FAIRFIELD, Conn. – With the snow flurries hitting the ground in the Northeast, the Fairfield University baseball team has their heads set on sunnier skies ahead. The squad will travel to the state of Florida for a week filled with eight games, beginning with a three game series in Port St. Lucie against the Penn Quakers on Saturday. The two teams will open up the series with a double header on Saturday at 11am, followed by a single game Sunday at 10am. The Sunday finale will take place on Tradition Field, the spring training home of the New York Mets.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Stags are coming off three-straight one-run losses to Atlantic-10 member VCU last weekend. The bats for Fairfield were solid, spreading across 27 hits in the series including three-hit games from: Tyler Gambardella, Kevin Radziewicz, Troy Scocca, and Drew Arciuolo. Fairfield held a lead in each game of the series but could not put the Rams away. It took 13 innings for the Rams to notch a victory in the middle game as Peter Hornand Mike Bonaiutocombined to allow just two runs over the final nine innings of the game. Gavin Wallacefollowed his MAAC Pitcher of the Week performance with his second-straight eight inning showing, striking out six and allowing a pair of runs.
THE QUAKER SCOUTING REPORT: The Quakers are still looking for their first victory of the 2017 season after dropping the first six contests, with all the games taking place in Florida. Regardless of the early record, Penn is an experienced team who returns four Ivy League selections from last season, and five pitchers who were ranked in the top-20 in the Ivy League in ERA. The biggest threat in their lineup is the reigning unanimous Player of the Year in the Ivy League in senior co-captain Tim Graul. The East Greenwich, Conn., native had a breakout campaign in 2016, leading the nation in doubles (21), while being tops in the conference in hits (59), home runs (8), and RBI (35).
UP NEXT: The Stags will stay in the Sunshine State and make the trip to Daytona Beach for a two-game series against Bethune-Cookman beginning on Tuesday.