Courtesy of PurpleEagles.com
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Though the Purple Eagles got off to an early lead, they were not able to hold off Fairfield, falling to the Stags 4-2 in the final game of a three-game series on Sunday.
“For the most part, we played a good game,” said head coach Rob McCoy. “We got a good start on the mound and battled a good arm offensively. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the defensive plays when we needed to and they took advantage of it. We have got to improve getting comfortable being uncomfortable.”
Owen Dziados had a team-high two hits, going 2-for-4 at the plate. Greg Cullen had his first career triple, as well as having the Purple Eagles’ only RBI of the day. On the mound, Zachary Kolodziejski (2-4) struck out five batters in his 7.0 innings pitched.
Niagara (10-23-1, 6-6 MAAC) took a 1-0 lead over Fairfield (15-17, 7-2 MAAC) in the top of the fifth inning. With Tanner Kirwer already on base, Cullen tripled to right center, sending Kirwer home for the first run of the game.
The Purple Eagles held Fairfield scoreless until the bottom of the eighth inning. The Stags took advantage of errors in the field and took their first lead of the game, 4-2.
Niagara continued to play tough, hoping to take back the lead in the final inning. Dziados singled through the left side and was able to advance to second on a wild pitch. Joel Brophy then grounded out to short, but Dziados was able to advance to third, putting himself in scoring position. Julian Gallup reached base on error by third base, giving Dziados enough time to score Niagara’s final run of the game.
The Purple Eagles take their home field for the first time this season on Tuesday, April 19 in a doubleheader with St. Bonaventure.