Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader at NYIT
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – The Fairfield University baseball team swept a doubleheader at NYIT this afternoon. The Stags took game one, 4-1, and posted a 5-3 win in the nightcap.
Sophomore Jake Salpietro went a combined 3-for-5 on the day, with two doubles, three walks, three runs scored, and two RBIs while senior Ryan Plourde went a combined 3-for-7 with a double, a walk, two stolen bases, two runs scored and one driven in.
On the mound, junior Andrew Gallagher saved both games of the doubleheader.
Fairfield (18-14), a winner in 12 of their last 15 games, resumes MAAC play against Monmouth, April 18-19, at Alumni Diamond. The Stags and the Hawks will play a single game at 11am on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12pm.
Game One Recap: Fairfield used a three-run fifth inning to help overtake NYIT, 4-1, in the opener. Sophomore Joe Randall picked up his first collegiate victory on the hill for the Stags while Plourde went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Randall (1-1) went 4.0 innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out four batters in his second career start.
Trailing 1-0 with one out in the top of the fifth, Plourde reached on an infield single and then scored on a double by Salpietro to tie the game. Sophomore Brendan Tracy followed with a single to right field to advance Salpietro to third. Freshman Dan Hopkins then drew a walk to load the bases. Rookie Troy Scocca reached on a fielder’s choice but an error on the play allowed Salpietro and Tracy to score. Fairfield added another run in the top of the sixth inning on a two-out RBI double by Plourde which made it 4-1.
Junior Anthony DiMauro tossed two scoreless innings of relief while Gallagher picked up his first save of the year, tossing an inning of relief.
Game Two Recap: The Stags received multi-hit efforts from Salpietro and junior Dean Sadik to take the nightcap by a score of 5-3. Freshman Kyle Dube picked up his first collegiate win after throwing a perfect 2.0 innings of relief, striking out three of the six batters he faced.
In the top of the second, NYIT walked the bases loaded to start off the frame. The Bears, however, were able to get a ground ball off the bat of Michael Conti, conceding the run for a double play. Despite issuing another walk to Zac Candelaria, NYIT was able to get out of the inning without further damage.
The Stags got the bats going in the top of the third. Sadik led off with a double while senior Rob LoPinto drove him in with a double of his own. A passed ball allowed LoPinto to move up 90 feet while Plourde drew a walk and stole second base. Salpietro then laced a single through the left side allowing LoPinto to score and extend the lead to 3-0. Rookie Mac Crispino made it 4-0 with an RBI groundout which plated Plourde.
Fairfield added another run in the top of the fifth as Salpietro walked and advanced around the bases on three wild pitches. The run would prove to be important as the Bears scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Freshman Mike Bonaiuto made his first collegiate start, going 2.0 innings and allowing two hits and striking out one batter in the no-decision.