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2018 RECORD: 8-21; GNAC 4-10 / NCAA Tournament Appearances: 2 / GNAC Titles: 2 (1999 & 2003)

Baseball Weekly Preview: Coast Guard, Johnson & Wales & Purchase

Baseball Weekly Preview: Coast Guard, Johnson & Wales & Purchase

Last Week: The Albertus Magnus College baseball team went 1-3 last week in non-conference action, dropping both ends of a twinbill at home to Elms before splitting a doubleheader at Westfield State over the weekend. Albertus Magnus enters the week with a 6-7 overall record. Prior to the games versus Elms, the Albertus Magnus athletic department held a special opening day ceremony at the newly renovated Rochford Field. Albertus Magnus College Trustee Ray Peach and town of Hamden Development Director Dale Kroop both threw out ceremonial first pitches.

This Week: The Falcons travel to play in-state rival Coast Guard in non-conference during the week before opening conference play with a road Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) doubleheader at Johnson & Wales on Saturday. AMC closes out the week with a non-conference doubleheader at home versus Purchase on Sunday.

Match-up:
Albertus Magnus (6-7)
at Coast Guard (7-11)
Wednesday, March 30, at 3:30 pm
New London, Conn.
Nitchman Field

Live Stats: Click here (All links will become active at the start of the contest)

Scouting Coast Guard: The Bears are coming off a 4-2 conference setback to Babson yesterday and have dropped seven of their last eight games. Coast Guard has played four extra-inning contests already this spring. As a team, the Bears are hitting .262 with a .385 on-base percentage. On the mound, the Coast Guard pitchers have amassed a 5.85 ERA and struck out 107 batters. Defensively, the squad has a .943 fielding percentage and committed 38 errors in 18 games. Offensively, two Coast Guard players are hitting above .340 led by Zach Serna at .352.

Match-up:
Albertus Magnus (6-7, 0-0)
at Johnson & Wales (9-4, 0-0)
Saturday, April 2, a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 pm.
Providence, R.I.
Scotts Athletic Complex

Live Stats: Game One & Game Two (All links will become active at the start of the contest)

Live Video: Both games click here 

Last Season Versus the Wildcats: Johnson & Wales took both ends of a doubleheader on the road versus Albertus Magnus last April. JWU took game one, 9-3, and scored a 9-5 triumph in the nightcap.

Scouting Johnson & Wales: The Wildcats enter the week with a 9-4 overall record and are coming off a 3-2 home win against Keene State. Prior to hosing the Falcons on Saturday, JWU welcomes Wentworth to the Ocean State in non-conference action. As a team, they are hitting .280 to go along with a .385 on-base percentage. On the mound, Wildcat pitchers have amassed a 4.57 ERA and struck out 103 hitters in 1078 innings. Defensively, the squad has a .962 fielding percentage and has committed 19 errors in 13 games.

Match-up:
Albertus Magnus (6-7)
 vs. Purchase (5-11)
Sunday, April 3, doubleheader beginning at noon
Hamden, Conn.
Rochford, Field

Live Stats: Game One & Game Two 

Scouting Purchase: The Panthers enter the week with a 5-11 record and are in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Prior to traveling to the Constitution State on Sunday, Purchase will play five games during the week. As a team, Purchase is hitting .252. On the mound, Panther pitchers have amassed a 5.83 ERA and struck out 61 hitters in 125 innings. Defensively, they have a .962 fielding percentage and have committed 19 errors in 16 games.

Albertus Notes
- Falcon junior hurler Christopher Rivera tossed a complete game and scattered just four hits in a 1-0 setback against Elms last week. Rivera surrendered just one earned run, while retiring the side in order in the third, sixth and seventh innings. Down the stretch, the third-year righty retired the last eight batters he faced.
- Freshman shortstop Mike Browne hit .625 with a .700 on-base percentage as Albertus Magnus went 1-3 last week in non-conference action. Browne recorded two multi-hit games, three RBIs, one run scored and one stolen base. In a 1-0 setback versus Elms he registered two of the team's seven hits. He followed that up by going 1-for-2 with two walks and three RBIs in a 12-3 victory at Westfield State. Browned ended the week with a two-hit performance against the Owls. Defensively, he had a .947 fielding percentage in 19 total chances, highlighted by a career-high seven assists versus the Blazers.
- AMC is hitting .291 as a team this season with 24 extra-base hits, 10 stolen bases and 65 RBIs. Defensively, the Falcons have .939 fielding percentage and have committed 25 errors in 13 games.