Baseball Travels To University of Richmond This Weekend

Quinnipiac University (2-1) vs. University of Richmond (4-8-1)
March 11-13,2011
Pitt Field - Richmond, Va.

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(Courtesy of Richmond Athletics)

Get Rich(mond)
The Quinnipiac baseball team, fresh off a 2-1 weeked against Marshall and Ball State in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will head to Richmond, Virg. to take on the University of Richmond in a three-game series schedule for Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13. Friday's game is set for a 3 p.m. start while Saturday and Sunday's games are schedule for 1 p.m. Richmond enters the series with a record of 4-8-1.

Scouting The Spiders
Jacob Meyers leads the Spiders with a .396 average, while his 21 hits are also a team-high, which also includes six doubles...Phil Ruzbarsky slides into the two-spot at .359 with nine runs scored...Mike Mergenthaler is hitting .309 with two homeruns, five RBI and a team-high 10 runs scored while Robby Massar's eight RBI's are a team-best.

Akadema Northeast Conference Player of the Week
Ben Farina was named the 19th Quinnipiac player in NEC history to take home an Akadema Northeast Conference Player of the Week honor. Farina strung together three straight multiple-hit performances on his way to a .429 (6-14) average for the weekend. Farina notched two hits, stole a base, and scored a run in each of the three contests.

Farina, Quinnipiac's active hit leader, pushed his career total to 187, leaving him 13 shy of becoming the seventh player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 200-hit mark. He is currently ranked eighth at Quinnipiac all-time and sixth at the Division I level.

Fresh(man) Arms
Freshman Ryan Walsh picked up his first career save after pitching a perfect ninth inning in the Bobcats 5-4 win against Ball State on Saturday. Walsh cruised through the ninth inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

Another One
Classmate Nick Fabrizio also made his collegiate debut against Ball State. The first-year right-handed pitcher gave up one run on two hits over three innings pitched

No-swing-and-missin' Nisson
Kyle Nisson became the first Bobcat this season with a four-hit day, going 4-for-4 with two RBI against Ball State in a 5-4 win. For the weekend, Nisson batted .600 (6-10) while also walking twice and getting hit twice by a pitch for a team-best .714 on-base percentage.

Doubleplay Duo
Chris Migani and Mickey Amanti both drove in three runs on the weekend. Migani batted .400 (4-10) for the South Carolina trip, while also drawing four walks for a .533 on-base percentage.

Good Opener Mick
Amanti was a beast in the Bobcats' season-opener, driving in three runs while scoring two more in an 8-3 win.

Experienced Hurlers
Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) picked up the win in the Bobcats season opener while Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) picked up the save. Birdsall was tagged for three runs in the second inning, only two of which were earned. Birdsall picked up the victory after he scattered six hits over six innings pitched while striking out five.

2011 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.

2011 Northeast Conferenece Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Central Connecticut State (2)
2. Monmouth (4)
3. Bryant (3)
4. Wagner
5. Sacred Heart
6. Mount St. Mary's
7. Quinnipiac
8. Long Island
9. Fairleigh Dickinson

The Bobcats' active leader in doubles, with 42, Ben Farina needs six more two-baggers to break Binskoski's record of 47.