Stags Fall in Extras at UMass
May 16, 2017
AMHERSET, Mass. – The Fairfield University baseball team scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 5-2 lead, but the host UMass Minutemen responded to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth before winning the game with a walk-off single by Andrew Noonan, as the Stags dropped their final non-conference game of the 2017 season 6-5. The Stags pounded out 14 hits, the second-straight game they reached that number, with five hitters recording multiple hit games.
Just like in yesterday's contest, the Stags (28-21) had numerous chances to try and build on a small lead. Fairfield loaded the bases in the second, but could only get one runner across, with that RBI coming off a Dylan Reynolds walk.
Austin Pope tried to hold onto that lead as he notched an impressive start in his four innings of work. Of the 16 batters he faced, only three Minutemen (14-30) were able to hit the ball out of the infield. Two of those instances came in his final inning as Ryan Lever opened the inning with a triple and was chased home with a two-out RBI single by Logan Greene.
UMass chased home another run in the seventh, forcing the Stags to try and make another comeback, which they did. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Stags would plate four runs coming off back-to-back hits by pinch hitter Kevin Radziewicz and Tyler Gambardella. Radziewicz brought home two with a double into left and Gambardella would cap the Fairfield scoring with a two-run single to center.
However, the Stags were not able to hold on to that lead. UMass tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the ninth, the final one coming off a wild pitch with two outs.
In the 10th, all three UMass batters would reach base safely, with Noonan's RBI single being the hit to end the game.
The Stags will now head into the final series of the season as they travel to in-state rival Quinnipiac. Fairfield will have a chance to clinch the regular season championship and the tournament's number one seed this weekend. The two teams will begin play with a doubleheader on Thursday starting at noon.