Trojans split with Burlington baseball after losing on walk-off

The Trojans lost 5-4 at Burlington in the opening game of a doubleheader Tuesday night before rallying in game two for a dominant 11-5 victory.


Game one

The scoring started in the second inning when Hunter Drish singled home a run for the Trojans before the Greyhounds tied it in the home half of the frame with a sacrifice fly from junior Jacob Hardy.

Fairfield briefly regained the lead 2-1 in the top of the third before Burlington responded in their subsequent at-bat with two runs for a 3-2 advantage that they held until the top of the sixth.

The Trojans than ran sophomore slinger Mason Fort out of the game with one out in the sixth when they scored twice to take back the seasaw lead that they held until senior Danny Topping had his second hit in four at-bats to collect two RBI as the winning runs scored to end the non-conference contest in fashion in front of the Greyhounds home crowd.

Fort threw 89 pitches during his 5 1/3, giving up three earned runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two. Junior Drake Parks threw 25 pitches over an inning and two-thirds while collecting the win despite giving up a run on two hits while striking out two and walking one Trojan.

Caden Jones struck out one and walked two while surrendering two unearned runs in the loss over 2/3 of an inning of work that saw the junior throw 20 pitches.

Cooper Drish went 2-3 at the plate to lead Fairfield in hits who doubled Burlington?s total in the category, 8-4.


Game two

Hunter Drish had seven RBI Tuesday night in game two, including a go-ahead grand slam in the fifth inning to power the Trojans past Burlington 11-5 in the nightcap.

Fairfield scored first in the opening inning when Drish hit a three-run double which was enough to hold off a two-run rally from the home team in the bottom of the first, but Burlington added three more in the second to hold a 5-3 advantage until the top of the fifth.

That?s when the senior Drish roped a homer on the first pitch to circle the bases while scoring four RBI with one swing.

The top seven guys in the order all scored runs, led by Austin Simpson who crossed home plate three times.

Kosta Papazogolou, Hunter Hoskins, Cade Lisk and Drew Martin each scored once while Tristin Waugh and Cooper Drish were each credited with two runs scored.

Waugh, Lisk, Drish, Hoskins and Weaton each recorded multiple hits for the Trojans who totaled 12 on the night while also drawing six walks and striking out 10 times.

Brittan Bowman led the Trojans in a complete game victory on the hill, allowing five runs, four earned, on four hits over seven innings while striking out five and walking three on 105 pitches.

Powers started the game for Burlington, surrendering three runs on two hits over one inning of work while striking out one.

Hardy took over in the second and looked poised for the win until the Drish homer in the fifth, going four and a third innings and allowing five earned runs on six hits and striking out eight while walking just one.

After Hardy was pulled with one out in the fifth and the Trojans holding an 8-5 lead, junior Cody Newman finished the game for the Greyhounds, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits over one and two-thirds innings.

Next for the 5-2 Trojans is a roadtrip to Chariton Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference showdown with the Chargers before Fairfield hosts Washington in a Southeast Conference doubeheader Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m.