FAIRFIELD, Conn. – As the weather starts to feel more like spring, it looks like the Fairfield University baseball team is starting to hit their stride. The Stags won their seventh game in their last eight outings behind the pitching arm of John Signorewho went the distance for the first time this season as the Stags defeated the Peacocks 7-1 in the first game of the three-game conference series.
After Signore allowed a first inning run to Saint Peter’s (0-16, 0-7 MAAC) the sophomore settled down and mastered the bats of the Peacocks. Signore allowed just two hits the rest of the way. Both of those base knocks were singles as no Peacock would reach second base after the first frame.
“I just had to get my pitches over the plate and throw strikes,” Signore said about his performance after the first. “I couldn’t give them any free bases and as long as I am putting the ball where I want it, that’s my game plan.”
His game plan worked as the sophomore recorded his first career complete game and picked up his fourth win of the season. Signore also struck out five batters in his nine innings of work.
Offensively, the Stags (15-14, 5-2 MAAC) struggled to get the offense going against Saint Peter’s starter Willie Krajnik who did a good job mixing speeds on his three pitches. The Stags were able to get the lead in the bottom half of the first by tallying just one hit. Jack Gethingsreached on an error as the fielder dropped the pop up in the outfield, but Gethings hustled his way to second to get in scoring position. Drew Arciuolowould single Gethings to third on his first of four hits of the game. Gethings would score on another error and Arciuolo would come home on a bases loaded walk to Mitch Williams.
With the score at 3-1 in the sixth, the Stags’ bats started to find holes. The Stags tallied two extra base hits in the seventh on an Arciuolo double and a Troy Scoccatriple. Both players would score as Mac Crispinobrought home Arciuolo with a sacrifice fly and Scocca crossed the plate on an error.
In the eighth, Gethings was responsible for both runs as the sophomore doubled home the first run and would later score on a wild pitch.
For the second time in three games, Arciuolo led the team as he collected four hits. Scocca and Gethings followed with two hits apiece.
The Stags will now try and clinch their fifth-straight series victory when they host a doubleheader against the Peacocks tomorrow starting at 11:30am.