Chad Gallagher is a redshirt junior from Southboro, Mass. The left-hander posted a 6-2 record a season ago in 14 starts with a 4.58 ERA. He led the Red Foxes in victories and starts. Marist won all eight of his conference starts. Gallagher walked 20 and fanned 38 in 74.2 innings. He made 12 appearances in 2009, all out of the bullpen. He did not pitch in 2008. Gallagher is a Communications major.



Kyle Putnam is a senior from New Windsor, N.Y. The right-hander was 4-4 in 14 starts in 2010 with a 5.84 ERA. He led the staff with 81.2 innings. Putnam was Second Team All-MAAC as a sophomore, going 4-4 with one save and a 4.08 ERA. He tossed three complete games. During his first three years with the Red Foxes, Putnam has struck out 103 and walked 47 in 187.2 innings.


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Feb. 25, 2011

Heading South to Start the Season


There really is nothing like opening weekend in the college baseball season. 


No matter what part of the country you’re from, opening weekend gives every team hope and optimism for the upcoming season. Teams like us, from the Northeast, have been buried under snow for months now and have not seen a field since the end of fall practice, the beauty of being a Northeast baseball player. 


Last Wednesday we concluded our final preparations before boarding a bus headed for Johnson City, Tenn., to face the ETSU Bucs.


We started our trip early Thursday morning boarding the bus just before 5 a.m. and made a pit stop at James Madison University, where we would have our first outdoor practice since October. We almost forgot what it felt like to be outside in warm weather on an actual baseball field. Our coaches have done an excellent job in preparing us through all our indoor workouts that you couldn’t even tell it was our first day out on the field. 


After some brief defense and batting practice, it was back on the bus for seven more hours.


We arrived in Johnson City just before 7 p.m., in time to grab dinner and head to sleep before our first game of the 2011 season.


It seemed so long since the last time we had a game, but it was great to be back on the diamond.  We ended up taking the middle of the three-game set and left Tennessee holding a 1-2 record.  Not what we wanted coming into the weekend, but for being on a field for the first time in over three months, there were a lot of positives to take away from the weekend.


Let us tell you firsthand there is nothing worse than coming from 60-degree weather back to 6 inches of snow. From on a beautiful field in Tennessee back to a gym floor, the anticipation for this weekend is higher than ever.  After correcting some mistakes made in the first weekend and improving on the things we did well, we have some high expectations for the upcoming weekend in Wilmington, N.C. 


Hopefully the sun will be shining in New York while we’re gone so some of the snow will melt, but in the meantime we have three games to compete in. We will check back in next week, hopefully not with more snow.


(photos courtesy of Marist Media Relations Office)