BROOKLINE, Mass. – Rookies Mac Crispinoand Dan Hopkinsdrove in the game-tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning as the Fairfield University baseball team nipped Northeastern University, 3-2, this afternoon on Friedman Diamond.
Northeastern (13-11) got on the board in the bottom of the second on a two-run homer which just cleared the left field fence.
Fairfield (10-11) took advantage of a Northeastern error in the third inning for their first run of the day. With Dean Sadik standing on second base with two outs, senior Ryan Plourdehit a hard grounder to third base but an errant throw allowed Sadik to score and Plourde to move to second. The Huskies were able to get out of the inning without any further damage.
The Stags put together a rally in the top of the eighth inning. With one out, Plourde drew a walk while sophomore Jake Salpietro followed with a single. Crispino then roped a single to leftfield while Plourde raced around third and beat the throw to the plate to tie the game. Hopkins then drove in the go-ahead run, with a single to left, to score Salpietro and make the score 3-2.
Salpietro went 2-for-4 with a double while Plourde was on base three times, walking twice and reaching on an error to extend his reached base streak to 16 games.
Junior Jeremy Soulegot the start, allowing two runs on two hits with a strikeout. Sophomore Tim Duggantossed two scoreless and hitless innings of relief. Freshman Kyle Dube retired the Huskies in order in the sixth inning.
Fairfield resumes Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play this weekend when Canisius College visits, April 5-6. The series begins with a doubleheader at 12pm on Saturday and concludes with a single game on Sunday at 12pm.