Quinnipiac University (9-20, 2-6 NEC) vs.
Central Connecticut State University (13-11, 3-4 NEC)
April 17, 2009 - 3 p.m. - 9 Inn.
Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 12 p.m. (DH)
Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac Baseball Field - Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University baseball team takes on Central Connecticut State University in a Northeast Conference showdown scheduled for Apr. 17-19. The in-state rivals face-off in a nine-inning game on Friday, April 17 at 3 p.m., a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday, April 18 at 12 p.m. and a nine-inning game on Sunday, April 19 at 12 p.m. Quinnipiac enters the game at 9-20 overall and 2-6 in the Northeast Conference while Central Connecticut State stands at 13-11 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
Katie Vashon Day
Saturday, April 18 is Katie Vashon Day at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field. Her father, Jim Vashon, will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch while Katie's sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, will be holding a bake sale to raise funds for the Katie Vashon Endowment at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine. The money raised allows for two children suffering from chronic illnesses and their families to spend one week each summer at this camp which was held close to Katie's heart.
Katie Vashon was a senior from Hermon, Maine who worked in the Quinnipiac University Sports Information Department for four years before she suddenly passed away after a brief battle with leukemia in 2005. Katie was majoring in public relations and belonged to the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority as well as the School of Communications honorary society Lambda Pi Eta.
Riding The Tide
It's been an up-and-down year for Ben Farina who batted .292 (14-48) through Quinnipiac's first 11 games of the season, with a homerun and four RBI. Farina slumped over the next 10 games, hitting .097 (3-31) with just three runs scored before his recent success over Quinnipiac's last eight games. In that stretch, in which he has played seven games, Farina is batting .391 (9-23) with three homeruns, 13 RBI and five runs scored. In addition, he leads the team with a .870 slugging percentage. For the year, Farina is batting .255 (26-102) while leading the team with, eight doubles, four homeruns and 15 RBI. His 14 runs scored rank second on the team.
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 457-409-8 (.531) all-time record and a 356-319-7(.532) record at Quinnipiac.
In The Books
Senior pitcher Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) became the first Quinnipiac player since the University's ascension to the Division I ranks to win 20 games for his career in Game 2 of the Bobcats' doubleheader against Wagner. The Division I career wins leaders sits in second place all-time at Quinnipiac, trailing all-time leader Tom Signore '85 with 21 wins. Against Wagner, Mayer was tagged for five runs on eight hits over seven innings pitched while walking five. It's his third win in his last four starts as he improves to 3-2 overall. Mayer's seven-inning complete game is his second of the season.
1. Tom Signore 85 21
T2. Pat DeMaio 61 20
Dan Gooley 70 20
Dan O'Neil 86 20
5. Andy Mayer 09 20
6. Pat Egan 07 19
Showing His Stuff
Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) also spun his second complete game of the season on Saturday, holding Wagner to three runs while scattering eight hits over nine innings pitched. Gloor struck out five in the win. Gloor now stands at 3-3 on the year with a 5.06 earned-run average, tops among all Quinnipiac starters. Gloor has also struck out 54 batters over 48 innings pitched.
Last Man On The Roster
Gabe Guerino is currently batting a team-high .352 (19-54) with two homeruns, eight RBI and nine runs scored. Guerino also has a team-high .431 on-base percentage and .481 slugging percentage. In addition, Guerino is hitting at a .636 (7-11) clip when leading off an inning, also a team-high.
Athlete of the Month
Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) was named the Eli's Restaurant Group/Quinnipiac March Athlete of the Month. During the month of March, Monack led Quinnipiac with a .313 average and a team high 15 hits in 13 games played. 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.
The Point To Center
Bobcats manager Dan Gooley used Monack in the ninth inning of Quinnipiac's 5-3 win against Yale. Monack pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his second appearance of the season for the first save of his career.
Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) currently leads Quinnipiac in hits (28) and is third in runs scored (13), while also chipping in with two homeruns and 11 RBI.
Lucky Number Seven
#7 Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) leads the team in runs scored (16), while also contributing with two homeruns, six doubles and 13 RBI. Marmo also has a team-high 14 walks.
Taking The Pole
Sophomore Joe Poletsky (Greenwich, Conn.) is currently second on the team with 14 RBI. Poletsky is second on the team with five multiple-RBI games and eight two-out RBI.