Trojans 6-1 after three weekend victoriesGridley sparks Fairfield on Friday
Three weekend road victories have given the Fairfield baseball team a 6-1 record headed into the beginning of Southeast Conference play tonight against Fort Madison.
The successful weekend began Friday with a 6-1 victory over Ottumwa. Senior Austin Gridley did the heavy lifting, finishing 3-3 at the plate on the night with a double. Gridley earned the win on the mound, allowing only two hits, one walk and one run over six innings. He struck out eight Bulldogs.
Jordan Reid tripled and was driven in by Joe Hietpas, who finished 2-4 on the night. Cameron Baumann also went 2-4 and finished with two RBI.
Fairfield followed up the win with a Saturday trip to the Wilton Tournament. The Trojans cruised past English Valleys 10-3. A five-run fourth inning did in the Bears. Micah Harris hit a two run triple and Gridley earned a RBI by walking with the bases loaded.
Kooper Dahlstrom finished 2-3 with two doubles and three RBI. Mason Ellis got into the action as well, going 1-3 with a triple, one run scored and a RBI. Justin Leonard pitched the first two innings and struck out one. Harris would pitch the final four innings and only allow two hits, two walks and two unearned runs while striking out seven.
Fairfield also defeated Wilton 3-0 in a rain-shorted matchup. The game went five innings, and there were only five total hits between the teams. Sophomore Jordan Reid had two of them, including a double. Hietpas and Gridley both had RBIs.
With three games in two days and a conference doubleheader coming up tonight, it was important for Fairfield to maintain all the pitching arms at its disposal. Five different pitchers threw for the Trojans, the last of which being Wyatt Stark, who threw five scoreless innings against Wilton. Stark gave up two hits and struck out six.
Fort Madison, Fairfield’s first conference foe of 2014, is 0-10 so far this season and has only scored 15 runs on the year.
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