NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – Sophomore Mike Wallacetossed a six-hit, complete game shutout to lift the Fairfield University baseball team to a 6-0 victory at Niagara University. The Stags improve to 16-14 overall and to 8-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), sitting a half-game out of first place.
Wallace (4-3) needed just 73 pitches as he fanned six batters and walked just one over nine innings. He allowed just one Purple Eagle to advance beyond first base and retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced.
The game was scoreless until the sixth inning. Senior Ryan Plourdeled off with a walk while Jake Salpietroreached on an error. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a sac bunt by Jack Giannini. After rookieDan Hopkinswalked to load the bases, Brendan Tracyput the Stags on the board with a sac fly. Fairfield reloaded the bases on a single by Alex Witkus but the Purple Eagles were able to get out of the inning.
The Stags added another run in the top of the seventh. With one out, Rob LoPintoreached on an error and advanced to third on a double by Plourde. LoPinto scored on a sac fly by Salpietro to put Fairfield ahead, 2-0.
Fairfield broke it open in the top of the ninth inning. With one out, the Stags put runners on second and third. Hopkins cleared the bases with a double to left field to make it 4-0. Tracy followed with a single up the middle to plate Hopkins. Tracy scored the Stags’ sixth run of the day after Niagara committed an error on a ball off the bat of Witkus.
Liam Stroud (0-6) took the loss, allowing an unearned run on one hit and four walks in 5.1 innings of work.
Tracy went 1-for-3 on the day with two RBI and a run scored while Witkus went 1-for-4, was hit by a pitch, and had a pair of stolen bases. Plourde was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base, and a run scored.
Fairfield returns to action on April 15 when it hosts UConn at 3:30pm. The Stags then head to NYIT for a doubleheader on April 16 before resuming MAAC play against Monmouth, April 18-19, on Alumni Diamond.