DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jameel Edney’s three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth turned a 5-4 Bethune-Cookman deficit into an eventual 7-5 Wildcats victory as the Stags were swept in their mini two-game series in Daytona Beach, Fla. Fairfield had led for almost the entire game after scoring three runs in the fourth inning. Edney’s homer completed an eighth inning comeback as the Wildcats scored four runs in the frame to take the victory.
The first three batters reached for the Wildcats (11-6) in the decisive eighth inning after two fielding errors and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with nobody out. Peter Hornwas able to then force a ground ball to himself that he fielded and gunned the runner out at home to preserve a 5-3 advantage. The sophomore was then able to get Kyle Corbin to fly out to right for the second out of the inning, but a run crossed the plate to cut the Fairfield lead to 5-4. The next batter, Edney then took a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for the Wildcats lead. The Stags then went down in order in the ninth for the final score.
The Stags (3-9) tied the game at 1-1 in the second on a Michael Contitwo-out RBI single which brought home Mac Crispinofor the first Fairfield run. Fairfield gained the lead in the fourth on a RBI single by Drew Blakeand a two-run single by Fairfield’s leading hitter Jack Gethingsto put the score at 4-1.
Fairfield added an insurance run in the next frame when Drew Arciuololaunched a RBI double on a 3-2 pitch into left to give Fairfield a 5-1 lead. The Stags would give up two runs in the sixth on a two-run triple by Michael Deeb to put the Wildcats closer.
In his first career start, Austin Popeimpressed by striking out seven and allowing one run in his 4.1 innings of work. Both teams committed four errors in the game, allowing only two of the 12 combined runs to be earned.
The Stags will now travel to Deland, Fla., for the final leg in their Florida stay when they take on the Stetson Hatters for a three-game series that begins on Friday at 6:30pm.