March 23, 2009

Baseball Heads To West Point, N.Y. On Tuesday To Take On Army

Quinnipiac Bobcats (3-11) at

Army Black Knights (6-8)

March 24, 2009 – 3 p.m.

Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field – West Point, N.Y.

On The Air

Justin Cohen, WQAQ.com

All Points West

The Quinnipiac University baseball team will travel to West Point, N.Y. to take on the Black Knights of Army in a non-conference game set for 3 p.m. from Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field. Quinnipiac is currently 3-11 overall while Army hosts the Bobcats in their first home game of the season at 6-8.

Pitching Probables

Todd DeFrancesco will take the mound for Quinnipiac when they face the Black Knights on Tuesday. DeFrancesco's only other appearance of the season came on March 11 against Duke in a 10-4 loss. DeFrancesco held the Blue Devils to four runs, only one of which was earned, over 4 2/3 innings while scattering three hits.

Last Time Against Army

In their last meeting, on March 25, 2008, Tyler Brett held Army to one run on five hits over six innings pitched, while striking out five, as Quinnipiac defeated the Black Knights, 5-2, in West Point, N.Y. Joe Poletsky was 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored, while Michael Marmo drove in two runs for thge Bobcats. Quinnipiac turned five double plays behind solid pitching. Joe Duffy relieved Brett, pitching three strong innings for the save.

On The Air

Justin Cohen will have the play-by-play for Tuesday afternoon's game from West Point. 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 19th at Quinnipiac, Gooley carries a 452-400-8 (.531) all-time record and a 351-310-7(.532) record at Quinnipiac.

Lucky #7

Marmo (#7) batted a team-high .429 (3-7) in two games for Quinnipiac this past weekend. The Bobcats split a two-day series with Holy Cross, winning the first game, 7-3, in Worcester, Mass. In that game, Marmo was 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a run scored. Marmo's RBI double in second inning put the Bobcats out in front, 2-0, before coming around to score to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead. On Sunday, in the Bobcats' home opener against the Crusaders, Marmo was 2-for-4 and drove in Quinnipiac's only run in a 3-1 loss. For the season, Marmo is batting .250 (12-48) while leading Quinnipiac with eight RBI in 13 games. He has collected three doubles and scored six runs. His .345 on-base percentage is fourth on the team.


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 (15) and doubles (5).

Gloor From Bay Shore

In the Bobcats' 7-3 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, March 21 in Worcester, Mass., senior left-handed pitcher Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) picked up his first win of the season after hurling perhaps the best game of his career. Against the Crusaders, Gloor went the distance, striking out a career-high 13 batters while giving up three runs on six hits. Gloor gave an early run in first inning, but settled in and retired the next 11 batters heading into the fifth inning. After allowing Holy Cross to tie the game, Gloor shut down the Crusaders' bats over the final three innings. In the ninth, Gloor pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to pick up the victory. For the year, Gloor is 1-3 in five appearances, with four starts. He has allowed 22 runs (19 earned) over 23 1/3 while striking out a team-high 28 batters.