FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The most important part of the Fairfield University baseball schedule will begin on Friday as the squad begins the defense of their conference title when they open up MAAC play with Rider. The three-game series will begin with a single game on Friday at 3:30pm, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Stags won their first series of the season as they took two out of three against the reigning Atlantic Sun Champions Stetson to close out their Florida trip. Gavin Wallacewas once again the key to Fairfield’s success as the junior right-hander tossed his first career nine-inning complete game shutout to take the middle game of the series. Wallace’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he was tabbed the MAAC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. On the other side of the ledger, Kevin Radziewiczled the team by hitting an even .500 in the Stetson series (6-for-12) while Troy Scoccahad his best series of the spring and also blasted the first home run for the team this year.
THE BRONCS SCOUTING REPORT: The Broncs enter the first conference weekend of the year with a 7-10 record, but have posted several impressive wins, including one against Big Ten member Rutgers in their outing. The Broncs also won a series against SEC school Georgia to begin their annual spring trip. Rider is led by their ace Nick Margevicius who is holding an unblemished 2-0 record to support his 2.25 ERA. Offensively, the Broncs are led by last year’s team MVP Lee Lipinski, who leads the team in average (.359), slugging (.538), and on base percentage (.440).
UP NEXT: After the three-game series, the Stags will try and attempt again to open up their home slate when they welcome Connecticut to the newly renovated Alumni Diamond on Wednesday at 3pm.