Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Fairfield Claims 2017 MAAC Softball Championship Behind Pallotto's No-Hitter

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  May 14, 2017

#6 Fairfield University – 2 | #5 Monmouth University – 0  

2017 MAAC Softball Championship Round – Game 10

Donald E. Walsh Field

New Rochelle, NY

Score by Innings       1 2 3 4 5 6 7    R H E

Fairfield                      0 0 1 0 1 0 0    2  2  0

Monmouth                 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    0  0  1

No. 6 Fairfield University defeated No. 5 Monmouth University, 2-0, to claim the 2017 MAAC Softball Championship. Junior Destinee Pallotto tossed her first collegiate no-hitter en route to the Stags third MAAC Softball Championship in program history. Fairfield is the first No. 6 seed to ever win a MAAC Softball Championship.

Pallotto went the distance and faced one batter over the minimum to no-hit the Hawks. She struck out four and walked one en route to her fourth win of the 2017 MAAC Championship and 13th of the season. The complete game was Pallotto's 18th of the year (second-most in the MAAC) and sixth shutout (leads the conference).

The junior retired the first 11 batters she faced before a walk in the bottom of the fourth inning. After the fourth inning walk, she retired the final 10 Monmouth batters to seal the no-hitter. Pallotto compiled a (4-0) record with a 0.78 ERA (three earned runs/27.0 innings pitched) and struck out 19 batters in four starts during the Championship.

Pallotto was named the 2017 MAAC Softball Championship MVP. She tossed three complete games, all shutouts, and a no-hitter over the course of four starts. Her no-hitter was the fourth in the MAAC this season (Manhattan's Nicole Williams, Iona's Alana Evans, and Niagara's Sierra Bertrand) pitched the previous three.  

The Stags scored their first run in the top of the third inning when senior catcher Tori Reed struck out swinging, but reached base on a wild pitch that allowed a run to score. Junior infielder Kristen Ball drove in the second run with an RBI single to rightfield that scored freshman outfielder Amanda Ulzheimer.

The Stags earned their third MAAC Softball Championship in program history (2015 & 1991). Fairfield's previous MAAC Championship victory also came against Monmouth in 2015.   

Monmouth's junior Amanda Riley tossed her fifth complete game of the 2017 MAAC Championship and league leading 19th of the season. Riley took the loss in 7.0 innings of work. She allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits. The junior struck out six and walked six.

Riley was named to the 2017 MAAC Softball All-Tournament Team. Riley went (3-2) with a 0.95 ERA (five earned runs/37.0 innings pitched). She surrendered 17 hits, struck out 37, and walked 19. The junior finished all five of her starts, including a 9.0 inning performance against No. 1 Iona College in the second round of play.

Fairfield earns the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. The NCAA Softball Selection Show is tonight, Sunday, May 14 on ESPN2 at 10:00 p.m.

For all information on the 2017 MAAC Softball Championship, visit maacsports.com/softball and be sure to follow the action on social media by using #MAACSoftball. 

All-Tournament Team

Lauren Pitney

Manhattan

Briana Matazinsky

Manhattan

Janna Korak

Marist

Kourtney Paul

Marist

Jasmine Higa

Monmouth

Amanda Riley

Monmouth

Justene Reyes

Monmouth

Kristen Ball

Fairfield

Tori Reed

Fairfield

Amanda Ulzheimer

Fairfield

Angelina McGuire

Fairfield

MVP

Destinee Pallotto

Fairfield

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