February 26, 2009

Baseball Opens 2009 Season With Three-Game Series Against University of Maryland

Quinnipiac University (0-0) at

University of Maryland (1-4)

Feb. 27 - Mar. 1

Shipley Field - College Park, Md.

On The Air

Mike Radomski, WQAQ

Season Opener

The Quinnipiac University baseball will head to College Park, Md. this weekend to take on the University of Maryland in a three-game series beginning Friday, Feb. 27 and ending onn Sunday Mar. 1. Maryland is currently 1-4 on the young season.

Pitching Probables

Chris Gloor will pitch the season-opener for the Bobcats on Friday, squaring off against Maryland right-handed pitcher Ian Schwalenberg. Gloor was 2-5 with a 5.01 ERA while leading Quinnipiac with 55 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings pitched. Schwalenberg is 0-1 after allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings in a 7-4 loss to UNC Wilmington on Feb. 22.

Andy Mayer will start on Saturday against the Terrapins, squaring off with Maryland righty Scott Swinson. Last season, Mayer was 3-3 with a 4.68 ERA over a team-best 65 1/3 innings. Swinson pitched 4 1/3 innings against UNC Willington on Feb. 21, allowing four runs, including three unearned, on seven hits.

Mike Oskandy will take the hill on Sunday against freshman southpaw Matt Fullerton or right-handed pitcher Sander Beck. Oskandy was 0-2 last season in five starts and also appeared in seven games in a relief role. Earlier this fall, Oskandy allowed one run on three hits while striking out nine over eight innings pitched in relief in the championship game of the New Haven City Series.

Northeast Conference 2009 Preseason Poll

The Quinnipiac University baseball team was picked to finish fifth in the 2009 Northeast Conference Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll as announced by the conference office today. In 2008, the Bobcats posted a record of 16-36 overall including a 9-19 ledger in NEC play. Quinnipiac missed the NEC Tournament for the first time in five seasons. Monmouth received five first-place votes and were tabbed the favorite in the conference for the third time in five seasons. Central Connecticut State grabbed two first-place votes for the second spot, followed by Wagner with one first-place vote. Mount St. Mary's, who won the NEC crown a year ago, landed in fourth place, followed by the Bobcats. Long Island, Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson filled out the remaining three spots.

Securing The Hill

Quinnipiac will rely on an experienced veteran pitching rotation led by right-handed starter Andy Mayer, who has led the Bobcats in innings pitched games started in each of the last three seasons. Left-handed starter Chris Gloor is a Major League Baseball prospect that was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 39th round of last year's draft. Mike Oskandy has played a variety of roles but is coming off a promising summer season in which he was named an NECBL All-Star which he carried into a successful fall season.

Swinging The Sticks

After their pitching, Quinnipiac will look to seven returning starters that featured six hitters that collected over 40 hits last season. Bryn Doyle has hit over .300 in each of the last two seasons. Sophomores Mickey Amanti and Ben Farina had promising freshman campaigns as Farina was second on the team in hits (63), doubles (13) and runs scored (34). The freshman outfielder was also the only Quinnipiac player to start all of the Bobcats' 52 games.

Those Guys Were Pretty Good

Quinnipiac will have to overcome the loss of their top two hitters, John Delaney and Pete Kummerfeldt. Delaney was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 25th round of last year's Major League Baseball draft. Delaney was a three-time All-Northeast Conference selection that led the Bobcats in homeruns (9), runs batted in (40), hits (66), runs scored (49), at-bats (196), batting average (.337), doubles (15), slugging percentage (.571) and triples (2). Kummerfeldt was the Bobcats' starting first baseman who totaled 63 hits, eight homeruns, 38 RBI while batting .330 on the year. On the hill, Quinnipiac will have to overcome the loss of Tyler Brett who led Quinnipiac in ERA (4.60), appearances (13), complete games (three) while also finishing second in innings pitched (62 2/3) and strikeouts (51).

Fresh Meat

Quinnipiac will look to several talented freshman in Chris Migani, penciled as the Bobcats' starting second baseman, Neil Mammele, a 6-4 right-handed pitcher, Tim O'Sullivan, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher, and Gabe Guerino, a hard-hitting, left-handed first baseman.