RICHMOND, Va. – The Fairfield University baseball team showed some magic after getting out of a bases loaded two out jam in the bottom of the 11th, but the VCU Rams pulled through in the 13th when pinch hitter Mitchel Lacey line a game-winning single into right, giving the Stags their second-straight one-run loss 5-4 against Atlantic-10 VCU on Saturday. Fairfield was led offensively by Kevin Radziewiczwho led the Stags with three hits, and was one of four Stags to tally a RBI.
The big inning for Fairfield (2-4) came in the third when the Stags loaded the bases with nobody out on three-straight singles from Dan Hopkins, Jack Gethings, and Drew Arciuolo. The Stags took advantage, scoring runs on a Michael Contiwalk, a Radziewicz single, and a double play that brought in a run.
The Stags took a 3-1 lead in that frame and would hold that advantage until the fourth when VCU (5-5) took advantage of a Fairfield error followed by an Alex Gransback sacrifice fly to tie the game at 3-3. In the next frame, Haiden Lamb came across with the go-ahead run with a wild pitch, but Peter Hornwas able to get out of further trouble.
Horn and Mike Bonaiutowere solid in their appearances from the pen, combining to go nine innings and each allowing a single run. The duo also struck out five in their innings of work.
Their pitching performances helped the Stags stay in the game and wait for some late magic, which came their way when Troy Scoccatied the game on a single down the right field line which brought home Radziewicz and made the score 4-4 in the eighth.
That would be the score for the next six innings as neither team could bring in a run until Lacey’s single in the 13th. The Rams had the majority of chances, stranding five runners on base in the extra frames, including the bases loaded in the 11th. The Fairfield pitchers stepped up in those clutch situations, holding VCU to a .200 batting average (4-for-20) with runners in scoring position.
The Stags threatened in the 10th as they tried for a two-out rally after a Radziewicz walk and a Mac Crispinosingle. But, last year’s NCAA saves leader and All-American Sam Donko finished up his three innings of work with a strikeout.
Arciuolo and Crispino joined Radziewicz as the three Stags to pick up multi-hit games as they finished with two apiece. For the game, the Stags tallied 10 hits, just shy of VCU’s 12.
Fairfield will try and salvage the series finale tomorrow at noon.