Baseball Hosts Rhode Island On Tuesday, April 13 At 3 PM

Quinnipiac University (3-21) vs.
University of Rhode Island (14-14)
April 13, 2010 - 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac Baseball Field - Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats And Rams
The Quinnipiac University baseball team will host the University of Rhode Island in a non-conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. on Tuesday, April at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac enters the game with an overall record of 3-21 while Rhode Island is 14-14 to date.

Katie Vashon Day
Sunday, April 18, 2010 will be 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.

Big Hitters
In four games last week, Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) and Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) both batted .500 (8-16). Migani connected for his first homerun of the season against Brown on Tuesday, April 6, a two-run homer early in the game.

Breaking Out
Migani entered the week hitting .156 in 14 games played and managed one hit in his previous 18 at-bats over the five games heading into the game against Brown. The sophomore infielder broke out in a big way, posting a 3-for-5 showing against the Bears that include two runs scored. He was then 2-for-4 against Dartmouth on Wednesday, April 7 for a 2-for-4 day against Fairfield at home on Saturday, April 10. For the week, he led all Bobcats with a .750 slugging percentage, while he and Poletsky tied for the team lead in average (.500), hits (8) and on-base percentage.

Joe Poletsky had three multiple-hit games in the four-game week to push his team-leading multi-hit outings to 10 games. The junior third baseman was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI's before a 2-for-3 showing with a double against Dartmouth. He was also 3-for-4 against Fairfield on Sunday.

Hit Leader
For the year, Poletsky is hitting .309 (29-94) with five doubles, 10 RBI and nine runs scored while his 29 hits lead the Bobcats.

Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) also entered the game against Brown in a similar slump to Migani's, with three hits in his last 17 at-bats over the previous six games. In four games last week, Amanti batted .438 (7-16) with three multiple-hit outings and hit in each game. Against Dartmouth, Amanti was 2-for-5 with his first homerun of the season. He followed that showing up with two-hit games against Fairfield on Saturday and Sunday.

Welcome Aboard Mick!
Mickey Amanti picked up his 100th career hit against Brown this week. Amanti became the 54th player in Quinnipiac history and the 26th in the Bobcats' Division I history to record 100 career hits. Amanti is the third Quinnipiac player to reach the 100-hit mark this season, and the fourth active player, joining Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.), who recorded his 100th hit last season, as well as Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) and Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.).

Power Numbers
Brian Monack drove in a team-high five runs last week, pushing his team-leading RBI total to 18. Monack also leads the team in slugging percentage (.437) and walks (17) while his .394 on-base percentage is second on the team. Monack also leads the team with six multiple-RBI games.

Gabe Ruth?
Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) and Amanti are tied for the longest active hitting streak (six games) on the Bobcats roster. Migani and Poletsky sit behind them with five-game hitting streaks.

Respect The Streak
Freshman Alex Russow (Milford, Conn.) pitched three innings of scoreless ball against Fairfield. Last week's Akadema/NEC Rookie and Pitcher of the Week now has a 14-inning scoreless streak over his last three appearances.