April 24, 2013
FAIRFIELD, CONN -
The Providence College softball team (18-24-1, 4-10 BIG EAST) defeated Fairfield, 8-5, on the road on Wednesday, April 24. With the win, the Friars improve to a 25-14-2 record against the Stags in series history.
Providence was quick to get on the scoreboard with a run three batters into the line-up in the first inning. Senior Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.) singled up the middle to bring in freshman Kiarra Baldassari (Denville, N.J.).
The Stags scored three runs in the second inning to take the lead, 3-1.
The Friars tied the game in the top of the third inning when sophomore Kelsi Luttrell (Mission Viejo, Calif.) singled to bring in two runs, including Baldassari’s second run of the game. Baldassari leads the team this season with 35 runs. Fairfield took the lead back in the bottom of the inning. The Stags brought in two runs before the Friars were able to record an out in the inning (5-2). Freshman Kiara Amos (Malden, Mass.) was relieved by junior Emily O’Keefe (Southington, Conn.) five batters into the third inning.
Both teams went scoreless in the fourth inning before the Friar offense erupted in the fifth. Providence scored five runs off six singles to put the Friars up by three runs (8-5). The Friars brought in senior Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) to pitch the remaining three innings. Clauss held Fairfield to three hits and recorded four strikeouts.
The Friars will play their next series against Villanova on April 27-28 in Providence, R.I. The teams will face off in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 27 beginning at noon. The final game of the series will be held on Sunday, April 28 at noon and is the Friars’ last home game of the season. Providence’s three seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony for Senior Day beginning at 11:45 a.m.