FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University baseball team has been riding their experienced arms during the 2017 season, but it was three young arms that helped the Stags to a 5-1 victory over Yale at Alumni Diamond. Freshman Austin Popepicked up his first career win and fellow classmates Josh Arnoldand Ian Halpinthrew two shutout innings while senior Mike Bonaiutoalso chipped in two scoreless frames. With the win, the Stags have now won three of their last four decisions, as they quieted the Bulldogs who entered the contest with a 9-2 record in their last 11 games.
Pope got the start for the Stags (10-13) and set the tempo from the early going as he put forth his best outing of his young career. The rookie would throw a career-high five innings scattering just four hits and allowing an unearned run. That lone Yale (12-12) run would come in the top of the first, which was aided by a pair of Fairfield errors.
That forced the Stags to mount another comeback and they would get all the runs they would need in the second frame. After Michael Contibrought home a run with a fielder’s choice, Drew Arciuololined a RBI double down the left field line and Jack Gethingswould later plate two more with a single up the middle.
Pope settled down after the unearned run in the first and scattered just two more hits during his final four innings of work. Arnold would relieve Pope in the sixth and stranded two runners in his scoreless frame, while Halpin pitched the final inning and forced a ground ball double play to end the contest.
The Stags completed their scoring in the seventh with a Troy ScoccaRBI single.
The win is the 10th for the Stags this season, the last three making the Stags rally for a come from behind victory. The freshmen pitching trio of Arnold, Halpin, and Pope all have a ERA under 3.20 with Arnold leading the way with a 0.56 ERA in 16 innings.
Gethings and Mac Crispinoboth tallied two hits for the Stags, with Crispino extending his hitting streaking to eight games.
The Stags will test their pitching depth when they welcome the Manhattan Jaspers to Alumni Diamond for a three-game series, starting with a double header on Saturday at noon.