Thursday, April 26, 2007

Baseball Team Pulls Out 6-5 Win

After a sweep of Iona two weeks ago, it looked like the Stags baseball team was headed back on the right track. But then Fairfield hit another slide and dropped five straight games, including a three game series to MAAC rival Canisius.

The losses to Canisius moved the Stags back from the fourth spot in the MAAC standings to sixth place, with a 6-8 conference record, two games back of third place Rider (8-6).

On Wedensday Fairfield may have been able to regain some momentum, with a victory over Central Connecticut State at Alumni Diamond in Fairfield. The Stags battled the weather to pick up a walk-off win, 6-5.

The Stags entered the ninth, trailing 5-3. The inning started poorly, as Dave Jermine `09 flied out and Matt Tiagwad `10 struck out. Junior DH Peter Allen singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Fellow junior Mike Weiner walked, then Brian Rudolph and Jason Rago were both hit by pitches, allowing Allen to score.

Junior Pat Hoban came up as a pinch hitter and drove in two runs on a single down the left field line to end the game.

Freshman Mike Fournier picked up his first win of his career, despite blowing a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth. The Stags received a solid outing from sophomore Doug Ciallella, who allowed just three hits in five innings of work, while striking out eight Blue Devils.

Fairfield now heads into an important three game series against MAAC rival Siena this weekend in Fairfield. Siena has a 3-8 record and sits in eighth place in the conference.

-Tom Cleary

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