BEAUMONT, Texas – After winning the series opener against a team that won 35 games last year, the Fairfield University baseball team was swept in today’s doubleheader as the Lamar Cardinals took decisions of 19-9 and 5-1 on Saturday. Jack Gethingsled the way for the Stags tallying his first career five-hit game in the opener.
Gethings was one of seven Stags (1-2) to record a hit in the series opener, but the Stags could not get those base knocks until late in the game. Fairfield scored their first run of the game in the third when Drew Arciuolowas able to score from second base on a throwing error. However, Lamar (6-1) responded with five runs in the bottom half of the frame with Brendan Satran collecting the big hit in the inning with a two-run single.
Lamar was able to pound out 19 runs without their best hitter doing much damage. Preseason All-American Reid Russell was held to one hit in his three at-bats and struck out in the third inning, the first collegiate batter that freshman Austin Popesaw in his career.
The Stags wiggled back in the game in the sixth by collecting three runs in the frame. Gethings collected a RBI single through the right side and Drew Blakealso got in the hit parade with a two-out RBI single. With the bases loaded, Arciuolo was able to force in a run with a walk, but Brett Brown was able to come in relief and stop the rally by forcing a line out.
Lamar would respond again with five runs in the bottom of the frame with Grant DeVore picking up a two-run double. In the ninth, Gethings added to his career day with a two-run single, which was followed by a sacrifice fly by Blake and the first career RBI from Dylan Reynoldsto put the ninth run on the board.
In the second game, the Fairfield bullpen was able to keep the Stags in the ball game with Josh Arnoldand David Saccocombining to go four innings allowing just one run. Arnold was able to enter his first career collegiate contest and threw three shutout innings.
However, the offense could not figure out the Lamar pitching staff as the Stags tallied just three hits in the nightcap with those base hits coming off the bats of Mac Crispino, Mitch Williams, and Tim Zeng. The only run for the Stags came in the seventh when Zeng drove home Williams on a sacrifice fly. Williams had launched a double in his at-bat.
The Stags and the Cardinals will wrap-up their four game series tomorrow at 11:30am. The game had originally been scheduled for noon, but was moved up 30 minutes. Gavin Wallacewill get his first start of the 2017 season.