FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University baseball team saw their six-game winning streak come to a close on a cold and rainy day at Alumni Diamond. The Stags out-hit the Pioneers 9-8 but were done in by four errors, which allowed the crosstown rivals Sacred Heart to take an 8-5 decision.
The Stags (18-15) looked like they had control of the game after the first three hitters reached base, with one scoring off a double by Kevin Radziewicz. The first out Sacred Heart recorded was on a pick off throw by their catcher as he nabbed the runner going back to third. Troy Scoccawould double home Radziewicz on the next pitch to give Fairfield a 2-0 lead.
That would be the last run for the Stags until the sixth inning as Sacred Heart (12-23) scored eight unanswered runs, starting with a three spot in the third where the Stags committed two errors.
The Pioneers tacked on three more runs in the fourth, aided by another pair of Fairfield miscues and the Pioneers stranded the bases loaded.
The Stags did not let their struggles in the field affect them at the plate, as they continued to try and manufacture runs. Fairfield got a runner home in the sixth on a Michael ContiRBI single and capped their scoring with a two-run single by Scocca in the ninth.
Scocca, Conti, and Kevin Radziewiczall tallied a pair of hits, with Scocca leading the team with three RBI.
Ian Halpincontinued to impress in his two innings of work as he needed just 25 pitches to retire all six batters he faced, three coming by strikeout. Eli Olpihant pitched the final frame and set down the Pioneers in order, striking out two.
The Stags will travel to Siena for a key MAAC series this weekend, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.