LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. –Twelve different Fairfield batters recorded hits and 11 scored as the defending MAAC Champion Stags completed the weekend sweep with a 19-0 blowout of Siena Baseball at Siena Field. The Stags pounded out 18 hits and had 23 batters reach base safely.
Jack Gethings drove in five runs out of the leadoff spot for Fairfield (21-15, 10-2), and cleanup hitter Troy Scocca added four hits while finishing a home run shy of a cycle for the surging Stags which have now won 13 of 15. Meanwhile Kyle Dube cruised through seven low-pressure innings, scattering six hits and struck out five without issuing a walk to earn the victory on the mound.
Senior centerfielder Dan Swain and freshman shortstop Ben Rhodes tallied two hits apiece for Siena (14-21-1, 5-7) which was shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since Mar. 2-3, 2013 at Liberty. Fairfield outscored the Saints 28-1 over the weekend in a rematch of last year’s MAAC Championship Game, which the Stags captured 18-2 to win the program’s first title.
Fairfield scored in each of the first four innings to quickly put the game out of reach. After taking a 3-0 lead through two innings of play, the Stags blew the game open with a six-run third.
Fairfield only recorded three hits in the frame, but capitalized on a pair of Siena errors as they batted around in sending 10 men to the plate. Designated hitter Ryan Blake delivered the key blow in the inning, with a bases-clearing, three-run double. The Stags added four more runs in the fourth, as their lead ballooned to 13-0.
Senior southpaw Chris Amorosi came out of the pen and settled things down by retiring 14 straight at one point, but Fairfield would once again send 10 men to the plate in the final inning to tack on six more runs.
Alex Brickman, Joe Drpich, Brian Kelly and Nico Ramos each added hits for Siena which suffered its first MAAC series sweep since the final weekend of the 2012 season at Manhattan, and first at home since the previous weekend of that season vs. the Stags. The Saints had won nine consecutive MAAC Regular Season series prior to dropping two of three last weekend vs. Canisius.
Siena will look to bounce back Tuesday, when they travel to face Brown in Providence, Rhode Island for non-conference doubleheader action beginning at 3 p.m.