Courtesy: Fairfield University

Wallace Helps Stags Get Back on Track

Courtesy: Fairfield University
March 25, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – It was just last season when the Stags called on Gavin Wallace to help them stop a losing skid against Rider and the right hander responded by shutting down the Broncs and giving the Stags momentum they rode for an entire year. Fast-forward to the 2017 season and Wallace answered the call again. The junior hurled his second-straight nine-inning shutout and Fairfield used that energy to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader and take the opening series in the conference against Rider. The Stags defeated the Broncs 1-0 in nine innings in the first game on Saturday and powered through a 9-1 victory in the nightcap.

The early game was probably as best a pitcher’s duel the Stags have seen this year. In a game that was scheduled for seven innings, both pitchers worked into the ninth and allowed a total of eight hits and no runs.

Fairfield’s (7-11, 2-1 MAAC) arm was the one who came out on top as Wallace held down the Broncs to just five hits in his nine complete innings while striking out seven without walking a batter. However, Rider’s (8-12, 1-2 MAAC) ace was just as good as Nick Margevicius kept the Stags out of the scoring column with eight shutout innings surrendering three hits with six punch outs.

 With the two aces bearing down on the mound, it did not look like any offense was coming even after two extra innings. But Fairfield struck at their first opportunity of the game when Margevicius was lifted in the ninth inning and the Stags were able to plate the game’s only run.

Dan Hopkins got the rally started with a one-out double and he would later score the eventual game-winning run when Troy Scocca singled him home to give the Stags a 1-0 lead.

That lone run was all that Wallace needed. Despite allowing two hits in the ninth, Wallace was able to get the final hitter to line out to clinch the win. Wallace had allowed only one hit through the first six innings, with the other four coming in the last three frames. For Wallace, it was his third complete game of the season and the effort lowered his ERA to 1.76.

The Stags got another impressive pitching performance in the finale, but this time got plenty of runs support. The Stags started their scoring output by plating two runs in the third on a RBI single by Jack Gethings and a run scoring double by Kevin Radziewicz to give the Stags a lead they would not give up.

Radziewicz would single home another run in the fifth and Mac Crispino drove in Tim Zeng with a single in the sixth to put the score at 5-1. The biggest output for the Stags came in the seventh when they put up a four spot with a RBI single from Hopkins, a RBI double by Scocca, and three wild pitches.

Eight different Stags recorded a hit in the nightcap with Radziewicz leading the way with three. Kyle Dube turned in another fine pitching performance as he went for seven innings allowing the lone run.

The Stags will now head home to compete in the first game at the newly renovated Alumni Diamond on Wednesday when they host UConn at 3pm.

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