The Fairfield Ludlowe baseball team is beginning to look like a team who can compete in the FCIAC this year.

The Falcons got a complete game, two-hitter from starter Tim Moran, and reaped some benefits from the Darien defense as Ludlowe bested the Blue Wave, 2-1 on Wednesday at Kiwanis Field in Fairfield.

"He pitched very well," Ludlowe coach Keith O'Rourke said of Moran. "The key for him is throwing strikes, and today he threw strikes."

Luke Clifford drove in the game-winning run on an infield single in the third inning, scoring Brad Burton. Graham Boatwright also scored a run as the Falcons won for the third time in four games, improving to 4-3 in the FCIAC.

"It's huge for us to win games period for us right now," O'Rourke said. "It's a huge game for us to win."

Then Moran cruised after that. The junior starting pitcher earned his second win of the season, but did so striking out just two in seven innings. The Ludlowe defense helped Moran out, committing just one error in the game.

"I got great defense behind me," Moran said. "That error didn't hurt us."

Moran only got in trouble in the second inning. He walked Justin Pryor with one out, and allowed a double to Ben Hall, which scored Pryor. But, Moran struck out Sam Boccuzzi, and Tommy Farren reached on an error.

Ian Sullivan then socked a line drive up the middle, but because Farren was attempting to steal, the ball was right at shortstop Tyler Bulkely for the third out of the inning.

"That was the type of day it was," Moran said. "We got lucky."

Ludlowe scored its runs in the bottom of the third, when Boatwright smoked a line drive back to Darien starting pitcher Dillion Duncan, who fielded it, but threw wildly to first. Boatwright reached third and scored on a wild pitch, which tied the game at 1.

"They threw the ball around a little, and that helped us score our runs," O'Rourke said. "You take it when it comes to you, we'll take it."

Burton walked, then Alex Wright singled, sending Burton to third. After Mike Kochiss grounded out to shortstop, Clifford hit a ball off of Duncan's glove, and beat it out to break the tie.

Moran only got into trouble after that in the sixth, when with two outs, Dan Pidgeon doubled to the gap in left centerfield. But Moran induced Sam Gillespie to fly out to centerfield to end the threat.

The Falcons played arch-rival Warde yesterday at Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. The Falcons will play again on Monday against Stamford at 3 p.m.

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