Rappaport's Six Shutout Innings Lead NJIT to 8-0 Win vs. Fairfield

Rappaport's Six Shutout Innings Lead NJIT to 8-0 Win vs. Fairfield


FAIRFIELD, CT—The NJIT baseball team shutout Fairfield in an 8-0 decision on the road, highlighted by strong pitching from starter Jake Rappaport and reliever Joe Georgini, holding the Stags to just three hits in non-conference baseball action at Alumni Diamond.

NJIT picks up its second straight win, improving to 14-23-1 overall while Fairfield, who sits in third place in the MAAC, falls to 26-18 on the year.

Sophomore lefty Rappaport (3-2) pitched a career long 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out a pair of Stag batters.  Freshman reliever Georgini closed the door, pitching the final 2.2 scoreless innings, letting up just one Fairfield single.

Sophomore 1B Nick Hussey led the Highlander offense Tuesday, finishing 3-for-5 with three RBI, two singles and one double while senior SS Justin Etts finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs.

Twin brothers David Marcano and Julio Marcano each registered a hit in the game.

NJIT scored a pair of runs in the top of the first on a two-out single through the left side by Etts, giving the Highlanders an early 2-0 lead.

The Highlanders tacked on three runs in the top of the fourth, sparked by an RBI single through the left side by Hussey, bringing home C Paul Franzoni, who led off the inning with a walk.  A Fairfield error on 3B Jared Donnelly's sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher scored two Highlanders, giving NJIT a 5-0 advantage.

In the top of the fifth, Hussey registered his second RBI single through the left side, scoring Franzoni from second, who reached on a hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on a walk to Etts.  A fielder's choice by Donnelly and heads up base running by Etts after a Fairfield throwing error pushed the Highlander lead to 7-0.

Hussey continued his hot streak in the top of the seventh, with an RBI double down the left field line, scoring Etts, who reached on a fielder's choice, giving the Highlanders a comfortable lead, 8-0.

NJIT will return to ASUN Conference play this weekend when the Highlanders visit first-time opponent North Alabama. 

The series, which will be held in Florence, Alabama will begin on Friday at 6pm (CT), Saturday at 2pm (CT) and conclude on Sunday at 10:30am (CT).  All games will be streamed live on ESPN+ platform.