Game #1: Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 NEC) at
George Washington University Colonials (0-6, 0-0 A-10)
Dates: Mar. 1 (3 p.m.); Mar. 2 (1 p.m.); Mar. 3 (12 p.m.)
Location: Barcroft Park • Arlington, Va.
Live Stats: GWSports.com
2013 Season Opener
Quinnipiac baseball opens the 2013 regular-season in Arlington, Va. when it faces George Washington for a three-game series on Mar. 1-3. The Bobcats' tilt against GW on Friday, Mar. 1 will be the first game played in the Colonials' new stadium, Barcroft Park. George Washington is 0-6 for the year.
|BOBCATS PROJECTED OPENING DAY LINEUP
Line-Up/ 2012 Highlights
1. Brian Ruditys, LF/ So., 46 GP, .241 (39-162), .967 fielding percentage
2. Nic Civale, 2B/ Jr., 28 GP, .312 (25-80), 12 RS, 12 RBI, .412 SLG%, .417 OB%
3. Chris Migani, 3B/Sr., DNP-INJ - 154 career hits, 14 HR, 83 RS, 83 RBI
4. Vincent Guglietti, 1B/So., All-NEC Second Team DH, .276 (43-156), 21 RS, 21 RBI
5. Zak Palmer, DH/ Jr., All-NEC First Team 3B, .342 (54-158), 22 RBI, 24 RS
6. Scott Donaghue, SS/ So., Led team in 2B's (7), 22 RBI, 23 RS, .342 OB%
7. Mike Blumenthal, LF/ Jr., Started 33 games in last two seasons
8. Tom Donovan, C/ Jr., Sat-out the 2011, 2012 seasons
9. Steffen Herter, CF/ Fr., Two-time All-Massachusetts selection
Weekend Rotation 2012 Highlights
3/1 Derek Lamacchia Sr., RHP, 65 K's, 61 2/3 IP, 144 Career K's
3/2 Spencer Kane Sr., RHP, Led QU in CG (6), IP (63), ERA (4.71), Wins (4)
3/3 Nick Fabrizio Jr., RHP, 4.74 ERA, 57 IP, 4 CG, 40 K's, 1-hitter vs. LIU Brooklyn
Bobcats Picked 8th In 2013 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll
The Bobcats were picked to finish 8th out of nine teams in the Northeast Confererence Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the NEC offices today. Last season, Quinnipiac finished the year in 8th place with an overall record of 8-24 including a 9-38 mark in NEC play. Bryant, in its first season of NCAA championship eligibility was tabbed by the NEC coaches to win the league, gaining four first-place votes. Central Connecticut State was picked second with three first-place votes followed by Monmouth with the remaining single first-place vote. Sacred Heart was fourth, followed by LIU Brooklyn, Wagner and Fairleigh Dickinson. Quinnipiac slotted in ahead of Mount St. Mary's.
Bounce Back Year
Quinnipiac will look to 2012 All-Northeast Conference selections Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) and Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) to lead the Bobcats in 2013, while also benefitting from the return of captain Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) for his senior campaign after sitting out the 2012 season to injury.
Chris Migani enters his final season with the Bobcats with solid career numbers, including 154 hits, 14 home runs, 83 RBI, 31 doubles and 14 stolen bases in 132 career games, while also batting .298 for his career. One of three players in program history to reach 100 hits by his sophomore season, Migani will look to close-out his Bobcat career on a high note.
Zak Palmer tied for the team lead in hits (54), RBI (22) while leading the team in average (.342), on-base percentage (.416) and slugging percentage (.399). In NEC play, Palmer led the Bobcats in average (.417), hits (45), runs scored (21), RBI (20), on-base percentage (.469) and slugging percentage (.472). Palmer, with the team's second-best 14 multiple-hit games, was the only player in the line-up to collect hold three-game and four-game multiple-hit streaks. He completed his second year at Quinnipiac with a nine-game hitting streak.
Vincent Guglietti turned in a solid all-around freshman campaign, batting .276 (43-156) with a team-high 22 RBI and 21 runs scored. Guglietti also hit .310 (35-113) in NEC play, with a .378 on-base percentage, .363 slugging percentage, 19 RBI and 17 runs scored. Guglietti was also honored as the NEC Co-Rookie of the Week on May 1, 2012 following a four-game weekend series that saw the first-year DH hit .562 (9-16), including an 8-for-14 (.571) clip against Sacred Heart in a four-game set.
On the mound, the Bobcats' weekend rotation will feature Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.), Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.) and Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.).
Spencer Kane led the team with four wins in 10 starts while logging a team-high 63 innings pitched. The senior right-handed pitcher also pitched six complete games while scattering 61 hits over his 63 innings worked.
I AM Queens Boulevard
Lamacchia led the team with 65 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings pitched for a team-best 9.49 strikeouts-per-game average.
The Pride of Peabody
Fabrizio logged a team-best 4.74 earned-run average with four complete games. A sophomore last season, Fabrizio took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against LIU Brooklyn in his final start of the year before finishing with a one-hit shutout.
Sophomore Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) had a solid freshman year with Quinnipiac, leading the team in home runs (2), extra-base hits (10) and RBI (22) while collecting seven doubles and scoring 23 runs.
Quinnipiac Head Coach Dan "Skip" Gooley
Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley will enter his 22nd season as the Bobcats' head coach in 2013, and 28th overall. Last season, Gooley recorded his 500th career win as the Bobcats defeated Mount St. Mary's, 17-3, on Apr. 13,2012. On the following day, a doubleheader sweep, the win in the first game gave Gooley 400 career wins at Quinnipiac, making him the third coach in school history to reach the mark along with former athletic director and men's basketball coach Burt Kahn and current men's and women's tennis coach Mike Quitko.
John Delaney has returned to Quinnipiac for his first season as the Bobcats' assistant coach. Delaney was a four-time All-Northeast Conference selection, including First Team honors in each of his final three seasons, before being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. Delaney completed his Quinnipiac career with 206 hits, good for fourth place all-time at Quinnipiac, while also totaling 34 doubles, tying him with former teammate Wilson Matos '06 for third place all-time. As a senior in 2008, Delaney led the Bobcats in most offensive categories including home runs (9), runs batted in (40), hits (66), runs scored (49), at-bats (196), batting average (.337), doubles (15), slugging percentage (.571) and triples (2). In addition, his .357 (20-56) batting average with runners in scoring position and 13, two-out RBI's also led the team. Delaney posted a team-best 20 multiple-hit games, including seven games with three or more. His 12 multiple-RBI games also led the Bobcats while his 15 doubles ranked sixth all-time with his 66 hits ranking as the fifth most in Quinnipiac history in a single season.