The Bobcats open the 2011 season at the Coastal Carolina Tournament at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C.., The Bobcats were originally schedule to play single games against Marshall on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5. Due to inclement weather, the Bobcats will instead play a doubleheader against Marshall on Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Quinnipiac was also scheduled to play Ball State on Sunday, March 6, but will instead play the Cardinals on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. The venue for the tournament also changed, as it will now be played on Coastal Carolina's on-campus facility. This is the first time Quinnipiac will face Marshall and Ball State in its Division I history. Marshall is 3-3 overall while Ball State is 1-5 on the season, and will play Coastal Carolina twice and Marshall before facing the Bobcats on Sunday.
Northeast Conference Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll
The Quinnipiac University baseball team was picked to finish seventh in the 2011 Northeast Conference Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll, released by the NEC office on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The Bobcats will return 19 players from last year's roster that finished 2010 at 14-39 overall and 13-19 in NEC play.
Northeast Conference Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Central Connecticut State (2)
2. Monmouth (4)
3. Bryant (3)
5. Sacred Heart
6. Mount St. Mary's
8. Long Island
9. Fairleigh Dickinson
While Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley will look to replace the power bat and incredible fielding of center fielder Brian Monack, who blasted seven home runs and drove in 42 runs as a senior last year, as well as weekend starter Mike Oskandy, who led the Bobcats with 79 innings pitched in his final season, Quinnipiac will bring back six of its nine position starters, as well as an experienced pitching core.
Quinnipiac baseball junior Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) has been named as a captain by head coach Dan Gooley for the 2011 season. Migani is the first captain at Quinnipiac under Gooley since the 1983 season. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) and Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) have been named as co-captains.
Migani enters his junior year with 104 career hits through his first two seasons, becoming just the third player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to reach the 100-hit mark as a sophomore, joining assistant captain Ben Farina and current Quinnipiac assistant coach Tim Binkoski as the three players to do so.
Joe Poletsky was the 27th player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to be honored with an All-Northeast Conference selection and the first since Chris Gloor was named to the Second Team in 2009. He is the first position player since John Delaney was named to the First Team in 2008, also at third base.
Ben Farina enters his senior year as the Bobcats' active hit leader, with 181 for his career, which is also good for 12th in Quinnipiac Division I history.
Farina was the second player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 100-hit mark as a sophomore, while his 72 hits last season are the fourth highest single-season total in program history.
Farina needs just 19 hits to become the seventh player in program history to reach 200 hits, and 67 to break the all-time record of 245 held by current Bobcat assistant Tim Binskoski.
The Bobcats' active leader in doubles, with 41, Farina enters his final season needing seven to break Binskoski's record of 47.
On April 19, 2010, Mickey Amanti was named the 18th Quinnipiac baseball player in Northeast Conference history to be honored with the conference's Player of the Week award. Amanti became the first player since 2008, when John Delaney won the award twice, after leading the Bobcats to three wins in their four-game weekend series against Long Island. Amanti hit a gaudy .714 in the series with 10 hits in 14 at-bats.
After losing his first two starts against NEC schools, Anthony Cinelli went 3-0 in conference play, allowing seven runs over 20 innings pitched in his next three starts.
In 2010, Kyle Birdsall led all Quinnipiac starters in ERA (4.83), opposing batting average (.268), wins (four) and was second in innings pitched (63.1) and strikeouts (41).
Mike Bartlett reached base safely in 18 straight games from Apr. 16 through May 8.
Call Him Jumbo
Andrew Rinaldi led the team with a career-high three saves in 2010. His first save came against LIU, while he also closed games against Central Connecticut State and Fairleigh Dickinson.
Bring On The Knights
Kyle Nisson's 10 hits in the Bobcats four-game series against Fairleigh Dickinson were the most against one team for a Quinnipiac player in 2010.