DELAND, Fla. – The Fairfield University baseball team will complete their weeklong stay in Florida when they travel to Deland to take on the reigning conference champions of the Atlantic Sun in the Stetson Hatters. This series will be the second-straight for the Stags against a team who won their conference championship last year as the Stags are coming off a two-game series against reigning MEAC champions Bethune-Cookman. The three-game series will begin on Friday at 6:30pm with the middle game on Saturday at 2pm and then the series finale on Sunday at noon.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Stags lost both of their games to the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman, dropping the contests 9-5 and 7-5. As the score indicates, the second game was the closest for the Stags who held a 5-3 lead going into the eighth inning before the Wildcats connected on a three-run homer with two outs to decide the game. Michael Contiwas the team’s leading hitter in the two-game series, recording a .429 batting average with two RBI. Jack Gethingsand Drew Arciuoloboth drove in three runs apiece, with Gethings bringing his team leading number to eight.
THE HATTERS SCOUTING REPORT: Stetson was the Cinderella team of the Atlantic Sun tournament last season winning the title as the number six seed, their first championship since 2006. The Hatters would go on to Miami in the Coral Gables Regional and fell to the host Hurricanes in a close 4-2 affair. Stetson is off to a 7-12 start in their 100th season of baseball after dropping their last two to Florida International. The Stags will see the ace of their staff in junior captain Brooks Wilson who has a 3.12 ERA this year. Fairfield will also see one of the rising pitchers on the staff in sophomore flamethrower Logan Gilbert who leads the staff with a 2.28 ERA to go with an unblemished 2-0 record. Freshman Austin Bogart has led the Hatters offense in his first two weeks as a collegiate athlete. His four home runs and 15 RBI leads the squad while his .311 batting average places second.
UP NEXT: For the first time this season, Fairfield will return home to open up play in the renovated Alumni Diamond against nationally ranked St. John’s on Tuesday at 3pm.