DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Fairfield University baseball team scored three runs late in the game but the early deficit proved to be too large as the Stags fell 9-5 to open up the series at Bethune-Cookman. For the fifth time this season, the Stags out-hit their opponent after marking a 14-12 advantage against the Wildcats. Tyler Gambardella led four players who recorded multi-hit games as the sophomore tallied three hits on the evening.
The early deficit for the Stags (3-8) happened in the first inning when the Wildcats (10-6) racked up five runs after three-straight walks forced in the game’s first run. Bethune-Cookman added four more runs after RBI singles by Demetrius Sims, Chase DeBonis, and Cole Parks.
The Stags scored a run in both the second and third innings after sacrifice flies by Jack Gethingsand Michael Contiput the score at 6-2.
After the Wildcats extended their lead with two runs in the fifth, Fairfield mounted their comeback. Drew Arciuolosingled in a pair of runs in the seventh and Brendan Harkinkept the momentum going on the mound by striking out the side in the bottom half of the frame, with all three Wildcats going down swinging.
With runners on first and second in the eighth inning, pinch hitter Dan Hopkinscame up as the potential tying run and singled home Mac Crispinoto put the score at 8-5. However, Bethune-Cookman would get the final two outs of the inning and then added a run in the bottom half of the stanza for the 9-5 final score.
Gambardella, Crispino, Conti, and Tim Zengall recorded multi-hit games with Gambardella leading the quartet with three.
The Stags and the Wildcats will close out their mini two-game series on Wednesday with first pitch at 6pm.