeared in 86 career games as a Griff, which ranks 10 among pitchers... Canisius wore special pink jerseys for the game as part of the team's "Cancer Awareness Day"... The jerseys were raffled off and all donations will be given to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.