SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012
Baseball falls to Fairfield, 9-3
Fairfield used two big doubles to down the JU baseball team, 9-3, on Saturday afternoon in the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational at John Sessions Stadium.
Ryan Plourde and Sebastien Salvo each had base-clearing doubles in consecutive innings to lead the Stags (7-9) to the win. Plourde also had an RBI double in the sixth, while Brett Shulick (2-1) allowed three runs on four hits and two strikeouts in seven innings to earn the win.
“We didn’t come to play,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We need better effort than that if we want to win a game. Our goal is to shake this one off fast and get to the next game.”
Junior Adam Brett Walker II moved into fifth all-time in the program with his 32nd career home run, a three-run shot, for the Dolphins (9-10) in the sixth inning.
Senior Steve Eagerton (0-4) took the loss after allowing seven runs, four earned on nine hits in 3.2 innings. Sophomore Will Flor and freshman Jeff Tanner combined for three scoreless relief frames to end the contest.
The Stages used three straight singles in the third inning to load the bases. Plourde followed with a double to right field to clear the bases for the 3-0 lead. He moved to third in the next at-bat and scored on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Donovan.
In the fourth inning, Mike Mashci got hit by a pitch to start the frame. After a fly out, he tried to move to third on a fielder error, but got thrown out by sophomore right fielder Taylor Ratliff. Anthony Hajjar singled and Plourde walked to load the bases. Salvo plated all the runners with a double to left field to extend the Stags lead to 7-0.
Plourde doubled in the sixth inning to plate Hajjar who reached on an error. Donovan later plated Plourde on a single to right field.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Ratliff led off with walk and sophomore Zachary Houck followed with a single for the Dolphins. After a fly out, Walker homered to left field to put JU on the board. Shuilck settled and retired the next two batters to end the inning.
The Dolphins got two runners on base with two outs in the ninth, but Ian Tresser induced a ground out to secure the win.
JU finishes its day tonight with Western Carolina at 6:30 p.m.