Arciuolo's Emotional Week Leads to Award
May 09, 2017
EDISON, N.J. – During a moment of silence to remember the life of former Stony Brook softball player Danielle Kemp prior to Satuday's game, Drew Arciuolo could barely stand still. A close personal friend of Kemp, Arciuolo stood in the outfield bobbing his head up and down as the memories started to once again flow back into his mind.
The junior was determined to honor her legacy and show the impact she had in his life. Arciuolo took that emotion and motivation and carried it on his sleeve, leading to the best week of his collegiate career and his first-ever weekly award. Arciuolo was named the MAAC Player of the Week after tallying a team-high .611 batting average with 10 RBI helping Fairfield to a 3-1 week.
“I felt like I had someone special helping me on the field and it really was a surreal experience that I can't put into words,” Arciuolo said. “This weekend is something I'll never forget and that I can always thank DK23 (Danielle Kemp) for.”
Arciuolo entered the week with one home run in 442 career at-bats, before blasting three in a span of eight at-bats, including his first career multi-home run game after Danni Kemp was honored. During that double header, Arciuolo tallied a hit in seven of his eight at-bats with two homers, a double, a triple, eight RBI, and five runs scored.
Arciuolo was the one who spearheaded Fairfield's Saturday fundraiser in Danni's memory by helping to create the initiative where Fairfield collected funds and donations with all proceeds going to DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) research. DIPG are highly aggressive tumors at the base of the brain that are difficult to treat. Kemp, who was also a Milford, Conn., resident along with Arciuolo, fell victim to the disease earlier this year.
At one point during the week, Arciuolo collected nine hits in 10 at-bats, which spanned three games. For the week, Arciuolo went 11-for-18 at the plate with three homers, nine runs scored, 10 RBI, and three stolen bases.
Arciuolo and the first place Stags have the chance to clinch a MAAC postseason spot for the second-straight season when they host Marist this weekend starting with a Saturday doubleheader at noon.
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