April 8, 2009

Baseball Hosts Wagner In Northeast Conference Series On Thursday And Friday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-17, 0-4 NEC) vs.

Wagner College Seahawks (11-11, 2-2 NEC)

Thursday, April 9, 2009 – 1 p.m. (DH)

Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12 p.m. (DH)

Quinnipiac Baseball Field - Hamden, Conn

On The Air

Mike Radomski –WQAQ

Bobcats Radio Network

Wag The Dog

The Quinnipiac University baseball team will host Wagner College in a four-game Northeast Conference series on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10. Thursday's game was originally scheduled for nine innings, but due to the possibility of inclement weather on Saturday, April 11, the two teams will play a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m.,with the second game scheduled for seven innings. On Friday, the two teams will finish the series with a doubleheader, a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning game, at 12 p.m. The Bobcats enter this weekend's series looking to bounce back from a four-game sweep at Mount St. Mary's and stand at 7-17 overall and 0-4 in NEC play. Wagner is currently 11-11 overall and 2-2 after their conference opening series against Central Connecticut State University last week.

On The Air

Mike Radomski will have the play-by-play for this weekend's game. The game will also feature a live video stream in addition to the live audio feed which can be found at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.

350 and 450

With wins against Michigan State and Xavier, 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 455-406-8 (.531) all-time record and a 354-316-7(.532) record at Quinnipiac.

Athlete of the Month

Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) was named the Eli's Restaurant Group/Quinnipiac March Athlete of the Month. During the month of March, Monack led Quinnipiac with a .313 average and a team high 15 hits in 13 games played. He also tied for the team lead in homeruns (2) and RBI (7). He's also scored four runs, while carrying a team-high .456 slugging percentage and a .365 on-base percentage, good for second on the team. Monack also pitched two innings against College of Charleston on March 10, holding C of C scoreless on two hits while striking out two. Monack made a spectacular catch in the game that landed him as the top play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 for the second time in his career. He was also the No. 2 play for ESPN's Plays of the Week.

***Milestone Watch***

Senior pitcher Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) picked up his 19th career win against Vermont on March 28, 2009, tying Pat Egan for the Quinnipiac Division I wins record. Mayer's next win will make him the first player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to win 20 games in a career and the fifth player all-time at Quinnipiac. The Quinnipiac record for wins in a career is held by Tom Signore ‘85, who totaled 21 victorys on the hill. Tied for second place with 20 are Pat DeMaio ‘61, Dan O'Neil ‘86 and current Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley.

Career Wins

1. Tom Signore ‘85 21

T2. Pat DeMaio ‘61 20

Dan Gooley ‘70 20

Dan O'Neil ‘86 20

T5. Pat Egan ‘07 19

Andy Mayer ‘09 19

Respect The Streak

Monack saw a team-best 12-game hitting streak end this weekend with an 0-for-3 showing against Mount St. Mary's.

The Point To Center

Bobcats manager Dan Gooley used Monack in the ninth inning of Quinnipiac's 5-3 win against Yale on Tuesday. Monack pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his second appearance of the day for the first save of his career.

Good Week

Monack led Quinnipiac last week, as he hit .286 (6-21) with two homeruns, two doubles, six RBI and four runs scored. Against Fairfield, Monack homered in a 1-for-4 showing, before he went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored on Tuesday in a 5-3 win against Yale. In that game, Monack also picked up the save after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Against Mount St. Mary's on Friday, Monack was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and an RBI double as he also scored two runs. Finally, in the last game of the week, Monack had a two-run double to account for half of Quinnipiac's runs in a 8-4 loss to the Mountaineers.

Triple Crown

For the year, Monack is hitting .308 (20-65) while leading the team in homeruns (3), RBI (12) and slugging percentage (.492).

Bird Is The Word

The Bobcats lone win of the week was a 5-3 decision against Yale in New Haven, Conn. Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) picked up the win in that game after allowing two runs on three hits in a 4 2/3 after Birdsall was scheduled to work the first four innings.

Big Lefty

Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) turned in his third consecutive 10-strikeout performance when he sat-down 11 Mount St. Mary's batters on Saturday afternoon. In his last three starts, Gloor has totaled 34 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings pitched while walking eight. In that time, Gloor's earned-run average has also come back to earth from 10.05 on 3/13/09 to 5.54 following this weekend's series against Mount St. Mary's.

Double G

In six games over the past week, freshman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) batted a team-high .375 (6-16) with his first career homerun in a 5-3 win over Yale. For the year, Guerino leads the team with a .359 (14-39) average and a .449 on-base percentage.

You Know What...You Really Are A Funny Guy!

Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) currently leads Quinnipiac in hits (24) and runs scored (13), while also chipping in with two homeruns and 11 RBI. Doyle also carries a team-best seven-game hitting streak.

Ducks On The Pond

Doyle leads Quinnipiac with a .357 average and a team-high 15 hits with runners on base. With runners in scoring position, Doyle is also hitting at a .435 (10-23) clip.

Lucky Number Seven

#7 Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) is tied with Doyle for the team lead in runs scored (13), while also contributing with a homerun, five doubles and 11 RBI. Marmo also has a team-high 11 walks

Taking The Pole

Sophomore Joe Poletsky (Greenwich, Conn.) is currently tied with Brian Monack for the team lead with 12 RBI. Poletsky leads the team with four multiple-RBI games and eight two-out RBI.

Jumbo Sized

Andrew Rinaldi pitched 5 1/3 innings in relief, allowing one run on three hits while striking out six and walking one. Against Yale, Rinaldi let-up his only run of the week on two hits while striking out four in 3 1/3 innings of work. Against Mount St. Mary's, Rinaldi gave up one hit in two innings in relief.

Table Setter

Ben Farina (Watertown, Conn.) leads Quinnipiac with a .394 (13-33) average when leading off an inning.