Zak Palmer and Morgan Roche Named Quinnipiac's May Athletes of the Month

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac baseball sophomore Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) and outdoor track senior Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) have been named Quinnipiac’s May Athletes of the Month, as announced by the Department of Athletics and Recreation on May 16, 2012.

Palmer was named the Northeast Conference player of the week on May 8, 2012 after leading Quinnipiac with a .714 (10-14) batting average in the Bobcats’ four-game series against LIU Brooklyn, which were also Quinnipiac’s only games for the month. Palmer’s second weekly honor from the conference came after he tallied a double, home run, seven RBI and three runs scored. On Saturday, May 6, Palmer was 3-for-6 in the first doubleheader of the two-day series. Over the final three games of the series, Palmer recorded a base hit in eight straight at-bats, while on the second day alone, Palmer was 7-for-8, recording a hit in his first seven at-bats of the afternoon. In the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, a 13-4 win for Quinnipiac, Palmer was 3-for-3 with a RBI double and a two-run home run while also scoring three runs. In the second game of the doubleheader, he was 4-for-5 with three RBI. Palmer finished the year batting .342 (54-158) while leading the team in hits and tied for the team lead with 22 RBI. Against the NEC, Palmer batted .417 (45-108) with 20 RBI and 21 runs scored.

Roche captured the Northeast Conference title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2012 NEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 6. On the previous day, Roche was one of four Bobcats to lead Quinnipiac to a third-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay at the 2012 NEC Outdoor Championships on May 5. Together, the group posted a time of 9:19.71. She then went on to set a new program record with a time of 10:56.01 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, good for a 13th-place finish at the ECAC Championships on May 11.

Other candidates for Quinnipiac’s month award included men’s lacrosse junior Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) and softball freshman Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.).