The Fairfield Ludlowe softball team had upset on the mind in its performance on Monday at Trumbull in the FCIAC quarterfinals.

Unfortunately for the Falcons, Alex Puglisi got in the way.

Trumbull's senior pitcher was dominant and the Eagles scratched across two runs in the fourth inning as the third-seeded Eagles beat the sixth-seeded Falcons 2-1 in the FCIAC quarterfinals.

"They're disappointed," Ludlowe Interim Coach Tony Samuelian said. "They wanted to get passed the first round."

Puglisi allowed just one unearned run while striking out eight in seven innings. Puglisi carried a perfect game into the fifth inning.

"We had trouble recognizing her pitches," Samuelian said. "It was a tough four innings."

Ludlowe's lone run was an unearned tally in the fifth. First baseman Kirsten Guerrero reached on an error and scored on a two-out double by Elise Perazzini that cut the Falcons' deficit to 2-1.

"She came up big with that hit," Samuelian said of Perazzini.

The Falcons had the opportunity to tie the game in the sixth, when Ludlowe socked three hits off of Puglisi but failed to score after a series of odd events. Designated player Jess Sedgwick led off the inning with a single and Jessalyn Lammerts followed with a single. Becky Foster socked a ball right at Puglisi that she fielded and forced out pinch runner Aliza Guerrero.

"They made all of the plays," Samuelian said of Trumbull. "They're a great team."

Emily Nelson followed with a single into center field, but Lammerts collided into Trumbull shortstop Katie Tyler and was ruled out for interfering.

"It is a legit call," Samuelian said. "She's got to avoid the fielder, it's just one of those bang-bang kind of plays."

Guerrero lined out to short to end the threat.

"It was right at her," Samuelian said of Guerrero's lineout.

Perazzini walked with two out in the seventh but died there when Lizzie Knuff flew out to left to end the game.

The Falcons lost despite Foster's outstanding pitching. The senior starter allowed just three hits in six innings while striking out nine and allowing just one earned run.

"This was one of her better games," Samuelian said. "She's shown that she's one of the

better pitchers in the league."

The Eagles scored their runs in the fourth when Veronica Alicea led the inning off with a single and Tori Wetmore laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached second when Foster threw the ball away.

Sarah Wesley hit a sacrifice fly that scored Alicea and moved Wetmore to third. She then

scored on a suicide squeeze bunt

from Ashley Simoneau that put Trumbull up 2-0.

The Falcons will now sit tight until the Class LL state playoffs begin next week, the Falcons

will likely draw a home game on Tuesday.