FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University baseball team scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to overtake Canisius College, 4-3, and capture the series this afternoon on Alumni Diamond. The Stags improve to 12-12 on the season and to 6-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) while the Griffs fall to 19-10 overall and 7-2 in league play.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, senior Jack Gianniniled the inning off with a double to deep centerfield. Senior Rob LoPintofollowed with a double down the right field line allowing Giannini to score and tie the game 3-3. With one out, pinch runnerEric Fajardomoved over to third base on a wild pitch. Junior Sal Cicconewas then able to squeeze Fajardo home to put the Stags ahead, 4-3.
In the top of the ninth, Anthony Massicci led off with a single and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt. An error by the Stags then put runners on first and second with one out. Junior Jeremy Soulewas able to shut the door on the Griffs, getting the final two outs of the game for his second save of the year.
Fairfield took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Brendan Tracy. In the top of the fourth inning, Canisius loaded the bases with one out. Conor Panas scored on a ground out by Christ Conley to tie the game. A passed ball allowed the Griffs to take the lead as Shane Zimmer trotted in from third base.
The Stags tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the fifth inning as rookie Dan Hopkinsscored on an error. Canisius got the run back in the top of the seventh on a Panas infield single.
Junior Tucker Panciera(3-0) picked up the win after tossing 3.0 innings of relief and holding Canisius to an unearned run on three hits with three strikeouts. JuniorEJ Ashworthreceived the no-decision after going 5.1 innings and scattering two runs, one earned, on four hits and four walks. Devon Stewart (3-3) took the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits with four strikeouts in 7.1 innings.
LoPinto was 2-for-4 on the day while Dean Sadikwent 2-for-5 with a double. Giannini was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. Senior Ryan Plourdeaccounted for the Stags’ only other hit of the day.
Fairfield, a winner in six of its last seven games, returns to action on Tuesday, April 8 when UMass Lowell visits Alumni Diamond at 3pm.