April 11, 2011

Kyle Birdsall Named CBN/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, Akadema/NEC Pitcher of the Week

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac junior Kyle Birdsall (Milford, Conn.) was named the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week as well as the Akadema/Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week after hurling the first no-hitter in program history against Monmouth in a 6-0 win on Saturday, April 10. Birdsall was one of seven players honored nationally by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper this week.

Birdsall was lights-out in the Bobcats' lone win against the Hawks for the weekend. The junior right-hander threw seven no-hit innings while also striking out a career-high 12 batters in the process. Birdsall's 12 strikeouts are also the most by a Northeast Conference pitcher this season.

Birdsall was perfect through 5 2/3 innings while striking out 10 of the first 17 batters he faced before putting the Hawks' first two runners of the day on a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Birdsall shrugged off the only blemish on an otherwise brilliant performance and retired the last batter of the inning. Birdsall then induced a fly ball to lead off the seventh before striking out the final two batters he faced on the day, including this week's Akadema/NEC Player of the Week, Danny Avella.

The junior from Milford, Conn. received some help along the way as the Bobcats' defense was spot-on. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) made a shoe-string catch to end the second inning and first baseman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) dug an errant throw from Birdsall out of the dirt for the second out of the fifth.

Birdsall is the ninth Quinnipiac pitcher in NEC history to win Pitcher of the Week honors and the first since Alex Russow received the award on April 6, 2010.

All-Time Quinnipiac Akadema/Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week Honors
Kyle Birdsall, 2011
Alex Russow, 2010
Andy Mayer, 2009
Chris Gloor, 2009
Pat Egan, 2004 (Three Times)
Buddy Bengel, 2003
Kevin MacIlvane, 2003
John Melillo, 2002
Buddy Bengel, 2001
Kevin MacIlvane, 2001