March 20, 2009

Baseball Faces Holy Cross In Two-Game Series This Weekend

Quinnipiac University vs. The College of the Holy Cross
Saturday, March 21, 2009 – 12 p.m.
Fitton Field – Worcester, Mass.

Sunday, March 22, 2009 – 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac Baseball Field – Hamden, Conn.

On The Air
Mike Radomski – Play-by-play
Ken Sweeten (Saturday)/Tom Butto (Sunday) - Color commentary

Bobcats Radio Network - WQAQ.com

On A Crusade

The Quinnipiac University baseball team will face the College of the Holy Cross this weekend in a two-game series. The first game will be played on Saturday, March 21 at 12 p.m. at Holy Cross' Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass. The Bobcats then host the Crusaders in their 2009 home-opener at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. on Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m. Quinnipiac's game against Fairfield, scheduled for Thursday, March 19 was postponed due to inclement weather, and has been re-scheduled for March 31 at 3:30 p.m. Alumni Diamond in Fairfield University. Through Friday, March 20, Quinnipiac stands at 2-10 overall while Holy Cross is 3-11. The Crusaders take on Yale University on Friday, March 20 before they host the Bobcats on Saturday.

Pitching Probables

Chris Gloor will take the mound against Holy Cross on Saturday, March 21 in Worcester, Mass. Gloor is currently 0-3 with an ERA of 10.05. In three starts, Gloor has allowed 16 runs (13 earned), on 16 hits while striking out 14 over 13 2/3 innings. Gloor has also appeared in one game in a relief role. He was the hard-luck loser in Quinnipiac's 7-0 loss to nationally-ranked No. 2 Georgia on Mar. 6. In that game, Gloor allowed one run in the first inning before retiring the next 11 batters he faced. He would finish the day with seven strikeouts over five innings, while allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits.

Mike Oskandy will get the start on Sunday, March 22 when Quinnipiac hosts Holy Cross in the Bobcats' home opener. Oskandy is currently 1-2 with a 4.29 ERA. In Oskandy's three starts, Oskandy has held the opposition to two or fewer earned runs. In his first start of the year, Oskandy was tagged for eight runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits over seven innings in a 7-1 loss to Maryland on Feb. 28, 2009. After taking the loss to Georgia on March 8, Oskandy bounced back with a strong performance in Quinnipiac's win against Xavier on Mar. 14. Oskandy held the Musketeers to three runs, two earned, on seven hits over eight innings.

Last Time Against Holy Cross

Andy Mayer and Gloor pitched against Holy Cross in a 7-3 win on March 22, 2008 in Worcester, Mass. Mayer picked up the win after allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits over six innings. Gloor pitched the final three innings in relief to pick up the save.

All-Time Against Holy Cross

Quinnipiac is 2-2 all-time against the College of Holy Cross, dating back to their first meeting on March 10, 1999 in Homestead, Fla. The Crusaders won that game, 12-9. After a two-year hiatus, the two teams resumed play on April 17, 2002, with Holy Cross once against winning, 9-2, in Worcester, Mass. Quinnipiac has won the last two meetings between the two teams including the first game between the two teams in Hamden, Conn., 17-5 on April 14, 2005, and last season's match-up, 7-3 in Worcester, Mass.

On The Air

Mike Radomski will have the play-by-play for both games this weekend, while Quinnipiac sports information director Ken Sweeten will have the color commentary on Saturday and Tom Butto will have the color on Sunday. The audio webcast will be available at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.

350 and 450

With wins in his last two games, Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley won his 350th game at Quinnipiac and 450th all-time. Now in his 24th year, and 18th at Quinnipiac, Gooley carries a 451-399-8 (.531) all-time record and a 350-309-7(.532) record at Quinnipiac.


Manchester United

In six games last week, Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) posted a .320 average (8-25) while post a team-high eight hits. In addition, Doyle led the team in homeruns (1), RBI (4), slugging percentage (.480) and was third in on-base percentage (.393). Doyle was 2-for-5 against College of Charleston with a grand slam that accounted for four of Quinnipiac's 10 runs in the loss. He then posted a 2-for-4 day against Duke before closing out the week with a 2-for-4 performance against Xavier in a 7-5 win.

Doyle Rules

Doyle also leads Quinnipiac through 12 games with seven RBI and seven runs scored. He also has a team-best .444 slugging percentage and a team-best .385 on-base percentage.

Big Ben

Ben Farina hit his first homerun of the season in a 10-4 loss to Duke on Wednesday night. Farina currently leads Quinnipiac in hits (14) and doubles (4).

Bobcats' Rudy

Bobak Emamian, who was used sparingly over the last two seasons as a back-up catcher has stepped into the starting left field spot for Quinnipiac. Emamian has put up solid offensive numbers thus far, hitting .295 (13-44) with two doubles, five RBI and a team-best six runs scored. Emamian also leads the team in walks (6) and on-base percentage (.385).

Lucky #13

Anes Koummal (#13) started in his first game of the season after going 0-for-3 in his first two games of the season in a substitute rule. Against College of Charleston, Koummal was 4-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. He also had a hit and RBI against Duke. Through six games - and four starts - Koummal is hitting .294 (5-17) with four RBI and three runs scored.

DUH DUH DUH...DUH DUH DUH!

His catch against Long Island in 2008 was already considered by many as the greatest defensive play in Quinnipiac history, but Brian Monack added to his collection of "Web Gems" with a spectacular catch against College of Charleston. In the 5th, Cougars' outfield Mike Mansilla - team leader in homeruns - hit a shot to deep center field. Monack sprinted with his back to the infield and made a sprawling catch. Monack also pitched the last two innings of Quinnipiac's loss to C of C, holding the Cougars scoreless one hit while striking out two. The play would land Monack on ESPN for the second time in his career with the No. 1 play on SportsCenter's Top Ten on Thursday, March 12. He was also given the No. 2 play on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Week on Sunday, March 15.