HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The beautiful nature of baseball is that every time you step foot into the ballpark, you may see something you’ve never seen before. For those Fairfield University baseball fans who made the trip to Hempstead, N.Y., they were witnesses to something that hadn’t been accomplished for 30 years. Junior Mitch Williamsslugged three home runs becoming the first Stag since Mike Svab in 1987 to accomplish the feat. The three long balls were part of a five home run barrage for the Stags who defeated Hofstra 17-11. To make the connection between the two first basemen even more unique, both Williams and Svab blasted the three homers on the same date April 11.
“Before the game I definitely felt like I had a good batting practice and was just excited to play,” Williams said. “I had an opportunity to talk to a childhood role model of mine, (former WWE star) Pete Gasparino and just wanted to put good swings on the ball.”
Williams put three good swings on the ball for the Stags (13-14) and accounted for eight RBI, one shy of tying the program all-time mark.
Williams, who came into the contest with one career home run which came on Saturday, blasted the first of the evening as part of a five run first inning for the Stags. After a two-run single by Kevin Radziewiczopened the scoring, Williams slugged a three run shot over the right field wall to put the Fairfield lead at 5-0.
Hofstra (8-22) fought back with a four spot in their half of the first. The Pride would tie the score at 5-5 on a RBI single by their leadoff hitter Steven Foster in the second.
Williams struck again in the third when he lifted a 0-1 pitch over the right field wall to give the Stags the lead right back. While Hofstra fought back all game long, they would never lead. The historic at bat for Williams came in the sixth inning on a 2-2 pitch that he also blasted over the right field wall.
Williams was not the only Stag to put on a power display as Dan Hopkinsconnected for his first home run of the spring and Mac Crispinoput an emphatic finish on the 17 run, 19 hit team performance with a grand slam in the ninth which extended a 13-11 lead to the final 17-11 score.
Every Stag starter recorded a hit with Drew Arciuololeading the squad with a season-high four hits and scoring three times.
Williams who is in the midst of the best week of his collegiate career has now driven in 10 runs in his last four games.
“It feels good to be mentioned in company like that,” Williams said of tying the program record. “But looking back on it, I think what I’ll remember the most is just being part of a great offensive game and getting a W.”
Williams and the Stags will have a chance at another W when they travel to NYIT for a contest against the Bears tomorrow at 3pm.