Fairfield scored nine times in the third inning, taking advantage of five walks, three wild pitches and two hit batters in a 9-2 rout of Siena in the final home game of the year for the Saints Saturday. The Stags completed the three-game series sweep, and in the process eliminated Siena from MAAC Tournament contention.
Siena (18-34, 8-13) closes its season with three-games at MAAC-leader Manhattan Thursday and Friday.
The Saints used seven pitchers, and five were very effective, but the nightmare third was the difference.
Siena scored its only two runs in its first at bat. Vincent Citro began the game with a sharp single to left, and Ted Trymbiski followed with an RBI double to right centerfield. Trymbiski came around to score on Larry Balkwill's RBI single, but the Saints ended up leaving men on second and third.
Trymbiski was one of three senior starters playing his final game at Siena Field, and all three produced. Trymbiski and Andrew Sawyer each went 2-for-3 at the plate, while William Cardona drilled a hard single to left in his final at bat.
Jack Giannini delivered the big hit of the game for Fairfield, launching a three-run homer in the third after Siena's pitchers struggled mightily with command. Dean Sadik went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Stags.
Brett Shulick picked up his sixth win of the year, tossing six innings and allowing just the two runs. Gavin McCullough and Chris Kalica closed the door from there.