St. Augustine’s Baseball To Face Three Teams In Division II Challenge In Cary, N.C. This Weekend (March 10-11)


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Falcons To Play Friday And Saturday At USA Baseball National Training Complex


RALEIGH, NC – On Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, the Saint Augustine’s University baseball team will participate in the Division II Challenge at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The cost is $6 each day for a daily pass. 

The Falcons (8-14 overall) will play three games in the Challenge. On Friday, they take on St. Thomas Aquinas College on Field 2 at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Falcons face the College of Saint Rose at the stadium field at 11:30 p.m. and Franklin Pierce University on Field 2 at 4 p.m. 

Fans who attend the Challenge will get to see the hitting of Michael Keels (R-Sr./Manning, SC), who ranks third in the CIAA in batting average (.395). He also ranks third in the conference in steals (16). 

Keels is one of several Falcons ranked among the CIAA’s top five in their respective categories. Timothy Carter (Sr./Lumberton, NC) ranks second in RBIs (21) and is tied for third in home runs (3). Corey Brassington (Sr./Raleigh, NC) is tied for the steals lead (17). 

Among the pitchers, Marquis Johnson (Jr./Richmond, VA), Ali Nunn (Fr./Raleigh, NC) and CIAA Pitcher of the Week Rickey Rice (R-Sr./Union, SC) are tied for second in pitching victories (2). Rice leads the CIAA in strikeouts (35) and Johnson is tied for fourth (23) while Chris Ingram (Sr./Smithtown, NY) is the CIAA saves leader (2). 

St. Thomas Aquinas (3-3 overall) is led by Michael Morgan and Cris Ruiz, the team co-leaders in RBIs (7). Andrew Pedone bats .429 for Saint Rose (0-7 overall) and Tim Going leads Franklin Pierce (4-3 overall) in RBIs (6) and runs (5). 

Below is the entire Division II Challenge schedule:

(USA Baseball National Training Complex)


Friday, March 10

1 p.m. – Franklin Pierce vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Stadium Field)

1:30 p.m. – Dominican vs. St. Rose (Field 4)

5 p.m. – St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Saint Augustine’s University (Field 2)

5 p.m. – Franklin Pierce vs. Dominican (Stadium Field)

5 p.m. – St. Rose vs. Slippery Rock (Field 3)


Saturday, March 11

11:30 a.m. – Franklin Pierce vs. Slippery Rock (Field 4)

11:30 a.m. – Saint Augustine’s University vs. Saint Rose (Stadium Field)

12 p.m. – St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Dominican (Field 3)

4 p.m. – Slippery Rock vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Stadium Field)

4 p.m. – Saint Augustine’s University vs. Franklin Pierce (Field 2)


Monday, March 13

11 a.m. – Dominican vs. Slippery Rock (Stadium Field)

2:30 p.m. – Slippery Rock vs. Dominican (Stadium Field)


Tuesday, March 14

11 a.m. – Dominican vs. Slippery Rock (Stadium Field)

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