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Monday, May 08, 2017

NU baseball to host UB

All WNY News     Monday, May 08, 2017    

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS




NIAGARA UNIV. -- The Purple Eagles baseball team hosts the Buffalo Bulls for a single game on Tuesday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m.

Last Time Out
  • The Purple Eagles split a series with the Lafayette Leopards May 6-7. The Leopards won the first game, 8-7, in extra innings and Niagara earned a dominant 14-5 in game two.

On the Field: Niagara Purple Eagles (21-19)
  • Sophomore Greg Cullen leads the Purple Eagles at the plate with 56 hits. He is batting .361. He also has 29 RBI and 25 runs scored.
  • Junior outfielder Tanner Kirwer leads the team in runs scored with 40, doubles with 19 and stolen bases with 17.
  • Peter Battaglia, the freshman first baseman, has a team-high 42 RBI and he and Joel Brophy lead the team in homeruns with three each.
  • On the mound, redshirt-junior Cody Eckerson (4-2) has struck out 40 batters in 45.0 innings pitched. His 2.00 ERA is the best of Niagara's starting pitching rotation.
  • Freshman Matthew Brash (5-0) remains undefeated on the mound. He has fanned 55 in 65.0 innings pitched.
  • Daniel Procopio (6-2) leads the pitching staff in strikeouts with 66 and he has held opposing batters to an impressive .189 average.

On the Field: Buffalo Bulls (16-27)
  • Redshirt-junior infielder Ben Haefner leads the Bulls with 32 runs scored and 54 hits.
  • Vinny Mallaro, a senior outfielder, has a team-high 46 RBI, 12 doubles and seven homeruns.
  • Junior Shawn Dublin (5-2) leads the Buffalo pitching staff with 61 strikeouts in 60.0 innings pitched. He has an ERA of 5.10.
  • Junior Charlie Sobieraski (2-8) has pitched a staff-high 64.2 innings and has fanned 49.

Up Next
  • The Purple Eagles host their final home series of the regular season when they welcome the Siena Saints to Bobo Field May 11-12. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 and a single game starting at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12. The team's graduating seniors will be honored before Friday's game.

Stay connected with the Purple Eagles through social media. Follow Niagara Athletics on Twitter @NUPurpleEagles and @NiagaraBASE. Check in with the Purple Eagles on Facebook/PurpleEagles and on Instagram @NUPurpleEagles.

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