Courtesy: Fairfield University

Stags Travel to Western New York For Series With Niagara

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 27, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – With one more victory, the Stags will have the most successful month in program history, and they will have three tries to get this distinction. The Fairfield University baseball team will travel to Western New York, the site of the 2017 MAAC Championships, when they take on the Niagara Purple Eagles for a three-game series that begins Friday at 3pm. The series will conclude with a doubleheader on Saturday at noon. The Stags own a 16-3 in the month of April, tying for the most wins in any month in program history (the 2014 Stags also earned 16 wins in April).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Freshman Dan Ryan had the best game of his collegiate career, and probably one he will remember for a long time. The rookie had a big hand in Fairfield's first-ever sweep against Stony Brook, singling in the game-winning hit in the 11th inning in Game One's 2-1 Fairfield victory, and then throwing the potential tying run out at home to end an 1-0 victory. Ryan was not the only rookie to have an impact in the game, as Dylan Reynolds doubled home the only run in the finale. Eight Fairfield pitchers combined to allow only a first inning unearned run before throwing over 17 scoreless innings. Austin Pope and David Sacco were the starters in the contests, with Pope going five innings in the opener and Sacco tossing three scoreless in the finale.

INSIDE THE STATS: The Stags have a couple of players looking to add on to their hitting streaks, with Tim Zeng currently the team leader, supporting a 10 game hitting streak. That streak is the second longest of the season for the Stags as Mac Crispino held a 13 game hitting streak earlier this year. Zeng also has reached base in 11-straight games, the most one the team with Tyler Gambardella second on the squad with nine-straight contests.

THE PURPLE EAGLES SCOUTING REPORT: Although the record shows that Niagara is 8-7 in the MAAC, make no mistake this will be a big challenge for the Stags. The Purple Eagles have shown their capability this year as they hold a victory over then No. 12 Virginia earlier this season. The Purple Eagles have one of the best pitching staffs in the conference with Matthew Brash, Daniel Procopio, and Cody Eckerson all hold ERAs under 3.00 and are a combined 14-3 on the season. Offensively, Tanner Kirwer is the team's biggest dual threat as he is second on the team with a .321 average and leads the conference with 17 stolen bases.

UP NEXT: The Stags will hit the road for one midweek game next week when they take on NJIT on Tuesday, May 2 at 5pm.

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