Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-30, 5-15 NEC) at LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (15-26, 11-9 NEC)
Dates: May 3-5, 2013
Location: LIU Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Quinnipiac University baseball team will travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. to take on the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds in a four-game, Northeast Conference series on May 3-5. Quinnipiac is currently 10-30 overall and 5-15 in the NEC while LIU Brooklyn is 15-26 overall and 11-9 in league play.
Free, live video of the Bobcats' four-game series at LIU Brooklyn will be available at NECFrontRow.com. Bobcat fans can access the live video feed by clicking on the appropriate links on the baseball team's schedule at QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Live stats are also available, courtesy of liuathletics.com.
Scouting The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds
LIU Brooklyn enters the weekend series with a record of 15-26 overall and 11-9 in NEC play, good for fifth place, and a game out of the fourth and final NEC Tournament spot. LIU Brooklyn lost three of four against NEC top-ranked Bryant last weekend but swept Mount St. Mary's the previous weekend while taking three of four against Fairleigh Dickinson on the weekend prior to that. Junior Jordan Ziznewski leads the Blackbirds in batting average (.353), hits (54), triples (4), total bases (79), and stolen bases (11). Junior Kevin Needham has driven in a team-high 28 runs while Mike Garcia's four home runs also leads the Blackbirds. Needham has also made 13 appearances on the mound, including two starts, and leads the team with three saves to go along with a 2-1 record and a 3.51 ERA. On the mound, Justin Topa is 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA while leading the team in strikeouts (60) and innings pitched (69.0).
The Last Time They Met
Last season, Quinnipiac split a pair of doubleheaders, losing the first game on Saturday before responding with a win in the night cap. On Sunday, the Bobcats won the first game before losing the fourth game of the series. Nick Fabrizio shined, hurling a one-hitter that saw the Bobcats' starter lose his no-hitter bid in the sixth inning.
The Bobcats' Last Time Out
The Bobcats exploded for nine runs on 20 hits in a non-conference loss to UMass on Wednesday, May 1, falling to the Minutemen, 10-9, in a game that saw Quinnipiac erase three deficits over the course of nine innings. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) blasted a two-run homer for his first of the year as part of a 3-for-4 day that saw the big first baseman drive in three runs. Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) hit a pinch-hit home run in the eighth, before Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) blasted a three-run bomb for his team-leading third of the season.
With The Glove and The Bat
Slick-fielding sophomore shortstop Scott Donaghue also leads the team in average (.300), home runs (3), RBI (24), slugging percentage (.421). His 42 hits to date sit second to Guglietti's team-leading 45. Donaghue also has 11 multiple-hit games and a team-leading seven multiple-RBI games.
Vincent Guglietti leads the team with 45 hits while hitting .294 a home run and 16 RBI, while also boasting a .399 slugging percentage. He's also collected a team-high 11 doubles. In his last three games, Guglietti is hitting .667 (8-12) with a home run, six RBI, three doubles and four runs scored. He also carries a ridiculous 1.167 slugging percentage and a .714 on-base percentage.
In his last five games, Chris Migani leads the team with a .438 average (7-16) with a team-high .591 on-base percentage after also drawing a team-best four walks. Migani also has five runs scored in that span. The senior captain, for the year, leads the team in runs scored (27), on-base percentage (.386), walks (17) while checking in with a .294 average. Migani also ranks third on the Bobcats' roster with 40 hits and 13 RBI. In 20 NEC games, Migani is hitting a team-best .323 (21-65) with four doubles, nine RBI and 12 runs scored.
On The Mound
Game 1 - Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.) is 3-6 while leading the team in ERA (2.39), innings pitched (67 2/3), strikeouts (46) with three complete games.
Game 2 - Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) is 2-4 with a 4.64 ERA while posting 31 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings pitched.
Game 3 - Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) is 2-6 with a 5.62 ERA.
Game 4 - Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) is 2-1 with a 4.81 ERA.