FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University baseball team will open a three-game series against the Monmouth Hawks starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at noon. The two teams will conclude series play with a single game on Sunday at noon. During the Saturday twin bill, the Stags will be collecting donations for DIPG research, which aims to find information and a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Brain Cancer. This foundation is especially important to Fairfield outfielder Drew Arciuolo who recently lost a friend Danielle Kemp to the disease. Arciuolo has spearheaded this fundraiser in her memory.
MORE ABOUT DIPG: DIPG are highly aggressive tumors found at the base of the brain and are extremely difficult to treat. Fairfield will be selling merchandise and collecting donations at the game for DIPG research. For more information about DIPG or to make a donation please click here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Stags are coming off their third defeat in their last four outings as NJIT used a three-run walk-off home run to rally for a 13-12 victory over the Stags. Both teams exhibited power as a combined six home runs were hit in the contest, three from both sides. Arciuolo, Kevin Radziewicz, and Troy Scocca were the Stags to go deep in the game, helping the Stags to an 11-7 lead in the eighth inning. The top four hitters in the lineup combined for nine of the team's 13 hits and also recorded all nine RBI for the Stags.
THE HAWKS SCOUTING REPORT: The Hawks enter play with an 8-7 conference record after winning the series against Niagara two weekends ago. Monmouth possesses one of the most dangerous offenses in the conference, already blasting 37 home runs as a team with Tom Jakubowski leading the squad with eight, a number that places him second in the MAAC. Seven of their top eight hitters have recorded at least two long balls, with their leading hitter Shaine Hughes (.349 average) responsible for four.
UP NEXT: The Stags will not play in a weekday game in the upcoming week and will return to Alumni Diamond for the final series of the 2017 season when they host Marist. The Stags will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday before the doubleheader.