Baseball Splits with Marist
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University baseball team split a doubleheader with Marist College this afternoon on Senior Day at Alumni Diamond. In the opener, the Red Foxes scored five runs in the top of the ninth to overtake the Stags, 9-6. In the nightcap, Mike Wallace fired a three-hit, complete game shutout as the Stags posted a 4-0 win.
Junior Sebastian Salvo went a combined 4-for-8 with a homer, a triple, five RBIs, and three runs scored. Sophomore Jake Salpietro went a combined 4-for-8 with a double, a run scored, and one driven in.
Fairfield (29-22; 14-8) and Marist (17-31; 10-13 MAAC) will conclude the regular season tomorrow, May 18, with a single game at 2pm on Alumni Diamond.
With the split, Fairfield clinched the No. 3 seed in the 2014 MAAC Championship. The Stags will face the No. 6 seed on Wednesday, May 21, at 12pm at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J. Canisius is the top seed while Siena secured the No. 2 seed. For complete tournament information or to purchase tickets, visit MAAC Championship Central.
Game One Recap: Marist erased a two-run deficit with two outs in the top of the ninth to top the Stags, 9-6.
Marist put up four runs in the top of the first inning for the early lead. But in the bottom of the third, it was Fairfield’s turn to push four runs across the plate. With two outs and the bases loaded, Salvo cleared them with a triple to deep centerfield. Graduate student Jack Giannini tied the game, 4-4, with a single to right field to plate Salvo.
In the bottom of the sixth inning with Dean Sadik standing on second base, senior Ryan Plourde singled to centerfield to score Sadik and tie the game. Salpietro followed with a double to score Plourde and give the Stags the 6-4 advantage.
In the top of the ninth, reliever Tucker Panciera and the Stags were cruising along, getting the first two outs of the frame. Steve Laurino came up with a single while Pat Welsh and Zach Passerelle each drew a walk to load the bases and end Panciera’s day. Graham McIntire followed with a single off Joe Randall, driving in two runs to tie the game. An error by the Stags led to another run while Matt Pagano made it 9-6 with a single to right center. Andrew Gallagher came on in relief to get the final out of the inning. Rich Vrana shut the Stags down in the bottom of the ninth for the win.
Vrana (2-7) tossed 4.0 innings of relief for the win. Starter Evan Davis received the no-decision after allowing four unearned runs on six hits over 5.0 innings. Panciera (7-2) took the loss, allowing three runs on one hit and two walks in 2.1 innings. Aaron Howell went 5.2 innings in the no-decision, striking out six batters while allowing four runs on seven hits.
Salpietro went 3-for-5 in the game. Plourde scored two runs and drove in a third. Plourde was on the base paths in four of his five plate appearances. He singled, walked, and reached twice on an error.
Game Two Recap: Fairfield rebounded with a 4-0 victory in the second game behind the stellar pitching of Wallace. The sophomore threw his second complete game shutout of the season, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out four batters on 83 pitches over in 7.0 innings.
Wallace allowed two hits and a walk in the bottom of the first inning. After allowing a two-out bunt single, Wallace retired the next 10 batters he faced until McIntire reached on an error to lead off the fifth. From the fifth inning on, Wallace did not allow a base runner to advance beyond first base.
Fairfield got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Plourde drew a leadoff walk and later advanced to third base on a single by Salvo. A defensive miscue on a steal attempt allowed Plourde to trot home and give the Stags a 1-0 lead. Billy Zolga made it 2-0 as he poked a single into left field allowing Salvo to score.
Plourde and Salvo generated the offense in the bottom sixth as well. Plourde led off with a single but Marist was able to get the next two outs. That’s when Salvo stepped to the plate and sent a 1-1 pitch deep into the trees in right field for his first homer of the season. Wallace shut down Red Foxes in the top of the seventh for his fifth win of the year.
Plourde went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. He made his record-setting 192nd career start for the Stags and extended his reached base streak to 28 games.