Baseball Rolls Over Sacred Heart 8-2

Courtesy: Fairfield University
         
Release: April 23, 2014
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Senior Ryan Plourde

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Fairfield University baseball team rolled over Sacred Heart University, 8-2, at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Fairfield pounded out 14 hits on the day.

Senior Ryan Plourde went 2-for-4 on the day and picked up his 200th career, becoming just the fifth Stag in program history to reach the milestone. Plourde also tied Fairfield’s triples record by registering the tenth of his career.

Three other Stags had multi-hit games, including sophomore Jake Salpietro who went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. Senior Rob LoPinto and Sebastian Salvo each went 2-for-5 on the day..

The Stags got on the board in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Plourde singled to leftfield for his 200th hit. Plourde later scored on a single by Salvo for Fairfield’s first run of the day. Sacred Heart tied it up in the bottom of the first inning. In the top of the third inning, Plourde drew a leadoff walk, stole second, and then scored on an error to put the Stags ahead 2-1. An RBI groundout by Salvo pushed the lead to 3-1.

The Stags broke it open in the top of the fifth inning. Plourde led off with a triple and scored on a single by Salpietro. Salvo followed with a single of his own while Dan Hopkins made it 5-1 with an RBI single. Sophomore Brendan Tracy then stepped to the plate and delivered his second homerun in as many days, a three-run bomb that exited the park over the rightfield wall.

Sacred Heart added a run in the eighth inning.

Rookie Mike Bonaiuto picked up his first collegiate win after going a scheduled 3.0 innings and allowing just one run on three hits.

Fairfield (21-16) resumes MAAC play this weekend, traveling to Siena College, April 26-27. At 10-4 in league play, the Stags are a game back from Siena (10-2) in the MAAC standings.