LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The Fairfield University baseball team held a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning but the Rider Broncs scored the game’s final three runs including a walk-off single in the ninth as the Stags dropped their first conference game by a 6-5 score.
Fairfield (5-11, 0-1 MAAC) was just four outs away from clinching their first MAAC victory but the Broncs (8-10, 1-0 MAAC) rallied with two outs and nobody on in the eighth to tie the game. After a strikeout caused the second out of the frame, Rider’s Harrison McClure walked and Lee Lipinski was hit by a pitch, putting the tying runs on base. Senior Tyler Kaiser recorded the lone hit of the frame, but it was an important one as he lined a game-tying two run triple down the line.
The Broncs would later break the tie and win the game in the ninth as pinch hitter Christian Estevez singled home the game-winning run with one out.
Fairfield led the entire game up until that eighth inning, starting in the second when freshman Ian Halpinconnected on his first career home run, a two-run shot that opened the scoring. The Stags would add three more runs in the fifth on RBI singles from Jack Gethingsand Mac Crispinosurrounded by a Kevin Radziewiczsacrifice fly.
The Broncs got two of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run shot by Kyle Johnson. That home run was basically the only damage John Signoreallowed in his seven innings of work. The sophomore took the Stags into the eighth giving up three runs and striking out five.
Seven different Stags recorded a hit in the contest as both teams drew even with seven apiece.
The Stags and the Broncs will conclude the first MAAC series of the season with a doubleheader beginning at 11am tomorrow. The game time was moved up one hour from previously reported.