HAMDEN, Conn. - The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) baseball game between Quinnipiac University and Rider University that is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 has been moved to an earlier start time due to rain in the forecast. First pitch is now set for 10 a.m. at the QU Baseball Field with the backend of the doubleheader to begin about 25 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Live stats will be available for the weekend, as well as live audio provided by the Quinnipiac Bobcat Sports Network (QBSN).
SCOUTING THE RIDER BRONCS
Rider enters the weekend with a record of 5-15 overall. This weekend's contests will be the first MAAC game of the season for Rider. The Broncs won two of their first three games of the year before being saddled with five straight losses. After taking the first game of its series at Delaware, Rider dropped the last two games as the start of seven-game losing streak. 2-2 in its last four games, the Broncs will look to spell their streak this weekend against Quinnipiac. The Broncs are led by Justin Thomas who is hitting at a team-best .347 (25-72) average with four doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI in 20 games played. Nick Richter (21-70) sits at .300 through his first 20 games while Nick Crescenzo is hitting .290 (20-69) with 12 runs scored.
JANKINS NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Mass.) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Rookie of the Week, as announced by the MAAC office on Monday, Mar. 24. Jankins picked up his team-leading second win of the season with a masterpiece against Manhattan in Quinnipiac's first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game in program history. Jankins, a 6-3 right-handed hurler out of Quabaog Regional High School in West Brookfield, Mass., hurled eight shut-out innings while striking out 10 – also a Quinnipiac freshman record – in a 4-0 win against the Jaspers. Jankins scattered five hits in the gem, allowing just seven baserunners in the game and retiring eight straight batters at one point. For the season, Jankins is 2-3.
1. Brian Ruditys LF/ JR., .291 (16-55), four doubles, five RBI, and 11 RS*
2. Matthew Batten SS/ FR., .190 (15-78), one triple, four doubles, and seven RBI
3. Lou Iannotti C/ SO., .254 (17-67), four doubles, two triples, seven RS, and seven RBI
4. Vincent Guglietti 1B/ Jr., .314 (22*-70), .443 SLG*, seven doubles, 12 RBI*, and 10 RS
5. Ryan Nelson 2B/So., .175 (11-64), 4 doubles, five RBI
6. Nic Civale 3B/ Sr., .185 (10-54), two RS and six RBI.
7. Matthew Oestreicher DH/ Fr., .171(6-35), two doubles and four RS.
8. Mike Blumenthal RF/ Sr., .375 (15-40), two doubles, five RBI, and three RS.
9. Mike Palladino CF/ So., .189 (10-53), one double and two RS.
THEIR LAST TIME OUT
On Thursday, Mar. 27, Quinnipiac defeated Central Connecticut State, 6-4, in a non-conference match-up in New Britain, Conn. Freshman Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn) and sophomore Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn) led the Bobcats' offense, each tallying three hits on the day. Batten was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Iannotti was 3-for-5 with two doubles and one run scored. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) drove in two runs in the win.
Bobcat fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for additional schedule changes over the next week due to inclement weather and playing conditions, as well as the latest news scores and highlights.
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