30 Titans in 30 Days: Brian Fay
College: Siena College
Position: Third base
Hometown: Southbury, CT
Brian Fay is excited to be a Torrington Titan, he's just hoping it lasts a little longer and goes a little better than the first time he was here.
Coming off a strong sophomore season for Siena, Fay is coming back to Torrington after a thumb injury derailed his 2012 summer season before it ever really got started.
Fay was injured in the first week of the season reaching for a low pick off throw while playing first base. He tore two ligaments in his thumb and it cost him the summer and even bothered him this past fall when back with Siena.
"It was disappointing, just one of those things I reached for the throw and I jammed my thumb into the chest of the guy coming back to first," Fay said. "It lingered into fall and winter ball too. Any time it got below 50 degrees it just throbbed."
Fay says the thumb has faded from being an issue for the past month and his production shows it this season for the Saints. He is hitting .274 with a pair of home runs and 27 RBI. Fay has 10 doubles, a triple and has scored 18 runs while helping the Saints reach the brink of the MAAC Tournament with four games left in the regular season.
After starting 40 games as a freshman, Fay has remained a big part of the Siena lineup as a sophomore. Playing almost exclusively third base, Fay has played in 45 games, including 44 starts while raising his batting average nearly .100 points from his freshman season.
"It was a bit of an adjustment coming in as a freshman, especially with the pitching," Fay said. "Experience has been a big thing this season and confidence. I am comfortable, I know what to expect, I know the guys and I am over that adjustment period."
A star at Pomperaug High in Southbury where he was an Under Armour Preseason All-American as a senior and an All-State selection, Fay is looking to work on his throwing from third and plate discipline in an effort to approach each at-bat the same. He is also looking forward to his return to the Titans and being a part of another winning team.
"We were a good team last year and it's a good organization so I just hope to bring a championship to Torrington," Fay said. "We had good support and the town and fans were behind us so I just want to win a title for the town."