May 7, 2009

Baseball To Honor Seven Seniors This Weekend When Monmouth Comes To Town

Quinnipiac University (14-29, 7-13 NEC) vs.

Monmouth University (24-19, 11-7 NEC)

Friday, May 8, 2009 – 12 PM Doubleheader

Saturday, May 9, 2009 – 12 PM Doubleheader

Quinnipiac Baseball Field – Hamden, Conn.

The Hawks Are Hovering

Quinnipiac will host its final Northeast Conference series this weekend when Monmouth University comes into town on May 8-9. Quinnipiac and Monmouth will play a pair of doubleheaders, both scheduled for 12 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Quinnipiac enters the game with a conference record of 7-13 while Monmouth stands at 11-7 in NEC play.

Senior Day

On Saturday, May 8, Quinnipiac will honor seven senior baseball players who will be playing their final games at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field. Those honored include: Bryn Doyle, Joe Duffy, Bobak Emamian, Chris Gloor, Andrew Mayer, Mike Marmo and Mike Oskandy.

Doyle Flush

Senior Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) had a successful week despite Quinnipiac's 1-4 record. The senior infielder, who was honored as Quinnipiac Athletics Male Senior Scholar Athlete and named the baseball team's Most Valuable Player on Wednesday, April 29 at the 2008-09 Quinnipiac Scholar Athletes Recognition Awards, batted .421 (8-19) while leading Quinnipiac in hits (8), RBI (6), doubles (2) while also slugging at a .526 clip and posting a .478 on-base percentage. On Tuesday, April 28, in a 13-10 loss to Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Doyle was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. In Quinnipiac's 10-3 win against NEC in-state rival Sacred Heart, Doyle was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. He had another multiple-hit game in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Pioneers (2-for-4) with two runs scored. Doyle had a hit in the second game, to go along with an RBI and a run scored while he also drove in a run in the fourth and final game of the series.

All Good Things Do Come To An End

Doyle saw his team-, season-high hitting streak of 15 games end on Sunday, May 3.

Pretty Good Year

For the year, Doyle is hitting .320 (49-153) with three homeruns and 24 RBI. He has also collected seven doubles and scored 22 runs while carrying a .409 on-base percentage, good for second on the team.

Migs

Freshman Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.), named the Akadema/NEC Rookie of the Week on April 27, batted .364 (8-22) last week while leading Quinnipiac in hits (8), homeruns (2), runs scored (8) and slugging percentage (.682), all out of the lead-off spot in the Bobcats' lineup. Against Boston College, Migani was 1-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored. He followed that performance with a 2-for-5 showing in the Bobcats' first game against Sacred Heart of their four-game series on Friday. Migani blasted a two-run homerun in the win, collecting three RBI in the win, while also scoring twice. In the first game of Quinnipiac's doubleheader with SHU, Migani was 3-for-4, with his second homerun in as many days.

Back-To-Back

Migani's homeruns on consecutive days marked the first time this season that a Quinnipiac player homered in back-to-back games.

No-No

Senior left-handed pitcher Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) continued to dominate Northeast Conference opponents last week to the tune of a no-hitter into the 8th inning in Quinnipiac's 10-3 win against Sacred Heart on Friday, May 1. Gloor's line at the end of the day read three runs on five hits over 8 1/3 innings pitched with eight strikeouts. Gloor allowed one base-runner in the first four innings and it wasn't until the 8th inning that the Pioneers put a runner in scoring position. The 6-3 lefty retired the first nine batters he faced before a walk gave Sacred Heart their first man-on-base of the afternoon. Gloor proceeded to retire the next 10 batters before a fastball ran up-and-in on a SHU batter and put another runner on base.

No One Close

Gloor ran his conference record to 4-0 with a 2.47 ERA, allowing 15 runs – 11 earned – on 36 hits while striking out 37 in 40 innings pitched. For the year, Gloor is 6-3 with a 3.91 ERA with a league-leading 75 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings pitched, also a NEC-high. In his last 23 1/3 innings, Gloor has allowed four earned runs while striking out 21.

One Of Three

Quinnipiac is one of three Northeast Conference teams, along with Monmouth and Sacred Heart to carry five players with at least 40 hits on the year.

Big Ben

Sophomore Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) was the latest Bobcat to reach the 40-hit mark for the year. The sophomore outfielder also became the 52nd player in Quinnipiac's history to reach 100-career hits and just the 21st in the Bobcats' Division I history to do so.

Double-G

Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) has hit safely in 15 consecutive games, a team-, season-high matched only by Doyle. Guerino batted .389 (7-18) for the week with a team-high six RBI. For the year, Guerino leads Quinnipiac with a .373 batting average (38-102) with two homeruns and 21 RBI, as well as 18 runs scored.

Table Setter

For the year, freshman lead-off hitter Chris Migani is hitting .302 (45-149) with four homeruns, 20 RBI, nine doubles and 28 runs scored.

In The Books

Senior pitcher Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) became the first Quinnipiac player since the University's ascension to the Division I ranks to win 20 games for his career in Game 2 of the Bobcats' doubleheader against Wagner. The Division I career wins leaders sits in second place all-time at Quinnipiac, trailing all-time leader Tom Signore '85 with 21 wins. Against Wagner, Mayer was tagged for five runs on eight hits over seven innings pitched while walking five. It was his third win in his last four starts as he improves to 3-2 overall. Mayer's seven-inning complete game was his second of the season.

Career Wins

1. Tom Signore ‘85 21

T2. Pat DeMaio ‘61 20

Dan Gooley ‘70 20

Dan O'Neil ‘86 20

5. Andy Mayer ‘09 20

6. Pat Egan ‘07 19


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.

Doin' It With Two

Quinnipiac has benefitted from timely hitting all season, hitting .294 (138-469) with two outs. In addition, Quinnipiac has scored 97 of their 231 runs (42%) with two outs in an inning.

Interesting Note
Quinnipiac's 3-2 loss to Sacred Heart marked just the third time this season that the Bobcats lost a game when holding a team to five or fewer runs. Quinnipiac is 14-3 in 17 games in which they've held the opposition to five or fewer runs and 0-26 in games in which opposing teams have scored six or more.

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.

Moving Up The Charts

Gloor also moves into first place in the Bobcats' Division I history and third place all-time at Quinnipiac with 235 strikeouts.

Mr. Clutch

Doyle, a senior, has led by example, as he's hit at a .410 clip (16-39) with runners in scoring position. Doyle is also 7-for-10 with runners on third with less than two outs.

Lucky Number Seven

#7 Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) currently leads the Quinnipiac lineup with 29 runs scored while also chipping in with five homeruns, 10 doubles and 21 RBI. Marmo also has a team-high 22 walks.

Atta Boy Mo

Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) batted a team-high .471 (8-17) for the week with four RBI and four runs scored with a team-high .565 on-base percentage.

Impressive Season

For the year, Monack is batting .319 (43-135) with a team-high six homeruns and 22 RBI. He also posted a triple, seven doubles and scored 23 runs while carrying a team-best .519 slugging percentage in addition to a .408 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 eight multiple-hit outings in his last 12 games played, raising his average to .321 (18-56) for the year.

Rare Feat

Monack's and Poletsky's homeruns in the doubleheader mark the second time in Quinnipiac's Division I history that two players hit two homeruns in a game in the same season, and the first time that two different players did it in back-to-back games.

Do It With Two, Take 2

Ben Farina currently leads the Quinnipiac line-up with 13 two-out RBI. Just behind Farina is classmate Mickey Amanti (12), followed by Bryn Doyle (11) and Joe Poletsky (11).