FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Six weeks into the season and the Fairfield University baseball team finally played a home game. It was worth the wait as the Stags downed NYIT, 13-4, this afternoon on Alumni Diamond.Sophomore Jake Salpietrodrove in seven runs while rookieMichael Contipicked up four hits.
Salpietro went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored in addition to his career-best seven RBIs. Conti went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Jack Gianniniand Ryan Plourdealso turned in multi-hit efforts for the Stags who had 14 hits on the day. Giannini was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, one run scored and one driven in. Plourde went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Junior Tucker Pancieraimproved to 2-0 on the season after going 4.0 innings and allowing three unearned runs while striking out four batters.
Fairfield got the scoring started early. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first inning, Giannini and rookie Troy Scoccadrew back-to-back walks to force in the Stags’ first two runs of the day. Fairfield added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning on a single by Salpietro.
NYIT (1-18) cut the gap to 4-3 in the top of the third inning after an error led to three unearned runs. The Bears would not score again until the ninth inning when the Stags committed an error which resulted in a run.
The Stags added two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on a single by Conti which plated Giannini and Brian Murphy. Fairfield tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning on a two RBI single by Salpietro and a sacrifice fly by rookie Dan Hopkinswhich made it 9-3.
Fairfield kept the offense going in the bottom of the seventh, pushing three more runs across the plate to extend the lead to 12-3. With two outs and the bases loaded, Salpietro cleared them with a double to deep centerfield. Fairfield’s final run of the day came in the eighth on an error.
Sophomore Joe Randalltossed three scoreless innings of relief, striking out three batters, whileAnthony DiMaurotossed a scoreless eighth inning. RookieMike Bonaiutoclosed out the ninth, striking out two batters.
Salpietro’s seven RBIs were two shy of the program record. The single game record is nine RBIs set in 2010 by former Stag Tucker Nathans.
Fairfield (9-11) returns to action on April 2 at Northeastern. The Stags return to Alumni Diamond, April 5-6, to host Canisius for a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) series.