FAIRFIELD, Conn. – With the predicted forecast, the Fairfield baseball team has postponed their Saturday doubleheader against Marist to Sunday at noon. Also, wIth the schedule change, the Friends of Baseball event has been cancelled. Before that doubleheader, the Stags will honor the senior class in their annual Senior Day.
The Class of 2017 has seen many milestones during their four-year stay in Stags Country. The eight members have led the Stags to 108 victories, already the most during any four-year stretch in program history. And of course they were part of the main core that brought Fairfield baseball into the NCAA Regionals for the first-time ever.
This weekend is a time to remember those accomplishments as the senior class will suit up for their final series at Alumni Diamond when the first-place Stags hosts second place Marist for a three-game series. The Stags and the Red Foxes will play a doubleheader on Mother's Day and conclude the series with a single game on Monday at noon. The program will host their annual Senior Day festivities before playing their doubleheader.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Stags completed their third sweep of the season as they took all three games from the visiting Monmouth Hawks last weekend. Drew Arciuolo was at the forefront of the offensive attack, with eight hits in the series, including his first career multi-home run game in the opener. His .667 batting average and eight RBI helped him to be named the MAAC Player of the Week for the first time in his career. The Stags saw some excitement during the series, with no situation more nail biting than Mike Bonaiuto getting the final two outs with a game-ending 4-6-3 double play with the game-tying run at third base.
TRYING FOR A PLAYOFF SPOT: With one victory in their final six games, the Stags will clinch a spot in the MAAC Championship Tournament for the second-straight season and the third time in the last four seasons. Before this recent stretch, Fairfield had reached the MAAC Tournament just twice since 2000. In the six years under Head Coach Bill Currier, this would be the fourth time the Stags have reached the postseason.
THE RED FOXES SCOUTING REPORT: Marist enters the weekend with a 12-6 conference record, a number that ties then for second in the league with Canisius. Marist is one of the best pitching teams in the conference with a 4.15 team ERA, after allowing five total runs in their last series with Rider. Scott Boches has the lowest ERA among starters with a 2.86 average and Charlie Jerla has recorded a 7-1 record in his nine starts. Offensively, Marist is a team that likes to manufacture runs, recording 91 stolen bases on the season and five players have swiped 10 or more bags. Last season's freshman All-American Frankie Gregoire leads the team with eight home runs and a .487 slugging percentage.
UP NEXT: The Stags will play in one midweek game at UMass on Tuesday at 2pm.