FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University baseball team will have the chance to make some history during the final regular season series of the 2017 season when they make the short trip down I-95 to take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats for a three-game set starting with a doubleheader on Thursday at noon. The Stags control their own destiny for the conference's regular season title and the number one seed in next week's MAAC Championships. If the Stags were to win the upcoming series against Quinnipiac, they would clinch at least a share of the regular season title.
THE PLAYOFF PICTURE: The Stags are one of four teams along with Marist, Canisius, and Iona who have already punched their ticket to the MAAC Championships. The Stags are one game ahead of both Marist and Canisius, but do not hold the tie breaker scenario against Marist. If the Stags win the series, they will clinch a first-round bye, unless Marist sweeps Siena AND Canisius sweeps Niagara in their upcoming series. If one of those teams lose their respective series, the Stags will need just one victory over the weekend for a first round bye in the Championships.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN: The Stags have already made history in clinching a spot in the MAAC Tournament for the second-straight season, the first time in program history they have accomplished this feat. The Stags will now enter tournament play for the fourth time in the six seasons under Bill Currier, and just the fifth time since the conference has been comprised of one division in 2000. The Stags will be looking for their third regular season title in program history, something they have done in 1993 and 2016.
THE BOBCATS SCOUTING REPORT: The Bobcats are one of six teams still fighting for a spot in the MAAC Postseason as they stand with a 10-11 conference mark. Matthew Batten, who became Quinnipiac's all-time hits leader, leads the team with a .311 batting average, the only Bobcat with an average over .300. The power hitter for the Bobcats, Liam Scafariello is currently tied for 14th nationally with his conference leading 16 home runs. On the pitching side, Quinnipiac will throw Chris Enns, Taylor Luciani, and Robbie Hitt in the series. Enns has been a part of the weekend rotation since April 9 and holds a 3-1 record with a 1.46 ERA since that date.
UP NEXT: The Stags will travel to Niagara Falls, N.Y., to defend their crown in the 2017 MAAC Championships. Date and time of the first Fairfield game is still to be determined.