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Fairfield Softball Faces Mighty Task Opening NCAAs Vs. 'Bama

The Fairfield softball team departed Wednesday for Tuscaloosa, Ala., where the Stags will make their NCAA Tournament debut Friday against perennial national power Alabama in a four-team regional. Coach Julie Brzezinski has won 496 games in her 18 years at Fairfield and led the team to 11 winning seasons and seven trips to the championship round of the MAAC Tournament, which the Stags finally won for the first time with two victories over Monmouth Saturday in Buffalo. "It's kind of been the monkey on your back that everyone talks about all the time," Brzezinski said. "Sometimes it's a little annoying. We've been [runner-up] a lot and that's really good,...

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