Baseball Hosts Bryant For Pivotal NEC Weekend Series

Quinnipiac University (14-31, 13-11 NEC) vs.
Bryant University (27-21, 18-6 NEC)
May 13-15, 2010
Quinnipiac Baseball Field - Hamden, Conn.

Fight To The Finish
Quinnipiac will host Bryant for a four-game Northeast Conference series this weekend. The Bobcats and Bulldogs face-off on Thursday, May 13 at 3 p.m. for a nine-inning game, followed by a pair of seven-inning games on Friday, May 14 at 12 p.m. They finish up their NEC series on Saturday, May 15 at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac is currently 13-11 in the NEC and 14-31 overall while Bryant is 18-6 in league play and 27-21 on the season. Quinnipiac has won four of its last six NEC games while Bryant has won six of its last eight games.

Playoff Picture
With the NEC Baseball Tournament set to begin on May 27, the top four seeds are far from being decided. Bryant (18-6) sits in first place, but will not be eligible for the league tournament this season. Sacred Heart (15-9) sits in second place and will host third place Monmouth (13-11) this weekend as well. Quinnipiac (13-11), tied with Monmouth, faces Bryant while Central Connecticut (12-12) and Wagner (12-12), tied for fifth, will play in New Britain. Mount St. Mary's (13-15) will play ninth place Fairleigh Dickinson (6-18) while Long Island is idle in conference play this weekend. Quinnipiac heads to Wagner next weekend for its final NEC series of the season.

Big Ben
Against UMass on Tuesday, Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) extended his team-best hit streak to 18 games with a 3-for-5 day, that also included a stolen base. The streak is the longest at Quinnipiac since last season when Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) had a 19-game hitting streak as a freshman.

Exclusive Club
Farina also became the seventh player in Quinnipiac history to reach 65 hits in a season and trails current assistant coach Tim Binkoski's record of 81 hits in 2006.

Climbing The Charts
In addition, Farina elevated his career total to 174, good for 14th place all-time at Quinnipiac and 13th in the Bobcats' Division I era.

Among The NEC
Farina is also one of eight players in the Northeast Conference to reach the 60-hit mark this season.