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Bryant closes regular season at Sacred Heart

Cynthia Herrick Photography
Cynthia Herrick Photography

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University baseball team travels to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to wrap up the regular season with a three-game series against Sacred Heart.     

The Particulars
Opponent: Sacred Heart
Location: Veterans Memorial Park (Bridgeport, Conn.)
Date and Time: May 16 – 3:00 p.m. | May 17 – 1:00 p.m. | May 18 – 1:00 p.m.
Watch: None
Live Stats: Thursday | Friday | Saturday
Game Notes: Bryant
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Pitching Probables
ThursdaySteve Theetge (7-2, 2.20) vs. Baylor Sundahl (1-4, 7.00)
FridayTyler Mattison (8-1, 3.58) vs. Ryan LaMay (3-4, 5.16)
SaturdayNathan Wrighter (3-1, 3.11) vs. Matt Aufiero (2-0, 4.76)

Bryant will go with the same rotation for the second-straight week. Senior Steve Theetge (Syracuse, N.Y.) enters as the NEC leader in ERA and strikeouts (79), while sophomore Tyler Mattison (Fort Ann, N.Y.) is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in seven NEC starts. Senior Nathan Wrighter (Windsor, N.Y.) will make his third start of the year on Saturday after tossing four innings last week vs. LIU Brooklyn.

Series History

  • Bryant holds a 29-16 lead in 45 career meetings with Sacred Heart at the Division I level.
  • The Bulldogs won 3-of-4 against Sacred Heart last season in Smithfield.
  • Bryant and Sacred Heart have formed one of the NEC's premier rivalries after meeting in the NEC Championship round in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Bulldog Notes and Notables

  • Bryant enters the weekend at 36-17 following a midweek loss to UMass Lowell on Tuesday.
  • The Bulldogs are 17-4 in NEC play and have wrapped up the No. 1 seed for next weeks NEC Tournament.
  • With one win, Bryant would claim the NEC Regular-Season title outright.
  • Bryant leads the conference in nearly every offensive category in NEC-only contests. The Bulldogs are hitting .324 with a .528 slugging percentage and a .418 OBP.
  • Bryant also leads the NEC in ERA (2.90), opposing batting average (.235) and strikeouts (180).
  • Junior Chris Wright (Cumberland, R.I.) has reached safely in 41-straight games, tied for the seventh-longest streak in the country. It is the second-longest in DI program history (Robby Rinn – 50).
  • Senior Nick Angelini (Bedford, N.H.) leads Bryant with a .407 average in NEC-only games. He's posted five doubles, four home runs, 22 RBI and 22 runs scored in 21 games.
  • Angelini is also one of four Bulldogs that have posted 100+ total bases this season.  

Scouting the Pioneers

  • Sacred Heart enters the weekend at 18-30-1 overall and 10-11 in NEC play.
  • The Pioneers are currently in third place in the NEC standings, one game up on LIU Brooklyn and Fairleigh Dickinson.
  • SHU is hitting .265 as a team and have posted a team ERA of 6.63.
  • Jake Frasca leads the team with a .348 average, 13 doubles and 28 RBI.
  • Justin Jordan leads the NEC in NEC-only batting average at .423.

Up Next

Bryant heads to Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Connecticut, for the 2019 NEC Baseball Championships Memorial Day weekend.