Baseball Opens 2012 Season On Friday, March 2 Against Fordham; Saturday, March 3 Against Hofstra

Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-0) at Fordham Rams (2-5)
Friday, March 2, 2012

Houlihan Park at Jack Coffey Field - Bronx, N.Y.
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Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-0) vs. Hofstra Pride (1-6)
Saturday, March 3, 2012

Houlihan Park at Jack Coffey Field - Bronx, N.Y.
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2012 Season Opener
The Quinnipiac baseball team is scheduled to open the 2012 season at Fordham this weekend when it takes on the Rams on Friday, March 2 in a non-conference doubleheader featuring a pair of 9-inning games at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Bobcats will also face Hofstra, at Fordham, on Saturday, March 3 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Projected Weekend Rotation (Mar. 2-3, 2012)
Game 1 vs. Fordham
Derek Lamacchia (RHP, Jr., 6-3, 210) 2011 Stats: 4-5, 3.41 ERA, 3 CG, 63.1 IP, 47 SO's
Game 2 vs. Fordham
George Dummar (RHP, Jr., 6-5, 230) 2011 Stats: 3-7, 8.08 ERA, 52.1 IP, 40 SO's
Game 1 vs. Hofstra
Spencer Kane (RHP, Jr., 6-1, 200) 2011 Stats: 0-3, 8.06 ERA, 25.2 IP, 16 SO's
Game 2 vs. Hofstra
Nick Fabrizio (RHP, So., 6-0, 180) 2011 Stats: 0-2, 7.56 ERA, 25.0 IP, 13 SO's

Scouting The Fordham Rams
Fordham hosts Quinnipiac on Friday, March 2 with an overall mark of 2-6 through its first eight games. The Rams opened the season with three-straight losses to Western Carolina in Cullowhee, N.C. before knocking off Campbell, 7-6, on Feb. 25. After two-straight losses to the Camels, Fordham bounced back with a 5-3 win against Fairfield on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Zach Small leads Fordham at the plate with a .389 (7-18) average, including two doubles a homerun and three runs scored. Mike Mauri leads the team with six RBI in seven games played. On the mound, Daniel Munday is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four appearances, including one start. Rich Anastasi is also 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA, with a win in relief.

Scouting The Hofstra Pride
Hofstra enters the weekend series with an overall record of 1-6. The Pride opened the season with three-straight losses to nationally-ranked No. 9 Florida State on Feb. 17-19 before they broke-out against Virginia Wesleyan in a 20-2 victory. Last weekend, Hofstra dropped three straight to Notre Dame. Danny Poma leads Hofstra in average (.414), hits (12), runs scored (9) and doubles (5) while also driving in eight runs in seven games. Hofstra as a team is hitting .290 (71-245) through their first seven games and boast four players that have started each game hitting .345 or better. Hofstra's pitching staff has run-out 15 different pitchers to the hill through the team's first seven games. Jared Rogers, John Tiedemann and John Schilt have each started two games, with Schilt posting a 1-1 mark.

2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
The Bobcats picked to finish eighth in the Northeast Conference 2012 Preseason Poll, as voted on by the conference's coaches, and announced by the conference office on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Quinnipiac finished the 2011 in seventh place in the conference standings at 11-21 in NEC play and 15-32 overall. Monmouth was tabbed as the favorite to win the conference, garnering four first-place votes, followed by Sacred Heart, with four first-place votes, and Central Connecticut State, who also earned a first-place vote. Bryant and LIU Brooklyn rounded out the NEC's top five, followed by Mount St. Mary's, Wagner, Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson. Sacred Heart topped Monmouth, 9-2, in last season's NEC Tournament Championship Game.

Kyle Nisson Named To Collegesportsmadness.com's 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Team
Quinnipiac senior Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was named to the Collegesportsmadness.com 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason All-Conference Second Team. Nisson was an All-Northeast Conference selection as a junior in 2011. Last season, Nisson became the first catcher in Quinnipiac history to receive All-NEC honors, while also being named to the 37th Annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star Game.

Nisson At The Plate…
Nisson earned second-team recognition after leading the Bobcats with a personal-best .336 (51-152) batting average, while also leading the team with a .399 on-base percentage. Nisson was also hit-by-a-pitch 10 times, ranking him among the national leaders. Additionally, among the seven players on the Bobcats roster to play in at-least 46 games, Nisson led all seven in fewest strikeouts with 10. He also slapped four doubles and scored 17 runs while driving in 21 more.Nisson was third on the team with 14 multiple-hit games, including one of Quinnipiac's six four-hit games, while also ranking second on the roster with four multiple-RBI games. 

…And Behind It
Defensively, Nisson was rock-solid behind the plate, posting a .973 field percentage, second on the team among the Bobcats' three players with more than 200 defensive opportunities. Nisson also managed to throw out 14 would-be base stealers, second most among all Northeast Conference catchers. 

The Hit Leader
The Bobcats will also look to first baseman Gabe Guerino (Guilford, Conn.) to shoulder some of the offensive weight of the team's line-up as he enters his senior season with a team-leading 134 career hits.

On The Mound
Derek Lamacchia and George Dummar will start in the Bobcats' first two games of the season against Fordham on Friday, March 2 … Lamacchia led the squad with four wins in his sophomore year, while also posting a team-best 3.41 earned-run average in a team-leading 63 1/3 innings pitched. Lamacchia also led the team with 47 strikeouts … Dummar was 3-7 with 40 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings pitched, good for second on the roster … Spencer Kane and Nick Fabrizio will start against the Hofstra Pride on Saturday, March 3 … Kane was 0-3 with an 8.06 ERA last season while Fabrizio earned two starts as a freshman, and after showing great promise in the fall's annual City Series, will be looked on to contribute on the mound for the Bobcats.

Out Of The 'Pen
Senior Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) led all Bobcat relievers with a 4.00 ERA in 14 appearances, while striking out 19 batters in 18 innings pitched. Over his last seven appearances he compiled a 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings, striking out 10 batters and limiting opposing hitters to a .135 (5/37) batting average.

Dan "Skip" Gooley
Dan Gooley `70 was hired as Quinnipiac's 10th head baseball coach on June 7, 2001. Gooley, who coached the Bobcats from 1977-1987 and is its all-time leader in coaching victories, replaced Joe Mattei, who retired in May 2001 after five seasons. In 26 years as a head coach at Quinnipiac and the University of Hartford, Gooley has accumulated an impressive 496-494-8 (.509) overall record. His record at Quinnipiac, in 22 years as the team's head coach, he has compiled a 395-404-7 (.505) record. In that span, he coached former major leaguers Turk Wendell (Quinnipiac) and Jeff Bagwell (Hartford) and current major leaguer Pat Egan.

Next Up For The Bobcats
Following this weekend's match-ups against Fordham and Hofstra, Quinnipiac will head South to face Richmond in a three-game series on March 9-11, followed by single games on March 11, 13 and 14 at William & Mary. The Bobcats return North to open Northeast Conference play at Wagner on Friday, March 16-18. After their annual trip to West Point, N.Y. to face Army on Tuesday, March 20, Quinnipiac will host Fairleigh Dickinson on March 23-25 for a four-game, NEC series at Quinnipiac Baseball Field on the Mt. Carmel Campus of Quinnipiac University.