Quinnipiac Baseball Travels To Monmouth For NEC Series This Weekend
Quinnipiac Bobcats (3-20, 2-10 NEC) at Monmouth Hawks (14-12, 5-3 NEC)
MU Baseball Field
West Long Branch, N.J.
Thursday, April 5 - 3 PM (9-Inning Game)
Friday, April 6 - 1 PM (2, 7-Inning Games)
Saturday, April 7 - 1 PM (9-Inning Game)
Complete Game Notes In PDF Format
Quinnipiac will travel to West Long Branch, N.J. to face Monmouth in a four-game Northeast Conference series on March 5-7. The Bobcats and Hawks are scheduled for a nine-inning game on Thursday, April 5 at 3 p.m. followed by a pair of seven-inning games on Friday, April 6 at 1 p.m. They will wrap-up their series on Saturday, April 7 with a single, nine-inning game at 1 p.m.
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Going For 500
With an 11-4 win against Northeast Conference opponent Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, March 23, Quinnipiac baseball head coach Dan "Skip" Gooley won his 499th career game, and 398th at Quinnipiac. Gooley also won 101 games as the head coach at University of Hartford. Gooley will have a chance to reach the 500-win and 400-win marks when the Bobcats face Monmouth this weekend.
Former director of athletics and men's basketball head coach Burt Kahn (459) and current men's and women's tennis head coach Mike Quitko (474) are the only other coaches in Quinnipiac history to reach 400 victories, while Gooley's 499 wins are the most career wins for any Quinnipiac coach. Gooley is currently in his 27th year coaching and 22nd at Quinnipiac. Gooley also won 101 games as University of Hartford's head baseball coach from 1988-1992.
|Coach||Team||Career Wins||Years Coach|
|Mike Quitko||Men's & Women's Tennis||474||21^|
|Burt Kahn||Men's Basketball||459||30|
|Dan Gooley||Baseball||499 (398 @ Quinnipiac)||27 (22 @ Quinnipiac)^|
|Rand Pecknold||Men's Ice Hockey||337||18^|
|Tricia Fabbri||Women's Basketball||243||17^|
Scouting The Monmouth Hawks
Monmouth is currently 14-12 overall, including a 5-3 mark in Northeast Conference play and are currently in third place in the NEC standings. The Hawks are led by Jamie Rosenkranz who is currently hitting at a .330 clip (36-109) and leads the team in hits (36), runs scored (24), slugging percentager (.468) and is second in on-base percentage (.381) and runs batted in (16). Danny Avella has provided the Hawks' power numbers this season, blasting a team-best three home runs while also driving in a team-high 22 runs. Jake Gronsky (.327/34-104) and Chris Perret (.305/18-59) give Monmouth a trio of .300 batters. On the mound, Major League Baseball prospect Pat Light checks in at 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA after holding the opposition to 17 earned runs over a team-best 49 1/3 innings pitched while also striing out a team-high 43 batters.
The Bobcats' Probable Starters
Thursday, April 5 (9 Inn.)
Friday, April 6 (Game 1 - 7 Inn.)
Friday, April 6 (Game 2 - 7 Inn.)
Saturday, April 7 (9 Inn.)
Freshman designated hitter Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) extending his team-best hitting streak against Northeast Conference opponents to seven games with a hit in each game of the Bobcats' four-game set against CCSU. Guglietti also led Quinnipiac with five RBI, including a three-RBI doubleheader on Saturday, March 31. Guglietti followed that outing with a two-run double in the eighth inning to plate Quinnipiac's first two runs in a 13-7 loss on Sunday, April 1. In his first year of NEC competition, Guglietti is hitting at a .318 clip (14-44) while posting team-highs 10 RBI in 12 conference games.
Run Forrest, Run
Junior Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) hit a team-high .467 (7-15) for the week while also walking twice to post a team-high .529 on-base percentage. Dwyer hit safely in all five of Quinnipiac's games for the week while posting a 3-for-3 day in the game of Quinnipiac's four-game set against CCSU. He also scored two of Quinnipiac's seven runs in the game.
Nisson's Nice Swing
Senior co-captain Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) reached base safely in each game of Quinnipiac's four-game series against CCSU. Nisson was hit by a pitch twice, which ultimately resulted in a run scored, in the first game of the series before going 6-for-11 over the final three games of the series. Nisson was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in a 6-5 loss and 1-for-3 in a 3-2 loss as part of the Bobcats' doubleheader on Saturday, March 31. On Sunday, April 1, Nisson was 2-for-4 ina 13-7 loss. For the season, Nisson leads the team in batting average (.274) and hits (23) while totaling three doubles, six RBI and eight runs scored. Nisson currently ranks 25th in NCAA Division I baseball in the hardest to strikeout category with four strikeouts in 84 at-bats.
Not THAT Hef...
Freshman walk-on Brian Heflin (Madison, Conn.) has made two appearances this season, both resulting in pinch hit singles. Heflin made his collegiate debut on March 10 against Richmond when he pinch hit Scott Donaghue in the ninth inning of an 8-0 loss stroking a two-out single up the middle. Heflin made his second appearance on Sunday, April 1 against CCSU, lining a single to right field.
Gift of Gabe
Senior first baseman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) sits second behind Nisson with a .273 average (21-77). Guerino currently stands as the team's active career hit-leader with 155 to his credit in his fourth season with the Bobcats. Among the national leaders, Guerino ranks as the second hardest batter to strike-out in NCAA Division I baseball, with just one strikeout in 77 at-bats this season.
King Of Queens
Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) has been the Bobcats' top pitcher this year, logging a team-best 3.13 ERA in 31 1/3 innings pitched. Lamacchia also leads the team in strikeouts (36) and ranks 49th nationally with 10.22 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
The Four-Hit Wonder
Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) became the first player since Tim Binkoski in 2007 to record two four-hit games in the same season with a 4-for-4 day against Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, March 23. Palmer was also 4-for-4 against William & Mary on March 14.
"Get Me Walsh"
Sophomore Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.) has seen limited duty this year, but has made the most of it. Walsh has appeared in three games, totaling 6 2/3 innings pitched, and has not allowed a run in three relief appearances. Walsh held CCSU hitless and scoreless in his one inning of work in a 6-5 loss on Mar. 31.
Taste of Siciliano
Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) pitched three innings of shut-down baseball against CCSU on April 1. With the Bobcats trailing late in the game, before mounting a comeback bid, Siciliano slammed the door on a Blue Devils' offense that had tagged Quinnipiac for 13 runs. Siciliano held the Blue Devils scoreless on two hits while striking out four in three innings of work. For the year, Siciliano has 11 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched while allowing just four runs.
In The Nick Of Time
Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) has his best outing to date against Central Connecticut on March 31. Fabrizio held CCSU to three runs on six hits over six innings pitched for his longest outing of the season.
Next Up For The Bobcats
Following this weekend's series at Monmouth, Quinnipiac returns home to host Connecticut on Monday, April 8 and Rhode Island on Tuesday, April 9. The Bobcats return to Northeast Conference play when they host Mount St. Mary's for a four-game set on April 13-15.