Quinnipiac University (11-29, 10-10 NEC) vs.
Fairleigh Dickinson University (10-31, 5-15 NEC)
May 7-8, 2010
Quinnipiac Baseball Field - Hamden, Conn.
Quinnipiac will host Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. for a two-day, four-game Northeast Conference series. On Friday, Quinnipiac and FDU will hit the field at 12 Noon for a nine-inning game, followed by a seven-inning game. They are also scheduled to play at 12 p.m. on Saturday, this time with a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning game. Quinnipiac is currently 11-29 overall and 10-10 in the NEC, tied for fifth place in the conference standings. Fairleigh Dickinson is 10-31 overall and 5-15 in conference play.
Bryant (15-5) currently sits in first place in the NEC standings, but the Bulldogs are not eligible for postseason play until the 2010-11 season. With that, Sacred Heart (12-8) currently holds the top seed in the NEC Tournament. Wagner (11-9) sit behind the Pioneers, and will host Sacred Heart this weekend. Monmouth (13-11) took three of four against the Bobcats this past weekend to shoot into third place. The Hawks are off this weekend. Central Connecticut and Quinnipiac are currently tied for the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament. Quinnipiac took three of four against CCSU two weekends ago and will face ninth-place Fairleigh Dickinson this weekend. Central Connecticut State will face sixth place Mount St. Mary's (11-13) in Emmitsburg, Md.
Corner Outfield With Some Pop
Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) continued his hot hitting this week, as the third-year left fielder posted a .476 (10-21) average with a pair of doubles. Farina was 2-for-4 against Monmouth in the first game of the Bobcats' four-game series, and followed that up with a 5-for-8 doubleheader, including a 4-for-4 day that produced two RBI's in the nightcap of the twinbill.
Farina became the 17th player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 160-hit mark, and the 14th in the University's Division I history. He is also the Bobcats only active hitter with two 50-hit seasons in his career.
Benny The Bat
Farina is second on the team with 15 multiple-hit games, including seven in his last 11 games out.
Quietly Making His Way To The Front Of The
For the year, Farina leads the Bobcats in average (.350), runs scored (31), hits (56) and doubles (11) while his slugging percentage (.438) and on-base percentage (.390) both rank second.
Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) continued his consistent hitting against Northeast Conference competition as he hit .500 (6-12) against Monmouth for the weekend series. Bartlett strung together three-straight two-hit performances against the Hawks, pushing his season average against the NEC to .316. Barlett has reached base safely in 17 of Quinnipiac's 18 conference games, while recording a hit in 13 of them.
To Back Home Run Games
Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) and Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) both homered in both games of Saturday's doubleheader against Monmouth. For the year, Monack leads Quinnipiac with seven homeruns, 36 RBI, as well as a .507 slugging percentage and a .413 on-base percentage. Monack's 23 bases-on-balls lead Quinnipiac, while his 30 runs scored rank second. Migani is second on the roster with four homeruns, while also driving in 20 runs.