April 30, 2009

Baseball Hosts In-State Rival Sacred Heart For Four-Game NEC Series

Quinnipiac University (13-26, 6-10 NEC) vs.

Sacred Heart University (19-21-1, 9-6 NEC)

Friday, May 1, 2009 – 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 2, 2009 – 12 p.m. (DH)

Sunday, May 3, 2009 – 12 p.m.

In-State Match-Up

Quinnipiac will host Sacred Heart University in a four-game Northeast Conference series set to begin on Friday, May 1 at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Following their scheduled nine-inning showdown on Friday, the Bobcats and Pioneers will play a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday, May 2 at 12 p.m. followed by a single nine-inning game on Sunday, May 3 at 12 p.m. Quinnipiac is 13-26 overall and 6-10 in the Northeast Conference, good for sixth place in the NEC standings while Sacred Heart is 19-21-1 overall and 9-6 in conference place for third place.

All-Time Against Sacred Heart

Quinnipiac has won 21 of 31 meetings between the two teams at the Division I level since the 1999 season. The Bobcats has won 11 of their last 14 games against the Pioneers going back to the 2005 season.

Athlete of the Month

Quinnipiac senior pitcher Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was named the Eli's Restaurant Group/Quinnipiac Athlete of the Month for April. For the month, he was 3-0 and posted an ERA of 2.27 in four starts. Gloor was named the NEC Akadema/Pitcher of the Week on April 27 after throwing a complete-game shutout and allowing just five hits against the Knights, while striking out nine. Against Mount St. Mary's on April 4, Gloor struck out 11 batters in a no-decision.

Akadema/NEC Rookie of the Week

Freshman shortstop, and lead-off hitter, Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) was named the Akadema/NEC Rookie of the Week after he batted .421 (8-19) with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. Migani was 1-for-3 with a run scored against UConn in a 14-4 loss and posted an 0-for-4 day in the Bobcats' 1-0 win against FDU in the first game of their four-game series. He responded with three straight multiple-hit games, including a 2-for-4 showing in both ends of Quinnipiac's doubleheader on Saturday. He ended the series with a 3-for-4 day on Sunday with three RBI and a run scored in Quinnipiac' s 8-4 win.

Early Decision

At the 2008-2009 Quinnipiac Scholar-Athlete Recognition Awards on April 29, 2009, Bryn Doyle was announced as the baseball team's Most Valuable Player. Doyle was also recognized as a scholar-athlete, as he carries a grade-point average higher than 3.20. He was also chosen the Senior Class Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Doin' It With Two

Against Boston College, in a 13-10 loss, on Tuesday, April 28, Quinnipiac scored nine of their 10 runs with two outs in three separate innings, including three in the top of the 8th inning to tie the game at 10-10. As a team, the Bobcats are hitting .292 (125-428) with two outs, while 86 of their 207 runs for the year where batted-in with two outs.

Impressive Streaks

Doyle and freshman hitting-sensation Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) are neck-and-neck to see who will top Brian Monack's season-high 12 game hitting streak. Doyle has hit safely in 12 straight games, not to mention in 19 of his last 20, while Guerino has posted a hit in 11 straight games.

Hope We're Not Jinxing Him

Gloor has surrendered only one run over his previous 15.0 frames of league play. Against NEC competition, Gloor is 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA after allowing 12 runs, eight earned, on 31 hits over 31 2/3 innings pitched in four games. Gloor has also fanned 29 while walking nine.

Our Bats Like The NEC

Quinnipiac is batting .331 (173-523) in 16 Northeast Conference games this season. In additon, the Bobcats have feasted on NEC pitching to the tune of 20 homeruns, 96 RBI and 102 runs scored. In 23 non-conference games this season, Quinnipiac is hitting .242 (185-765) with 11 homeruns, 97 homeruns and 105 runs scored.

Good Weekend Jo-Po

Last week, sophomore Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) batted .350 (7-20) while leading the team with three homeruns and eight RBI in five games played. Poletsky hit his second homerun of the season in a 1-for-4 day in a 14-4 loss to Connecticut on Monday, April 20. He then bounced back with a big weekend in Northeast Conference play. Despite and 0-for-3 showing in the first game of Quinnipiac's four-game series with FDU, Poletsky had six hits in 13 at-bats over the series' final three games. On Saturday, in a 10-9 loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Knights, Poletsky was 2-for-4 with two homeruns, four RBI and two runs scored. He bounced back in the second game, which QU won 18-2, with a 3-for-5 showing featuring three RBI and two runs scored.

Coming Around

For the year, Poletsky is batting .289 (33-114) with four homeruns and a team-high 25 RBI. He has also collected six doubles and a team-best two triples while also scoring 19 runs. Poletsky is second on the team with a .482 slugging percentage while also leading the team with eight multiple-hit games.

Good Start To A Career

For the year, Migani is hitting .288 (38-132) with two homeruns, 15 RBI and 22 runs scored. He also leads the team with eight doubles while ranking second in hits with 37.

Doyle Rules

Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) currently leads Quinnipiac in hits (44) and is fourth in runs scored (19), while also chipping in with three homeruns and 20 RBI.

Big Lefty

Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was masterful in Quinnipiac's 1-0 win against Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, April 24. Gloor held the Knights scoreless through seven innings, scattering seven hits while walking two and striking out nine – his second highest strikeout total this season against a NEC team after sitting down 11 against Mount St. Mary's on April 4. Gloor improves to 5-3 on the season, while increasing his NEC-leading strikeout total to 67. The wins are an all-time personal best for Gloor, while his strikeout total leaves him one shy of his career-best 68 strikeouts in 2007 as a sophomore.

Moving Up The Charts

Gloor also moves into first place in the Bobcats' Division I history and third place all-time at Quinnipiac with 224 strikeouts.

Mr. Clutch

Doyle, a senior, has led by example, as he's hit at a .389 clip (14-36) with runners in scoring position. Doyle is also 5-for-8 with runners on third with less than two outs.

Lucky Number Seven

#7 Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) currently leads the Quinnipiac lineup with 26 runs scored while also chipping in with four homeruns, nine doubles and 19 RBI. Marmo also has a team-high 20 walks.

Atta Boy Mo

Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) hit the game-winning homerun in Quinnipiac's 1-0 win against Fairleigh Dickison on Friday. After a 1-for-3 showing with an RBI-triple in the first game of Quinnipiac doubleheader with FDU, Monack blasted two homeruns in the second half of the twinbill, driving in three runs while also collected a double and scoring three runs.

Impressive Season

For the year, Monack is batting .306 (37-121) with a team-high six homeruns and 20 RBI. He also posted a triple, seven doubles and scored 22 runs while carrying a team-best .529 slugging percentage in addition to a .388 on-base percentage.

It's Ull-Right

Junior Ryan Ullrich saw his streak of four consecutive games with multiple hits come to an end against Boston College on Tuesday. Heading into the weekend series against Central Connecticut on April 17-19, Ullrich was hitless in eight at-bats in nine games played. Since then, Ullrich has six multiple-hit outings in his last eight games played, raising his average to .310 (13-42) for the year.

Double-G

Freshman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.), currently on an 11-game hitting streak, leads Quinnipiac with a .379 (33-87) average. In addition to his two homeruns and 18 RBI, Guerino has also scored 15 runs while posting the team's second highest slugging percentage (.483) and a team-best .462 on-base percentage.

Interesting Note
Quinnipiac is 13-2 in 15 games in which their opponent has scored five or fewer runs, and 0-24 when their opponent scores six or more runs.