Ted Williams, of course, is the last Major League player to have a .400 batting average for a full season; in 1941 Boston’s “Splendid Splinter” hit a blistering .406. The .406 hitter of today – who ironically like Williams is a native of San Diego – is Fairfield University softball star Lauren Filicia, who led the Stags to their first-ever MAAC conference championship this season. Also like Williams a hard-hitting leftfielder, Filicia and her Fairfield mates head to Tuscaloosa to square off against the sixth-ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama in the opening round of the NCAA regionals on Friday (May 15) at 4:00 PM. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. Filicia was also the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, All-MAAC First Team, and tournament MVP last weekend when Fairfield swept Monmouth.
“It’s crazy we have the same average,” says Lauren on the .406 connection to Williams . “I never thought something like this could happen.”
But if Lauren had the choice to go to a baseball game with any player in history, it would be with another San Diego icon – the late, great Padres star Tony Gwynn, her favorite all-time player, and a Ted Williams admirer. “We’d go to see a Padres game together,” she says.
There must be something in the San Diego water that produces pure hitters?