Quinnipiac will travel to West Point, N.Y. to take on the United States Military Academy on Tuesday, March 22 at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac has won three straight and stand at 7-5 overall while Army has won four of their last five to improve to 5-11 on the year.
All-Time Against Army
Quinnipiac is 2-2-2 all-time against the Black Knights, with all six games being played in West Point. Army won the last match-up between the two teams, 16-3, on March 24, 2009.
Army is currently 5-11 overall on the still-young season. The Black Knights lost nine of their first 10 games but have responded with wins in four of their last five times out on the field. Army's Zack Price currently leads the Black Knights in hits (18), runs scored (14), average (.346), walks (14) and on-base percentage (.514). Clint Moore leads three players with double digit RBI's having totaled 13 so far, just ahead of Joey Henshaw and J.T. Watkins who have each driven in 10 runs. Moore and Kevin McKague both have two homeruns this season as well. On the mound, Logan Lee and Kirk Porter have started five and four games, respectively, for the Black Knights with Lee posting a 1-4 record with a 4.50 ERA while Porter is 0-1 with a 3.86. Ken Jackson is 2-1 in six appearans totaling nine innings out of the bullpen. Ben Koenigsfeld leads Army with two saves this season.
Live stats are availabe courtesy of Army Athletics Communications for Tuesday's non-conference match-up in West Point, N.Y.
Quinnipiac, at 7-5 overall, are off their best start in the program's Division I history while their 3-1 NEC mark is their best start to conference play since the 2006 season. The Bobcats best NEC schedule start all-time was in 2004 when they won their first six conference games before finishing the NEC slate at 16-4.
After losing their NEC opener on Friday, March 18 to Fairleigh Dickinson, Quinnipiac rattled off a league-best three straight wins and currently sit in a three-way first-place tie with Central Connecticut State and Monmouth at 3-1.
The Bobcats outscored the Knights 26-14 for the series.
Sunday's series finale, in which Quinnipiac trailed 6-0 after the second inning, marked the first time in four games in which its opponent scored first that Quinnipiac won the game, and also the first time Quinnipiac trailed after the sixth inning and won
Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) continues his trek to become the seventh player in Quinnipiac history to record 200 hits with three this weekend to push his career total to 198. Farina is currently second on the team with 17 hits while leading the team with six stolen bases.
Team hit-leader Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) led Quinnipiac last week with nine hits, includin three for extra bases, while posting a .375 average. He also scored a team-high six runs. Against FDU he led Quinnipiac with six hits, three doubles and four runs scored. Amanti also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch twice to post a .474 on-base percentage. The senior shortstop was also 2-for-3 on stolen base attempts.
Amanti currently leads the team in hits (18), average (.346), doubles (4), runs scored (11) and total bases (22).
In six games last week, Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) batted .353 (6-17) with a homerun, nine RBI, two doubles and five runs scored. Migani was also 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts while posting team-highs in slugging percentage (.647) and on-base percentage (.500).
Really Wanted That Series
In the Bobcats' NEC-opening series against Fairleigh Dickinson, Migani batted .385 (5-13) including a 4-for-10 clip with a homerun, two doubles and eight RBI in the Bobcats' three wins. Migani also posted team-highs in slugging percentage (.769), total bases (10) and on-base percentage (.500). Migani stole five bases against the Knights, including three in the Bobcats' 3-2 win in Game 3 of the four-game series. The junior captain drove in Amanti with a sacrifice fly for the game-winning run in the Bobcats' 11-6 come-from-behind win in the series' final game.
For the year, Migani is hitting .297 (11-37) while leading the team in home runs (1) and RBI (12) while also totaling three doubles and scoring 10 runs. He has also posted a team-high .459 slugging percentage and a .463 on-base percentage after drawing a team-high 10 walks in 12 games.
Consistently On Base
He is one of two Quinnipiac players - along with Ben Farina - to reach base safely in all 12 of the Bobcats' games.
Power At The Corner
Third baseman Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) clubbed the Bobcats' first home run of the season, a three-run bomb in the third inning of the first game of the series that ultimately ended in a loss.
Guerino hit a team-high .389 (7-18) for the week includin a .417 (5-12)clip against FDU, with a 3-for-3 day with a two-run homer that put Quinnipiac on the board in their comeback win on Sunday.
George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) came on in relief in the fourth game of the Bobcats' four-game NEC series against Fairleigh Dickinson, with Quinnipiac trailing 6-0, and slammed the door on the Knights, holding them scoreless on five hits while striking out nine over the final eight innings pitched. Dummar didn't allow a runner past second base until the seventh inning, when he pitched out of a bases loaded jam with Quinnipiac trailing 6-4. He sat down the next four batters, through the eighth inning and to start the ninth, before giving up a single and then hitting a batter. Dummar struck out the final two batters he faced on the afternoon.
I Catch A Niner In There?
#9 Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) improved to 2-0 on the season while also lowering his earned-run-average to 0.64 after he scattered five hits over six innings while giving up two unearned runs.
In 14 innings of work to date, Cinelli has allowed 12 hits and four runs - three of which were unearned. Cinelli has pitched 10 consecutive innings, spanning three games, without giving up an earned run.
Derek Lamaccia (Whitestone, N.Y.) improved to 2-1 on the season, while lowering his ERA to 1.00, with a seven-inning shutout against FDU on Friday. Lamaccia gave up six hits while striking out five for his second straight victory.
Another Good Run
Lamacchia has given up just two earned runs in 18 innings of work this season while holding opposing teams to 16 hits and striking out 14. Lamaccia currently leads Quinnipiac in innings pitched and strikeouts.