NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Sophomore Aaron Howelltossed a four-hit, complete game to help lift the Fairfield University baseball team to a 3-1 victory over Central Connecticut State University this afternoon. With the win, the Stags took the series from the Blue Devils and improved to 26-19 overall.
After allowing just one run in the bottom of the second, Howell (3-4) kept CCSU off the board for the next seven innings. Howell scattered four hits and a walk, which came in the ninth inning, while striking out three batters.
Fairfield took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Alex Witkus which drove in Jack Giannini. The Blue Devils tied it up in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out single by Pat Sirois.
In the top of the fifth, Sal Cicconeled off with a double, moved over to third on a sac bunt by Witkus, and scored on a groundout to put the Stags on top. Central Connecticut threatened in the bottom of the fifth, but stranded two base runners.
Fairfield added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning. Senior Ryan Plourdewas hit by a pitch to start the inning and advanced to third on a one-out single by Brendan Tracy. Giannini was then able to squeeze home Plourde to extend the lead to 3-1.
Howell, meanwhile, retired the Blue Devils in order in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. His string of 10 straight batters retired was snapped in the ninth when he issued a one-out walk. He got the final two outs of the inning for the win.
Fairfield resumes Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play next week when Quinnipiac visits Alumni Diamond, May 10-11. After a stop at Seton Hall on May 13 at 6:30pm, the Stags return home to host Marist, May 16-17, on Alumni Diamond.