Bulldogs Ohio bound for Spring Break trip



The Bulldogs begin their eight-game spring break trip this weekend with four games at the Dayton/Wright State Classic in Dayton, Ohio. Bryant opens against the Raiders on Friday, faces host Dayton in a doubleheader on Saturday and closes out competition on Sunday with a single game against Bradley.

Bryant has played just one of the three teams it will play this weekend, Wright State. The Bulldogs defeated the Raiders, 2-0, last season in the season-opening tournament in Cary, N.C. Bryant will be facing Dayton and Bradley for the first time in school history.

Wright State is off to a 3-6 start to the season but they its has played a very tough schedule to start. The Raiders played a three-game series at Clemson before traveling to 12th-ranked UCLA this past weekend for a three-game series. They had started the year with three-straight victories, including a 5-1 win over Dayton. Mark Fowler currently leads the team with a .452 average and six stolen bases, while Sam Picchiotti is hitting .389 with a team-high eight RBI. As a team, the Raiders are hitting .256. On the mound, Taylor Braun has been the most productive starter, posting a 3.78 ERA over 16.2 innings. Casey Henn has posted a 1-2 record and a team-leading 12 strikeouts. The Raiders have a 4.80 team ERA and teams are hitting .244 against them.

The Flyers, the defending A-10 champs, are off to a 3-5-1 start on the year and are coming off a 1-2 weekend in Spartanburg, S.C., defeating Wofford, 5-4. Ian Hundley is hitting .324 with 10 stolen bases and five runs scored. Jared Broughton has posted a team-high six RBI for the Flyers who are hitting .221 as a team. On the mound, Denton Sagerman is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four relief appearances and Noah Buettgen has walked just two in 19.1 innings. Dayton's team ERA currently sits at 4.66.

Bradley is off to a 3-8 start to the season after going 1-3 at the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., this past weekend. The Braves lone win came against Hawai'i, 6-5. They've also split a four-game series with Lipscomb and Ball State. Greg Partyka currently leads the offense with a .450 average, five doubles, a home run and 13 RBI. Brady Willkin has two of the Braves' six home runs on the year. The Braves have struggled on the mound as they sport a 8.61 team ERA entering the weekend. Brent Stong is 2-1 in three relief appearances on the season.
Winless through their first seven games (0-6-1), the Bulldogs are off to their worst start since the 2010 team lost its first six games. Bryant has been in almost every game this year, however, dropping three one-run games and two others by five runs or less. In fact, Bryant has held opponents to five runs or less in all but two games this season.

With a one-out single to right field on Friday against Oregon State, senior Kevin Brown became the newest member of the 200-hit club at Bryant. He is the 15th player in school history to accomplish the feat and just the second (Jamie Skagerlind) to do it at the Division I level. He followed with four more hits on Friday and is now tied with Skagerlind for the most hits at the DI level with 204.