Washington's bats stay quiet in Fairfield
FAIRFIELD — The Washington baseball team’s offensive woes continued on Monday night in Fairfield.
The Demons had just six hits and struck out 30 times in the Southeast Conference doubleheader, and were swept by the rival Trojans by scores of 3-2 and 5-0.
“We’re pitching well enough to stay in games, and playing good enough defense, we just need to find a way to hit,” Washington head coach Nathan Miller said.
Fairfield (8-3, 5-1 SEC) scored first in the opening game when junior Austin Gridley hit an RBI single in the third inning, but the Demons tied the score in the next inning when junior Elijah Wood hit an RBI double.
The Trojans took the lead for good in the fifth inning on Gridley’s two-RBI single.
Washington threatened in the top of the seventh inning. Senior Austin Witt doubled and scored on junior Tanner Knupp’s two-out single. But junior Jacob Green struck out swinging to end the game.
Knupp had a pair of singles in the game, while Wood and Witt both doubled.
Gridley allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings as he picked up the victory on the mound. He struck out 12 batters and walked six. Senior Spencer Petersman struck out the only batter he faced, Green, to earn the save.
Junior Elijah Wood threw five solid innings for the Demons, allowing three runs on five hits, but he took the loss. He struck out five batters.
The Trojans got more solid pitching in the second game of the nightcap as junior Joseph Hietpas threw seven shutout innings. He struck out 17 batters and only allowed two hits and one walk.
Peterman’s RBI single in the second inning gave the Trojans an early lead, and then they added three more runs in the third on senior Josh Dimmitt’s RBI single and senior Tyler Cooksey’s two-RBI double. Fairfield added a run in the fifth inning on junior Mason Ellis’ double. Hietpas took care of the rest for Fairfield.
Junior Tanner Knupp took the loss for Washington, giving up three earned runs in four innings. Knupp and Dakota Kron had hits for the Demons in the second game.
The Demons (6-6, 2-6 SEC) have lost six of their last seven games, batting just .177 during that span.
“I thought pitching-wise and defensively we did enough to be in those ballgames,” Miller said. “We gave up five hits in the first game and six hits in the second game. We just have to find a way to hit. So we’re back in the cages, and we’ll keep plugging away.”