FAIRFIELD — It hadn’t happened under Jeff Bevino’s watch at Notre Dame-Fairfield.

Until now, that is.

Masuk scored five times in the first and added three runs in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and six in the fifth as the Panthers “mercy-ruled” the Lancers 17-3 Monday afternoon at Ron Barber Field.

“It’s been a long time. … I know now how Custer felt,” Bevino said about Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s massacre at the Battle of Little Big Horn. “They hit the ball hard, they hit … you have to give them credit. And you know what? I’m a little disappointed in our effort today, I really am. That’s the first time I can say that I’ve been disappointed with the effort. Maybe they got down too much, I don’t know, I can’t speak for them but we’re going to have to wake up and get out of our funk or else.”

While Bevino was disappointed, Masuk coach Leigh Barone was thrilled. The Panthers banged out 20 hits, including three home runs, two triples and a double en route to the rout. Masuk improved to 17-2 overall, 11-1 in the SWC Colonial Division. ND-Fairfield fell to 16-3 overall, 9-3 in the SWC Patriot. It was the third loss in the last four games for the Lancers.

“I think that coming out at the beginning and scoring five runs kind of shut them down a little bit and they got a little nervous,” Barone said. “What I liked was, we didn’t stop after the first inning, we kept going. We were aggressive on the bases, we played good defense and we hit the ball really hard.”

Indeed. Second baseman Alexa Bacoulis went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, third baseman Madison Procyk went 3-for-4 with a homer, a triple and three RBI and pitcher Sam Schiebe went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. In all, the top eight players in the Panthers’ lineup hit safely.

“We stuck together as a team and we hit every inning,” Schiebe said. “I was really comfortable on the mound and my team had my back the whole game.”

Masuk opened the game with a five-run first. Gretchen Bunovsky and Jenna Hall singled with one out and Bacoulis hammered a three-run homer to right center to make it 3-0. Procyk tripled to left center, scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0 and then Schiebe homered to right-center for a 5-0 cushion.

Procyk’s three-run homer in the second made it 8-0 and Masuk added two more runs in the third, sparked by an RBI single from Erica Pullen to make it 10-0.

“We had a lot of hits, that’s that we like to do, is hit,” Barone said. “I think this was like the hardest we’ve hit the ball all season.”

Meanwhile, Schiebe was shutting down the Lancers, allowing just three hits over the opening four innings.

“She shut them down, she did what she had to do,” Barone said. “She threw strikes, let the defense do the work and our defense did the work.”

The Panthers scored six runs in the fifth with RBI singles coming from Bacoulis and Schiebe and a two-run double from Meg McFarland to make it 17-0, but the Lancers snapped the shutout with a three-run fifth, but still lost for the third time in four starts.

“Let’s face it, we’ve played good teams,” Bevino said. “But today, they came out … they wanted it more than we did, that’s for darn sure.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Schiebe. She went 3-for-4 at the plate with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI and she pitched a complete game over five innings, allowing just five hits and three runs with four strikeouts.

NOT IN THE BOX SCORE

It was Senior Day for the Lancers as Shelby Nolan, Dayniera Artis and Arianna DeNitto were recognized before the game. Class move by Masuk to stand on the first base line and recognize the three ND seniors. ND also recognized Masuk’s lone senior, Jenna Hall.

QUOTABLE

“We need to start showing a little more emotion. We need to start playing together as a team. I didn’t see too much chemistry out there as a team and I didn’t like it. It’s never easy to get beat like that.” - Lancers coach Jeff Bevino

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MASUK 17, ND-FAIRFIELD 3

MASUK 532 16—17 20 0

ND-FAIRFIELD 000 03—3 5 4

Records: ND-Fairfield (16-3, 9-3 SWC Patriot); Masuk (17-2, 11-1 SWC Colonial).

Batteries: ND-F - Breana Brown (L), Tiff Diao (2) and Michaela Luk; M - Sam Schiebe (W) and Erica Pullen.

HR: M - Alexa Bacoulis, Sam Schiebe, Madison Procyk.