Baseball to Play Doubleheader at Niagara on Sunday at 1 PM; Single Game on Monday at 10:30 AM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-15, 2-2 MAAC)
Niagara University Purple Eagles (7-16, 1-3 MAAC)
Sunday, April 6, 2014 (DH) - 1:00 PM
Sal Maglie Stadium – Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-15, 2-2 MAAC)
Niagara University Purple Eagles (7-16, 1-3 MAAC)
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:30 AM
Sal Maglie Stadium – Niagara Falls, N.Y.

A TRIP TO THE GRANITE STATE
Fresh off its best offensive performance of the season, the Quinnipiac University baseball team (6-15, 2-2 MAAC) is set to resume conference play this weekend in upstate New York. The Bobcats travel to Niagara University (7-16, 1-3 MAAC) for a three-game set at Sal Maglie Stadium, beginning with a doubleheader on Sunday, April 6 (1 p.m.). Quinnipiac and Niagara will wrap up the series with a single game the following day on Monday at 10:30 a.m.  

SCOUTING THE PURPLE EAGLES
Niagara enters this weekend's series with a 7-16 record and a 1-3 mark in MAAC play. Conference competition didn't go as well as hoped for the Purple Eagles, dropping all three games at Siena College two weeks ago. Last weekend, Niagara bounced back with a 7-5 win at Monmouth before the other two games were cancelled due to inclement weather. Outside of league play, a bear of a schedule has left Niagara with only a few wins. Greg Rogers leads the offense with 17 RBI and a .390 slugging percentage. He's batting .273 and owns a .364 on-base-percentage. Taylor Hackett and Michael Fuhrman have combined for 27 RBI and 20 runs scored. On the mound, Jordan Schwartz has logged the most innings pitched and boasts a 5.02 earned run average. He has 47 strikeouts in 43.0 innings pitched.  

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST DARTMOUTH
Generating runs by way of the long ball hadn't been incorporated into Quinnipiac's arsenal this year. That all changed however when the Bobcats took a trip to Biondi Park on Wednesday afternoon. The QU baseball team hit four homeruns and cruised to an 11-5 victory over Dartmouth at Red Rolfe Field in Hanover. The Bobcats improved to 6-15 on the season.

PROJECTED LINE-UP

  1. Mike Palladino - CF/SO | .190 (11-58) | One double and five RS
  2. Matthew Batten - SS/FR | .195 (17-87) | One triple, four doubles, and seven RBI
  3. Lou Iannotti - C/SO | .240 (18-75) | Four doubles, two triples, eight RS, and seven RBI
  4. Vincent Guglietti - 1B/JR | .338 (26-77) | .494 SLG, seven doubles, one HR, 14 RBI, and 13 RS
  5. Scott Donaghue - DH/JR | .255 (14-55) | Three doubles, one HR, eight RS, and six RBI
  6. Nic Civale - 3B/SO | .183 (11-60) | One HR, two RS, and six RBI
  7. Ryan Nelson - 2B/SO | .186 (13-70) | Five doubles, one HR, and eight RBI
  8. Mike Blumenthal - RF/SR | .340 (16-47) | Two doubles, six RBI, and four RS
  9. Brian Ruditys - LF/JR | .258 (16-62) | Four doubles, six RBI, and 11 RS

CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL
Vincent Guglietti, Scott Donaghue, Nic Civale and Ryan Nelson all homered in helping the Bobcats to their highest run total this season. The last time Quinnipiac had four homeruns in a game was back in 2009 in an 18-2 win over Fairleigh Dickinson (4/25/09). It was most homeruns in a game since Mike Blumenthal, Donaghue, and Guglietti each went yard last year against UMass (5/1/13).

CLEAN UP
Vincent Guglietti leads Quinnipiac with 14 RBI this season and a .494 slugging percentage. Guglietti has six RBI in his last six games, featuring a pair in the win over Dartmouth. He reached base in all five at-bats, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI and a walk.

DONAGHUE PROTECTS
Scott Donaghue gave Vincent Guglietti some protection in the five-spot against Dartmouth, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Donaghue muscled up for his first homerun of the season, and raised his batting average to .255.

NELSON PLATES THREE
Ryan Nelson went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored against Dartmouth. His big blow came in the top of the fourth when he belted his first home run of the season – a three-run shot that gave Quinnipiac some breathing room. Nelson bumped his RBI total to eight and his slugging percentage to .300.

WHAT A RELIEF!
Nick Fabrizio, Matthew Osieja and Gary Binkiewicz combined to allow just one run on four hits over 4 and 1/3 innings in securing the win against Dartmouth. Fabrizio was credited with his first win of the season.

THE SENIOR
Mike Blumenthal leads all Bobcat hitters with a .340 batting average in 18 games. He has a hit in four of his last five games and recorded a season-high of three hits against Fordham back in March 18.

COMING AROUND TO SCORE
Brian Ruditys has crossed the dish 11 times this year, which includes six runs scored in his last eight games. Ruditys is batting .258 on the season and has five multi-hit games thus far.

SCORELESS STREAK
Following his shutout against Manhattan (3/22), Thomas Jankins extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings before allowing his first run. Jankins stifled Rider (3/29) through the first six innings, before finally allowing a run in the seventh frame.

JANKINS NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
 Freshman Thomas Jankins 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 second win of the season with a masterpiece against Manhattan (3/22) 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, 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 base-runners in the game and retiring eight straight batters at one point.

QUINNIPIACBOBCATS.COM
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.

QU ATHLETIC SCHEDULES
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ON DECK
Quinnipiac returns home for a pair of midweek games on Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9. The Bobcats welcome Rhode Island and Hartford to the QU Baseball Field, both  games starting at 3 p.m.