Courtesy: Fairfield University

Stags Continue Hot Streak with Sweep of Stony Brook

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 26, 2017

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – During the month of April, the Fairfield University baseball team can do no wrong. Two days after their best offensive series of the year, the Stags showed they can win even when they don't pile on the runs. Today, the Stags used stellar pitching performances and clutch hits from a couple of freshmen to complete the first-ever doubleheader sweep against Stony Brook. Fairfield won the first game 2-1 in 11 innings before shutting out the Seawolves 1-0 in the finale. For the Stags, it was their 15th and 16th wins in the month of April, as they hold a 16-3 record in the month.

The first game needed four extra innings to find a hero, but the Stags (23-15) finally found that big hit with freshman Dan Ryan. The rookie pinch hit in the 11th inning and connected on the first pitch he saw down the right field line, scoring Troy Scocca, which proved to be the game-winning run.

In a game that was scheduled for seven innings, the Stags used a fifth inning run to mount a comeback. Drew Arciuolo singled through the right side which brought home Drew Blake, who reached base with a double on the first pitch of the frame. For Arciuolo it would be one of a team-high three base knocks for the Stags in the first game.

That would be the last run to score for the game for the next six innings as the game needed 11 innings to finally find a winner. Josh Arnold kept the Stags alive as he wiggled out of trouble with the bases loaded in the tenth by getting the Seawolves (17-21) left fielder to strike out swinging. Arnold was one of four Stag pitchers to contribute on the hill as Austin Pope, Ian Halpin, and Mike Bonaiuto combined to allow just one run in their 11 innings of work. Pope got the start and surrendered a first inning run, but would not give up another one in four more innings, giving up just two hits along the way.

The Stags kept that momentum going in the second game, as David Sacco would pick up the win, holding the Seawolves scoreless over his three innings of work. Sacco was not the only Stag pitcher to keep the home team off the scoreboard as Tristan Amone, Eli Olpihant, and Peter Horn combined to complete the seven-hit shutout.

Stony Brook's pitching was equally as impressive, holding Fairfield to just three hits, all of those coming in the first two innings. Freshman Dylan Reynolds was the Stag to pick up the biggest hit in the finale, as his double scored Blake in the second inning, which ended up being the only run of the game.

The Seawolves got a runner on in every inning, and nearly tied the game in the seventh on a single to right, but Ryan ended the game by gunning out the potential tying run at the plate.

The Stags will look to continue their April dominance when they travel to Niagara for a three-game conference series beginning Friday with a single game at 3pm.




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