Baseball Takes On Hartford On Tuesday, April 20

Quinnipiac University (6-23) vs
University of Hartford (6-20)
April 20, 2010 - 3 p.m.
Fiondella Field - West Hartford, Conn.

Heading To The Hart-Beat
Quinnipiac will travel to West Hartford, Conn. on Tuesday, April 20 for a non-conference game against the University of Hartford at 3 p.m. at Fiondella Field. Quinnipiac won three out of four against Long Island this weekend to improve to 6-23 overall while Hartford is 6-20.

Akadema/NEC Co-Player of the Week
Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) was named the Akadema/Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week, along with Central Connecticut's Pat Epps, after leading the Bobcats to three wins in their four-game series against Long Island this past weekend. Amanti hit a gaudy .714 in the series with 10 hits in 14 at-bats.

All-Time Quinnipiac Akadema/Northeast Conference Player of the Week Honors
Amanti is the 18th Quinnipiac baseball player to win the NEC weekly award in the program's Division I history.

Mickey Amanti, 2010
John Delaney, 2008 (Twice)
Randy Gress, 2007
Jeff Mainetti, 2007
Peter Kummerfeldt, 2007
Tim Binkoski, 2006
Randy Gress, 2006
Jeff Mainetti, 2006
Wilson Matos, 2005
Bryan Sabatella, 2005 (Twice)
Ryan Rizzo, 2005
Albert Marano, 2004
Nate Noyes, 2000
Joe Boccaccio, 2000

Out Of The Nine-Spot
Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) entered the Bobcats' weekend series against Long Island with two hits in his last 20 at-bats spanning the previous seven games. Bartlett entered Friday's game as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and turned on the first pitch of the at-bat for a single to right field. Bartlett later scored, and then came up to hit again in the bottom of the eighth, once-again jumping on the first pitch he saw in the at-bat for a line drive to right field. Back in the line-up for the remainder of the series, he hit .556 (5 for 9) in the series with four runs scored. On Sunday, in a 11-10 nail-biting win, Bartlett was 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. For the year, Bartlett is second on the team with 17 walks. Despite a .158 batting average, he has posted a .368 on-base percentage out of the nine-spot in the line-up.

The Hit Leader
Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) had a solid week as well, hitting .467 in the Bobcats' series against LIU. Poletsky was 7-for-15 in the series with five RBI and three runs scored. On Friday, Poletsky was 2-for-4 with three RBI, and also collected a pair of hits in two of the last three games of the series. Poletsky also drove in two runs on Sunday.

Doing It Consistently
Poletsky leads the team with 13 multiple-hit games, including five with multiple RBI.

Joe Po - Fo Sho
For the year, Poletsky is second on the team with a .319 average with a team-high 36 hits, while also totaling six doubles, 15 RBI and 12 runs scored.

Big Game For The Back Stop
After going 2-for-11 over the previous four games, team batting leader Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) broke-out in the fourth and final game of the Bobcats' series against Long Island. Nisson was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI while also scoring one run.

Having A Nice Year
For the year, Nisson is hitting at a team-high .337 clip with 29 hits, two doubles, two triples, 13 RBI and seven runs scored. His .407 slugging percentage ranks third on the roster, while his .406 on-base percentage also leads the Bobcats.

License To Carry
Behind the plate, Nisson has thrown-out 16 of 48 base-runners this season.

He Made The Blackbirds Completely Miserable
Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) hurled a complete-game shutout in the second game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader to earn a split with Long Island on Saturday. Birdsall held Long Island to four hits over seven innings for the complete game to improve to 2-3 on the season. Birdsall struck out five, and walked four. After a double by Derek Stupski in the second inning, Birdsall gave up just one hit the rest of the way, a single by Derek Walsh in the top of the sixth inning. After putting a pair of runners on base in the third, Birdsall sat down eight straight through the sixth. He improved to 2-3 on the season, while lowering his earned-run average to 4.18.

You're In Good Company Rook
Alex Russow (Milford, Conn.), improved to 2-0 on the season after picking up the win on Sunday against LIU. Russow ran his team-best consecutive scoreless innings streak to 18 innings before giving up a run in the fourth inning. It was the longest stretch of scoreless innings since Chris Gloor '09 pitched 18 2/3 over three starts in April and May last season.

Atta Boy Jumbo!
Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) picked up his first career save on Sunday after pitching the final 3 1/3 innings of the game, allowing two runs on three hits while walking three.

Kandy Man
Mike Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.) picked up the win on Friday in the Bobcats' 9-5 win against the Blackbirds. Oskandy struck-out a career-best eight batters to improve to 2-4 on the season. Oskandy allowed three runs on six hits over eight innings. For the year, Oskandy leads the team with 27 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings pitched.