Courtesy: Fairfield University

Stags Complete Convincing Sweep

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 23, 2017

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – The Fairfield University baseball team batted around in three separate innings in playing nearly perfect baseball as the squad completed the three-game series sweep at Siena in convincing fashion with a dominating 19-0 win. The 19 runs was the most a Stags team has scored since May 14, 2012 and was just two runs shy of tying the program record most runs in a shutout. With the sweep, the Stags have won six-straight conference games and 11 of their last 13 overall.

Twelve different Stags (21-15, 10-2 MAAC) recorded at least one of a season-high 18 hits with Troy Scocca leading the team with four, finishing a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Though the final score was lopsided, the Stags had to manufacture most of the 19 runs and still get the big hits when they needed.

Only one run came from the long ball with Kevin Radziewicz lining his first home run of the spring into left field to open the floodgates for the Stags in the first.

The Stags added two more runs in the second with Jack Gethings singling through the right side to bring across a pair. It would be the first of five RBI for the sophomore.

The first of the three big innings for the Stags came in the third when Fairfield scored six runs beginning with a Mac Crispino two-run single to center and highlighted by a bases clearing double from Drew Blake.

The Stags tallied four more runs in the fourth on RBI singles from Michael Conti, Dan Hopkins, and Tyler Gambardella before finishing the scoring parade with six runs in the ninth on two more RBI from Gethings and Scocca while Tom Ryan got in on the act with a two-run single.

What will go unnoticed is another solid starting pitching performance this time from Kyle Dube. Although he was spotted with the large lead, Dube was able to challenge the Siena (14-21-1, 5-7 MAAC) hitters which equated to seven innings of work while scattering six hits. Combined with the pitching excellence of John Signore and Gavin Wallace the trio allowed one run in 22 innings against a Siena offense that entered the series third in the conference in batting average (.265), hits (281), and home runs (23). The lone run came off a solo shot.

With the victory, the Stags improve to 10-2 in the conference, the second-straight season they become the first MAAC team to double digit wins. Fairfield also started the season 10-2 last year.

Fairfield has also won six-straight series, the last two via sweeps.

Fairfield will look to keep their hot streak going for the final four conference series of the year, beginning with a midweek tune-up against crosstown rivals Sacred Heart. The Pioneers are the only team to defeat the Stags in the last 10 outings.

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