April 2, 2009

Baseball Opens Northeast Conference Schedule At Mount St. Mary's This Weekend

Quinnipiac University (7-13, 0-0 NEC) at

Mount St. Mary's University (8-10, 0-0 NEC)

Friday, April 3, 2009 – 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, 2009 – 12 p.m. (DH)

Sunday, April 5, 2009 – 12 p.m.

Straw Family Stadium – Emmittsburg, Md.

On The Air

Mike Radomski – WQAQ.com

Bobcats Radio Network

The Mount

The Bobcats will travel to Emmittsburg, Md. this weekend to face Mount St. Mary's University in a four-game series to open its Northeast Conference schedule. Quinnipiac is currently 7-13 overall with all seven of their wins coming in their last 10 games. Mount St. Mary's is 8-10 overall with a record of 5-3 at Straw Family Stadium.

On The Air

Mike Radomski will have the play-by-play for this weekend's action. The live audio feed can be found at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.

350 and 450

With wins against Michigan State and Xavier, Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley won his 350th game at Quinnipiac and 450th all-time. Now in his 24th year, and 19th at Quinnipiac, Gooley carries a 455-402-8 (.531) all-time record and a 354-312-7(.532) record at Quinnipiac.

Last Time Against The Mount

Quinnipiac lost three of four to Mount St. Mary's last season, who went on to win the Northeast Conference in 2008.

All-Time Against The Mount

The Bobcats have won 19 of the 30 meetings between the two teams dating back to their first match-up in 1999. Mount St. Mary's won three of four games last season as well as four of the last six meetings between the two teams. In 14 meetings on Mount St. Mary's home field, Quinnipiac is 8-6.

Athlete of the Month

Brian Monack (Orange, Conn.) was named the Eli's Restaurant Group/Quinnipiac March Athlete of the Month. Monack led Quinnipiac with a .313 average and a team high 15 hits in 13 games played. He currently boasts a team-best 10-game hitting streak in the month, while he also tied for the team lead in homeruns (2) and RBI (7). He's also scored four runs, while carrying a team-high .456 slugging percentage and a .365 on-base percentage, good for second on the team. Monack also pitched two innings against College of Charleston on March 10, holding C of C scoreless on two hits while striking out two. Monack made a spectacular catch in the game that landed him as the top play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 for the second time in his career. He was also the No. 2 play for ESPN's Plays of the Week.

"Hi Honey, We're Streaking...Everybody's Doing it..."

Brian Monack currently holds a team-best 11-game hitting streak, the longest of his career.

The Point To Center

Bobcats manager Dan Gooley used Monack in the ninth inning of Quinnipiac's 5-3 win against Yale on Tuesday. Monack pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his second appearance of the day for the first save of his career.

Double G

Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) was 3-for-3 with his first career homerun in Quinnipiac's 5-3 win against Yale on Tuesday, April 1. In 12 games, including seven starts, Guerino is batting .444 (12-27) with a homerun and seven RBI as well as five runs scored. He also carries a team-high .556 slugging percentage.

Big Man Coming Up Big

Guerino (6-0, 245 lbs.) has put up solid numbers in just 12 games played. Guerino is hitting .467 (7-15) with runners on base and is batting 1.000 (4-4) when leading off an inning. The freshman first baseman is also hitting .417 (5-12) with runners in scoring position. He has also advanced a runner in 13 of 18 at-bats with runners on base.

Taking The Pole

Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) currently leads Quinnipiac with 10 RBI in 18 games played. Poletsky also leads the team in multiple-RBI games (three) and triples (two) while also collecting three doubles on the year.

Three-Spot

Through its first 19 games, Quinnipiac is 5-3 with Monack batting in the third spot of the lineup and 2-10 with any other Bobcat.

Gloor Slays The Bearcats

In his only start of the week, Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) held Binghamton to one run on seven hits over eight innings while striking out 10. In his first four appearances of the season, Chris Gloor compiled an 0-3 record with a 10.05 ERA after allowing 19 runs (16 earned) on 20 hits over 14 1/3 innings, while striking out 15 and walking 10.

Heating Up

In his last two starts, including Friday's win against Binghamton, Gloor is 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA after totaling 23 strikeouts on 13 hits over 17 innings pitched. For the season, Gloor is 2-3 with a 5.74 ERA and a team-best 38 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings pitched.

Atta Boy Mo

Monack batted a team-high .429 (6-14) in four games last week as Quinnipiac posted a 3-1 record, including wins in its last three games – all at home. Monack also had his first homerun of the season, while he drove in four runs and scored two more for the week. Monack opened the week with a 2-for-4 showing with a double and a run scored against Army on March 24. Monack also reached a third time in the game when he was hit by a pitch. After a 1-for-4 showing against Binhamton, Monack was 3-for-6 in a doubleheader sweep of Vermont in which he also drove in four runs.

Mo' Stuff

For the season, Monack leads the team with a .314 average (16-51) with a double, two homeruns, eight RBI and five runs scored. He also carries a .375 on-base percentage and a .471 slugging percentage.

Not Your Average Joe

Joe Duffy (Commack, N.Y.) spun a complete game shut-out against Vermont in the second half of a twinbill on Saturday. Duffy held the Catamounts to three hits over seven innings while striking out seven to improve to 1-3 on the season. Duffy's win against Vermont is his first of the year as he improves to 1-3 with a 6.51 ERA. He ranks second on the team with 25 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings pitched.

The Mayer of Mt. Carmel
Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) picked up the victory in the first game of Quinnipiac's doubleheader against Vermont, holding the Catamounts to two runs on five hits while striking out five over six innings pitched. Mayer improves to 2-2 overall with a 6.39 ERA. Mayer has struck out 20 batters over 25 1/3 innings while walking just 10 batters.

Kandyman

Michael Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.) was literally untouchable in two games last week, picking up a pair of saves in Quinnipiac's wins against Binghamton on Friday and the Bobcats' first game against Vermont on Saturday. Oskandy pitched two perfect innings in two days, facing the minimum six batters, while striking out four. For the year, Oskandy is 1-2 with two saves and a team-best 3.29 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings pitched.