By John Cirillo
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The Fairfield University athletic community is buzzing, thanks to “Currier and Hives.”
Skipper and MAAC Coach of the Year Bill Currier and the MAAC tournament champion Stags baseball team embark on their first ever appearance in the NCAA regionals this afternoon (Friday), with first pitch against host Texas Tech in Lubbock at 3:00 PM. Tune into ESPN3 to watch a piece of Fairfield history unfold.
Fairfield alumni, boosters, athletic department cohorts, Currier’s fellow coaches, and of course the player’s families, and the university at large hope that there’s a Stags stinger or two left to thwart the #5 ranked Red Raiders, and spirits are buoyed by the possibility.
Here are links for more information on the Lubbock regional to tickle your fancy, followed by a sampling of the excitement from the Twitter-sphere, and a few key player profiles:
Lubbock Regional Preview – BaseballAmerica.com
From the Twitter-Sphere:
@mattstags11: Go Stags!!! #shocktheworld
@Stagophile: can’t wait–historic day for Stags Baseball–very proud!
@gigicrispin liked your Tweet May 25:
Big Mac attack, son of Knicks voice, leads Fairfield into MAAC baseball tourney
@suecorbett liked your Tweet May 28:
Fairfield trounces Siena, 18-2, to win MAAC baseball championship, berth to NCAA Regionals. Stags’ Salpietro MVP.
@coachcleary and @Stagophile Retweeted you May 29:
Fairfield’s Currier & hives: foes scratching heads: MAAC champs en route to NCAA Regionals.
WFAN Radio’s Mike McCann, whose daughter is a Fairfield alumnae: @MikeMcCannRadio Thanks for sending the note Sunday… I mentioned Fairfield’s conference title that morning.
Jake the Quake, Rad-Z, Wally-Ball, Mac the Knife and more:
The Fairfield offense is led by “Jake the Snake”: senior outfielder Jake Salpietro, the MVP of the MAAC Tournament, added a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week award winner from College Baseball News.
All-MAAC tournament team honorees bolster the lineup: Rad-Z: catcher Kevin Radziewicz continued his torrid hitting with four hits and five RBI, and selection to the All-Tournament team with a .600 batting average; Get-hings Right: freshman Jack Gethings (.500 average); Drew Can-Do: Drew Arciuolo (.417 average and five runs scored); Conti-Spumante: Michael Conti (.333 average and four RBI).
Mac the Knife: The clutch-hitting captain Mac Crispino was riding a six-for-nine hot streak at the plate, and was Fairfield’s Mr. Clutch again against Manhattan on Wednesday, lining an RBI single to give Fairfield a 2-1 lead, and the Stags never looked back.
La Vita Scocca: Fairfield added to the lead in the seventh stanza when DH deluxe Troy Scocca launched his fifth home run of the season to put Fairfield in front, 3-1, en route to the 5-2 win in the opener.
Wally-Ball: The Stags had played “Wally Ball” for the eighth time in that contest when sophomore hurler Gavin Wallace became the first Fairfield pitcher in 16 years to win eight games in a season, matching the program record.
Home Plate Detective: Brendan Tracy, who has had the flair for the dramatic the last week, launched his third home run of the season to give Fairfield an 8-2 lead in the Siena slaughter.