FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University baseball team has made it a habit to get off to quick starts and today was no different. The Stags scored nine runs in the first two innings coming off nine hits, as they completed the sweep against the Monmouth Hawks with a 9-2 decision. The Stags improved their record to 20-5 when scoring first and an incredible 14-1 when the team scores in the first inning.
In that first frame, the Stags (27-18, 14-4 MAAC) once again got started by Drew Arciuolo who singled to start the first, picking up his eighth hit in his last nine at-bats. The Stags worked the bases loaded on back-to-back walks to Kevin Radziewicz and Troy Scocca, which allowed Mac Crispino to deliver the first runs of the game with a two-run single up the middle. Dan Hopkins would follow with an infield single, which plated another run and put the Fairfield advantage at 3-0. Crispino would later score on an error by Monmouth as the Stags put up a four-spot in the first inning. It is the second-straight game that the Stags scored at least four runs in their first at-bats.
After Monmouth (16-25, 8-10 MAAC) cut the Fairfield lead in half with a two-run homer by Clay Koniencki, the Stags answered right back by scoring five runs in the second all coming with two outs. In fact, there were two outs and nobody on when the Stags started their rally. In that rally, the Stags tallied six-straight hits including RBI hits from Scocca, Crispino, Hopkins, and Michael Conti to jump out to a 9-2 lead.
That would be the last time either team would plate a run as the pitching took over the contest, especially coming from Kyle Dube. The Koniecki long ball in the second would be the last time Monmouth would have a runner past second base with Dube on the hill as he finished seven strong innings. During that stretch, Dube allowed just five hits and struck out three while walking one. Over his last 20 innings, Dube has given up just two runs and has pitched to a 0.90 ERA.
Ian Halpin would replace Dube to start the eighth and tossed two innings of scoreless relief to clinch the third series sweep for the Stags this season.
Crispino and Hopkins combined for six of the team's RBI with both players driving in three runs apiece. Hopkins led the team with three hits and Crispino, Radziewicz, and Jack Gethings also tallied multi-hit games.
The first-place Stags will play in one of their most important conference series of the season when they host current second-place squad Marist to Alumni Diamond for a three-game set this weekend. Prior to Saturday's doubleheader, the Stags will honor the Class of 2017 with a special Senior Day ceremony.