Notre Dame baseball holds off Stratford
Published 3:10 pm, Thursday, April 28, 2011
After his team defeated Stratford at Penders Field on Wednesday night, Notre Dame-Fairfield head coach Paul Fabbri talked about how his baseball team has come together as a unit.
But if you look at the box score, you could assume it was the Frank Zumbo show.
The sophomore left fielder drove in three runs, including the game-winner in the top of the seventh, and had two assists to help the Lancers get the 5-4 win.
But Zumbo credited his heroics to the whole team, and just felt he was in the right situations at the right times.
"Honestly I just came to play, and plays just happen," Zumbo said.
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Zumbo brought in the first run of the game in the third inning, when Stratford third baseman Mike Tecci couldn't handle a sharp grounder to his glove side.
In the fifth, Zumbo hit a sacrifice fly to left field that plated P.J. Defillipo and gave Notre Dame a 4-0 lead.
And with the game tied in the top of the seventh, Zumbo hit a bomb to left center that allowed Anthony Searles to score the winning run.
"I saw a fastball from Axel (DeJesus) and was expecting to see one," Zumbo said of the final at bat. "I was waiting on it and was able to drive it."
Zumbo also prevented the winning run from crossing the plate in the bottom of the sixth. After a two-out single by Stratford first baseman Jordan Weiss, Zumbo threw a perfect strike to Notre Dame catcher Searles to nail Ryan Sosik at the plate.
"We didn't let their record foot us," Fabbri said of Stratford, which has been on the losing end of five games this season. "We knew they were in a battle with St. Joseph and we knew they had a one-run game against Bethel on Monday. We also know about Axel and how good he is."
DeJesus struck out six Notre Dame batters, and was victimized by a bad hop that allowed Notre Dame to score two of its three third-inning runs.
Rodriguez started on the hill for the Lancers and struck out three batters in four and a third innings.
"We jumped out early and we made a couple of good plays, but we were resilient enough today.
"I was real please the way we battled. We didn't make a couple of plays in that big inning, but we had the ability to respond," Fabbri said. "It was the fourth straight win for Notre Dame, which moved to 6-5 on the season."
John Ross, who pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Lancers, picked up the win in relief. Brian Sanca got the save.