BEAUMONT, Texas – In his first start of the 2017 season, Gavin Wallaceshutdown the dangerous bats of the Lamar Cardinals, hurling eight innings and allowing a solo run as the Stags took the series finale from Lamar 6-2. With the win, the Stags earn a series split against a Lamar team that had come into the series with a 4-0 record after posting 35 wins last season.
Wallace was the story on the mound for the Stags (2-2) going eight innings for the second time in his career, and the first time since his breakout performance against Rider last season. Wallace struck out six batters and allowed seven hits but only one run in his eight innings of work.
That lone run tied the game in the second inning as Reid Russell scored on a Lamar (6-2) double play in the frame. After that frame, Wallace would not allow another runner past second base, retiring 18 of the final 23 batters he faced on the evening. It was an impressive season debut for the junior, also considering Lamar ranked in the top-35 in the country last season with a .300 batting average and averaged six runs a game.
The Fairfield offense helped Wallace’s effort be rewarded by pounding out a season-high 15 hits and plating all seven runs in the first four innings. Kevin Radziewiczgot the scoring started with a RBI single in the first inning.
The Stags regained the lead in the third when Michael Contibrought home rookie Dylan Reynoldson a RBI single. The big frame for the Stags came in the fourth when they loaded the bases with nobody out. Reynolds drove in his second run of the year with a sacrifice fly to left, putting the score at 3-1. Fairfield was helped out by a throwing error which put two more runs across before Conti lined another RBI single up the middle to close out the scoring effort.
Six different Stags tallied multiple hit games with Conti and Mac Crispinoeach pacing the squad with six hits apiece. Five different Stags scored a run in the contest, with Drew Arciuolothe only Stag to score twice.
Fairfield will try and build off their impressive start to the season when they VCU on Friday, March 3 for a three game series which begins at 3pm.