Quinnipiac Bobcats (13-32, 8-17 NEC) vs.Central Conneticut State Blue Devils (22-23, 11-14 NEC)
Dates: May 10, 2013
Location: QU Baseball Field • Hamden, Conn.
Live Audio: QBSN
Quinnipiac baseball will host Central Connecticut State on Friday, May 10 for a Northeast Conference doubleheader set for a 1 p.m. start at the QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.
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Scouting The Central Connecticut State Blue Devils
Central Connecticut enters this weekend's four-game series with an overall record of 21-23, including a 10-14 record in Northeast Conference play, good for sixth place in the nine-team standings. Senior infielder Tyler McIntyre leads CCSU with a .350 average (56-160) while also leading the team in doubles (15), home runs (4), RBI (36), on-base percentage (.410) and slugging percentage (.531). Dylan Delacruz checks in at .337 (58-172) with a team-high 58 hits, as well as 29 runs scored. Delacruz also has a team-best five triples to go along with 12 doubles. J.P. Sportman is hitting .315 (53-168) to date, with a home run and 27 RBI as well as 14 doubles and 25 runs scored. On the mound, Cody Brown is 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA with four complete games and a team-high 69 innings pitched. Nick Neumann is 4-4, with four complete games as well, with a 3.97 ERA. He leads the team with 37 strikeouts in 59 innings pitched.
The Bobcats vs. The Blue Devils
Central Connecticut State has swept Quinnipiac in each of the last eight games over the last two years. Quinnipiac's last win against CCSU came on Apr. 25, 2010 when the Bobcats took three of four games in their NEC series against the Blue Devils.
Quinnipiac baseball's Senior Day is slated for Saturday, May 11 when Quinnipiac hosts Central Connecticut State for its final home Northeast Conference game of the season. Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.), Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.), Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.), Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.), Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.), Kevin O'Connell (Glastonbury, Conn.), George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) and Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.) will all be honored prior to the start of the game on Saturday.
Quinnipiac erased the longest losing streak in program history - 19 games - with a 3-1 win against LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, May 4. The Bobcats won the back-end of the doubleheader and also on Sunday to give the squad its first three-game winning streak since it's weekend sweep of George Washington on Mar. 1-3 to open the 2013 season.
Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) batted .353 in leading Quinnipiac to a 3-2 record last week, including a 3-1 mark against LIU Brooklyn. Donaghue led the Bobcats in hits (6), RBI (5) while posting a .521 slugging percentage and a .421 on-base percentage. Against UMass on May 1, Donaghue was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run. After an 0-for-4 day in the Bobcats' first game against LIU Brooklyn on Friday, May 3, Donaghue bounced back to go 4-for-9 (.444). The sophomore shortstop - who also played errorless defense for the week - drove in the Bobcats' first run in a 3-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader against LIU Brooklyn, and also scored an insurance run late in the game, as Quinnipiac snapped a 19-game losing streak. He was 1-for-2 in the nightcap. On Sunday, Donaghue drove in the game's first run and also scored in the Bobcats' six-run first inning that padded a 9-3 win, Quinnipiac's third straight.
No Sophomore Slump
For the year, Donaghue is hitting .301 (46-153) with eight doubles and 15 runs scored while leading the team in home runs (3), RBI (26) and slugging percentage (.412).
With 10 strikeouts against LIU Brooklyn on Friday, May 3, Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) became the seventh Quinnipiac pitcher all-time, and third at the Division I level, to reach 200 career strikeouts.
With 188 career hits through this weekend, senior captain Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) ranks 10th all-time and eight at the Division I level in career hits.
The Bobcats and The Long Ball
Quinnipiac entered the week with six home runs in 39 games. In five games this week - in which Quinnipiac was 3-2 - the Bobcats launched seven against the opposition. Vincent Guglietti's (East Haven, Conn.)first of the week tied UMass, 3-3, before he also homered against LIU Brooklyn in a 9-3 win. Rob Pescitelli (Bayshore, N.Y.) sent his first two homers over the right field wall at LIU Field, while Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) hit a pinch-hit homer against UMass. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) connected against UMass while Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) also sent his team-leading third round-tripper out against UMass.
Spencer Kane (Wolcott,Conn.)improved to 3-4 on the year in a 3-1 win against LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, May 4. Kane earned the win - Quinnipiac's first in 19 games - after holding the LIU offense to one run on seven hits over seven innings for the complete game. Kane also struck out seven. Four of the Blackbirds' seven hits came in the game's first two innings - both of which Kane maneuvered through trouble to come out of unscathed. After LIU tied the game on an RBI double, Kane slammed the door, striking out the final two batters of the inning to leave the Blackbirds' go-ahead run in scoring position at second. After retiring LIU in order in the sixth, he walked the lead-off batter in the seventh. He then struck-out a pair of pinch-hitters before inducing a fly ball to end the game. For the year, Kane is 3-4 with a 4.25 ERA with two complete games.
Rob Pescitelli (Bayshore, N.Y.) batted .333 (3-9) against LIU Brooklyn this weekend in three of the four games of the NEC series. Two of Pescitelli's three hits in the series left the yard as the freshman DH blasted his first two career home runs in the series. In a 2-1 loss in the first game of the series on Friday, led-off the fifth inning with a game-tying homer over the right field fence at LIU Field. After going 1-for-2 in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday, Pescitelli hit a seventh-inning homer to give Quinnipiac a 9-2 lead. He was 1-for-4 in that game with two runs scored.