FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University baseball team will have another test in the beginning stages of the 2017 campaign, and this could be one of the biggest tests they will face all year. The Stags will travel to Richmond, Va., to take on the VCU Rams, a squad that was tabbed second in the Atlantic-10 Preseason Poll. The three game series will begin Friday at 3pm followed by a 2pm start on Saturday and the finale coming on Sunday at 1pm.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Stags earned an impressive series split to open up the 2017 season against the Lamar Cardinals out of the Southland Conference. Gavin Wallacedominated the Cardinals bats in the finale as the junior tied a career-high with eight innings pitched while striking out six without walking a batter. For his efforts, Wallace earned the MAAC Pitcher of the Week award for the second time in his career. Offensively, the Stags were led by a trio of players who picked up six hits in the first series of the year. Jack Gethings, Kevin Radziewicz, and Michael Contiall managed six base knocks, with Gethings picking up his first career five-hit game in the second game.
THE RAMS SCOUTING REPORT: The Stags and the Rams will be meeting for the first time since the 2010 season, when the team split the first four game series of the year. This season, the Rams were picked to finish second in the Atlantic-10 Preseason Poll for the second-straight season. The Rams will throw two of their weekend starters in the series, with junior Sean Thompson opening up the series. Thompson has earned a 7-2 record in the last two years combined and will be making his third start of 2017, where he has held his opponents to a .121 batting average. In the pen, the Rams hold the NCAA saves leader of last season in All-American Sam Donko who has one save and a 1.93 ERA this year. Offensively, the Rams return Darian Carpenter and Logan Farrar who were on top of most team statistics last year.
UP NEXT: The Stags will embark on their southern trip when they start a weeklong stay in Florida, beginning with a three-game series against Penn at Port St. Lucie. The first pitch of Saturday’s double header will be at noon.