Games #22-25: Quinnipiac Bobcats (9-12, 4-4 NEC) vs.Sacred Heart Pioneers (9-12, 5-3 NEC)
Dates: Apr. 5-7, 2013
Location: QU Baseball Field • Hamden, Conn.
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Northeast Conference Home Opener
The Quinnipiac baseball team will play its first home Northeast Conference series when it hosts Sacred Heart for a four-game set on Apr. 5-7 at the QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.
Follow The 'Cats On The Web
Live stats and audio will be available for the Bobcats' series against Sacred Heart, accessible by clicking on the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Scouting The Sacred Heart Pioneers
Sacred Heart enters this weekend's series with a Northeast Conference record of 5-3 to go along with an overall mark of 9-12. Senior shortstop John Murphy leads the Pioneers in batting average (.387), slugging percentage (.707) and has accumulated seven doubles, four triples and three home runs. Freshman Brian Lanboy was named the NEC Rookie of the Week on Apr. 1 after a solid performance against LIU Brooklyn last weekend. Lamboy is batting .246 with nine runs scored and four stolen bases. NEC strikeout leader Troy Scribner is coming off a 14-strikeout complete game win against LIU Brooklyn last weekend and will start the first game of the series on Friday. Junior Nick Leiningen and sophomore Jeff Stoddard get the starts in Saturday's doubleheader. Stoddard comes into this weekend with a 1.69 ERA in 26.2 innings of work. Leiningen is 2-2 on the season and has logged the most innings (29) for Sacred Heart so far this season.Junior Kody Kerski will be on the mound in the series finale on Sunday.
The Last Time They Met
In last year's series, in Bridgeport, Conn., Sacred Heart took the first three games of the series at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The Pioneers won the first game, 3-2, before sweeping Saturday's doubleheader, 6-1 and 5-4. Sunday's series finale featured a wild, five-run ninth inning by the Bobcats that sealed a come-from-behind 9-8 win.
Who Are The Pitchers Today?
Senior Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.) will take the mound for the first game of the series on Friday. Lamacchia has been outstanding this year, not indicative of a 2-3 record. The senior flamethrower has posted a team-best 1.43 ERA while holding the opposition to six earned runs over a team-high 37 2/3 innings pitched. In that frame, Lamacchia has fanned 32 batters while opposing teams are hitting .200. Lamacchia is coming off a 10-strikeout performance against Mount St. Mary's last weekend - his second 10-K game of the year.
Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) will start Game 1 on Saturday. Kane is 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched. Kane won his season-opener against George Washington, holding the Colonials to one unearned run on five hits in six innings of work. In his last outing, Kane struckout six batters in a six-inning pitcher's duel in a 3-2 win at Mount St. Mary's.
Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) will start the nightcap. Fabrizio has compiled a 2-2 record with a 4.33 ERA over 27 innings pitched. In his last outing, Fabrizio spun six innings of two-hit ball, giving up two runs, but ultimately took a 2-0 loss to Mount St. Mary's.
Freshman southpaw Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) will start on Sinatra Sunday. The first-year Bobcat has been a pleasant surprise for head coach Dan Gooley, posting a 2-0 record in three starts while also carrying a 3.06 ERA. Thomas has allowed six runs over 17 2/3 innings pitched.
Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) currently leads Quinnipiac in hits (22) and RBI (10) while also hitting .301 with seven runs scored and a team-leading four sacrifice fly balls.
Freshman Mike Palladino saw just 11 at-bats over his first 15 games with the Bobcats, appearing in just six games. Since Mar. 26, Palladino is 7-for-21 (.333) and is leading the team in hitting (.313) for the year. In an 18-8 win against Mount St. Mary's, Palladino was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a RBI. Palladino is also slugging a team-high .438 and has a .450 on-base percentage.
Sophomore Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) is currently batting .238, which is seventh among Quinnipiac's regular starters. Despite that, Ruditys is the only player in the Bobcats' line-up that ranks in the top three in runs scored (11), hits (20) and runs-batted-in (9). In addition, Ruditys is also second on the team with seven walks. Ruditys also leads the team with six multiple-hit games.