Undefeated Stags Baseball Grabs National Spotlight

Undefeated Stags Baseball Grabs National Spotlight

The Stags celebrate a three-run homer by Ryan Strollo '23 in this weekend's sweep of Monmouth

Fairfield Baseball is the top-ranked team in the most recent national RPI.

The unprecedented winning streak for Fairfield Stags Baseball continued this week, as the Stags have surged to an amazing 22-0 record. The only unbeaten team in the country, Fairfield is the top-ranked team in the national RPI and has garnered attention from all around the collegiate baseball world.

The Stags leapt into the spotlight this past weekend with a four-game sweep of then-second place Monmouth. The victories moved Fairfield to 20-0, highlighted by a walk-off home run from Mike Caruso ’21 on Sunday. The video of the final out of the series made the rounds on social media with more than 23,000 Twitter views to date.

In daily updates since Sunday’s sweep, Fairfield has surpassed perennial national power Arkansas as the top-ranked team in the RPI (rating percentage index) — a formula-based metric used to help determine a team’s viability for an at-large bid to the NCAA postseason. The Stags added a doubleheader sweep at Saint Peter’s on Wednesday to move to 22-0 and solidify their place at the top. The team has been recognized by national publications including D1Baseball.com and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and received multiple votes in the April 19 USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Head Coach Bill Currier appeared on Perfect Game on the Sirius XM College Sports channel alongside hosts Daron Sutton — the secondary play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Angels — and four-time Major League All-Star and two-time World Series Champion Hunter Pence.

“We’re realistic to realize that we’re not playing the same schedule they (Arkansas) are, but from what we’re given and what we have in front of us, we’re doing pretty well,” noted Currier in a recent interview with the Connecticut Post. “And it’s not like we haven’t been in some close games; finding different ways to win is a good thing and it’s something we’re proud of.”

The Stags return to action this Friday and Saturday for four games at Manhattan College. Doubleheader action on both days begins at noon.

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Last modified: 04-23-21 9:41 AM

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