Fairfield Takes on No. 13 LSU in Baton Rouge Regional of NCAA Softball Championship
Release: May 14, 2017
EDISON, NJ – 2017 MAAC Softball Champions, Fairfield University (26-26, 11-9 MAAC) faces No. 13 Louisiana State University (41-18, 12-12 SEC) in the Baton Rouge Regional of the NCAA Softball Championship. The Stags' Regional round matchup takes place on Friday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. live on ESPN3.
The Stags earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Softball Championship when they defeated Monmouth University, 2-0, in the final round of the MAAC Softball Championship. Fairfield last appeared in the NCAA Softball Championship in 2015, it faced Alabama (loss, 8-0) and USC-Upstate (loss, 8-0). The Stags are now three-time MAAC Champions (2017, 2015, 1991).
Today's win in the 2017 MAAC Softball Championship marked the first time in MAAC history that the No. 6 seed claimed the Championship title. The only other No. 6 seed to play in the MAAC Softball Championship round was Manhattan College (2014). The MAAC implemented the six-team championship format prior to the 2014 season.
Junior Destinee Pallotto went the distance and faced one batter over the minimum to no-hit No. 5 Monmouth. She struck out four and walked one en route to her first collegiate no-hitter and fourth win of the 2017 MAAC Championship (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.
Canisius College is the last MAAC member institution to earn a victory in the NCAA Championship. The Griffs defeated Long Island University, 3-2, during the 2008 NCAA Softball Championship.
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