DELAND, Fla. – In a battle between two reigning conference champions, the Fairfield Stags took the first game of the series with the Atlantic Sun champion Stetson by a 5-2 final score. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Stags as John Signoreearned his first win of the season and Mike Bonaiutoclosed the door to pick up his first save.
The Stags (4-9) scored all of their runs without the benefit of a run scoring hit as they used three Stetson errors, a fielder’s choice, and a line drive sacrifice fly to plate all five runs. Fairfield got in the scoring column early with three runs in the first inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Troy Scoccagrounded a ball to the shortstop and was able to beat out the throw to score the game’s first run. Two batters later, Michael Contitook advantage of a throwing error to score two more runs for the Stags, giving them a 3-0 lead.
Stetson (7-13) chipped into the Fairfield advantage by scoring one run in the fourth and fifth innings before Fairfield got those runs right back in the sixth. Once again, Conti reached base on an error as he tried to sacrifice the runner over to second. The throw got by the second baseman allowing the first run of the inning to score. Mitch Williamscapped the scoring effort for the Stags by lining a sacrifice fly into right scoring Mac Crispino.
The pitching duo of John Signoreand Mike Bonaiutomade that lead stay. Signore allowed just two runs and struck out six without walking a batter in his six innings of work, picking up his first win of the spring. Bonaiuto came in to relieve and finished the final three innings allowing just three hits in his scoreless effort.
For the sixth time this season, the Stags outhit their opponent picking up 10 against the ace of the Stetson staff Brooks Wilson who allowed two earned runs in his eight innings of work. Drew Arciuoloand Kevin Radziewiczboth picked up multi-hit games.
The Stags will try and take the series as Gavin Wallacetakes the hill tomorrow at 2pm.