Monday, September 16, 2019

Former Eagle, now Bulldog, has good season

Sean Fitzgerald, a 2009 graduate of Vienna High School, is continuing his academic and athletic career at Benedictine University, located in Springfield. He is a member of the 25 man Bulldogs baseball team, which recently completed their 2012 season.

Following high school, Sean attended Shawnee College and played baseball for two years.

While with the Saints, he played third base, right field, and pitched. During his sophomore year, he helped Shawnee get their first regional victory in 20 years with a strong, eight-inning performance on the mound against Lincoln College.

After graduating from Shawnee, Sean enrolled at Benedictine last fall as a junior. The Bulldogs are an NAIA school and compete in the American Midwest Conference. They play their home games at Robin Roberts Stadium in Springfield, while the majority of their away conference games are in Arkansas and Missouri. Their season began in late February with a game in Kentucky, under winter-like conditions. In March, the team traveled to Chandler, Arizona, where they played 10 games in six days. Benedictine finished the season with a 31-25 overall record, 12-12 in the conference.

This season Sean was a member of the Bulldogs’ pitching staff and primarily was used as the team’s closer.” He appeared in 16 games with a total of 17.2 innings pitched and picked up three saves. His coaches have told him that next season he will continue to pitch, but will also get more playing time in the outfield.

Sean likes it at Benedictine and is happy to be able to keep playing baseball. He would prefer to be a starter, but likes the idea of being called on to get the last three outs of the game. He said, “I like playing baseball and I like my degree I’m going into.” He is majoring in business and operational management and is on track to graduate next May.

Sean is the son of Tracy and Amy Fitzgerald of Vienna.

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