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Niagara U Baseball faces Cornell in first showdown for 30 years



NIAGARA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS



NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – The Niagara baseball team will play a doubleheader at Cornell on Sunday, March 25 with first pitch at 12:00 p.m. This will be the teams' first meeting since 1979.


Last Time Out
  • The Purple Eagles split a four-game series with Michigan State March 15-18. The Spartans won the first game, 10-1, and the Purple Eagles won the second game, 3-2. Michigan State took the third game, 5-1, and Niagara picked up a 12-10 win in the final game of the series.


On the Field: Niagara Purple Eagles (4-10)
  • Shortstop Greg Cullen leads the Purple Eagles with 26 hits and two homeruns. He has a team-best .510 batting average, .583 on-base percentage and .725 slugging percentage.
  • Outfielder Trevor McCauley leads the Purple Eagles in runs scored with 16 and infielder Owen Dziadosleads the team in RBIs with 11.
  • On the mound, Cody Eckerson (0-1) leads the Purple Eagle pitching staff in strikeouts with 31 and he has thrown the most innings (20.1). Eckerson has held opponents to a .247 batting average and has an ERA of 4.43.
  • Ben Erwin (3-1) has the most wins on the mound for NU. He has fanned 10 batters in 14.2 innings pitched and has an ERA of 4.30.


On the Field: Cornell Big Red (1-8)
  • Outfielder Kyle Gallagher has a team-best .323 batting average. Gallagher and infielder Ryan Krainz lead the Big Red in hits with 10 each.
  • Krainz and catcher Ellis Bitar have a team-high four runs scored each and outfielder Jason Apostle leads the team in RBIs with five.
  • Seth Urbon (0-1) leads the Cornell pitching staff in strikeouts with 12. He has an ERA of 5.62.
  • Tim Willittes (0-2) has pitched the most innings for the Big Red with 17.1. He has fanned 10 batters and has an ERA of 6.75.


Up Next
  • The Purple Eagles kick of conference play with a three-game series at Fairfield March 30-31.