PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The Fairfield University baseball team was shutout by senior left hander Mike Reitcheck and the Penn Quakers, 8-0, in the three-game series finale at Tradition Field. The series with the Quakers was the first of three the Stags will have in Florida, traveling to Daytona Beach to take on Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday.
Reitcheck, who was the Ivy League leader in ERA in 2015, scattered four Fairfield (3-7) hits in the first career complete game shutout for the former All-Ivy League First Team selection. The lefty got all the run support he would need in the second inning when Penn (2-7) scored five runs, four coming with two outs. Andrew Murnane and Tim Graul both recorded RBI singles while Sean Phelan had the big hit launching a two-run double to left.
After Reitcheck got the run support, he would not allow another Fairfield hit until the eighth when Ian Halpin’s double snapped a streak of 13-straight retired since a Jack Gethingssingle in the second.
The bullpen of the Stags combined for one run allowed in their four innings of work with Mike Bonaiutoand Bobby McNiffboth recorded shutout appearances.
The Stags will now begin the second leg of their Florida trip when they take on Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach on Tuesday at 6pm.