HARTFORD, Conn. – From beginning to end, this is how the Fairfield University baseball team wants to play. The team pitched, hit, and defended in a complete team outing as the Stags used a season-high 10 runs to power past the Hartford Hawks in the rubber game, taking a 10-2 decision.
The Stags (9-13) threatened all game long, putting five runners on base in the first two innings. Fairfield was not able to cash in during the first frame, but loaded the bases with one out in the second, allowing Drew Arciuoloto tie the game with a RBI groundout.
Fairfield also showed some resilience in the third inning. After a double play erased the leadoff base runner in the frame, the Stags mounted a two-out rally where the next five batters would reach base. The squad loaded the bases for the second-straight inning and got two clutch hits from Michael Contiand Tyler Gambardellawhich combined to clear the bases and give the Stags a 5-1 lead after three.
The Stags had one more big inning in them and it came in the seventh where the Stags loaded the bases for the third time in the contest. Once again, they added four runs on RBI singles from Jack Gethings, Kevin Radziewicz, and Gambardella.
That is all Kyle Dubewould need as he collected another quality start by surrendering just one run in his six innings of work and striking out seven Hartford (5-14) hitters.
Gethings led the Fairfield hitters with three hits on the day and Ian Halpincontinued his fine start to his rookie season by scoring a team-high three runs and was in the middle of the two Fairfield rallies.
The Stags will wait out the potential rain forecasted for tomorrow as they are scheduled to travel to Old Westbury, N.Y., to take on the NYIT Bears at 3:30pm.