March 24, 2011

Baseball Travels To Mount St. Mary's For Northeast Conference Series This Weekend

Quinnipiac University (7-6, 3-1 NEC) at Mount St. Mary's (7-8, 2-2 NEC)
Friday, March 25, 2011 - 12 p.m. (9-Inning, 7-Inning)
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 12 p.m. (7-Inning, 9-Inning)
E.T. Straw Family Stadium - Emmitsburg, Md.

At The Mount
Quinnipiac will travel to Emmitsburg, Md. to face Mount St. Mary's in a four-game Northeast Conference series at the E.T. Straw Family Stadium. The Bobcats and the Mount will play a pair of doubleheaders on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26. Friday's contests will begin at 1:00 p.m., while Saturday's doubleheader will start at noon.

Live Stats
Live statistics are available for the Bobcats' series at Mount St. Mary's.

All-Time Against Mount St. Mary's
Quinnipiac is 20-18 all-time against Mount St. Mary's, including an 8-10 record at the Mount's home ballpark. The Bobcats won 17 of the first 24 meetings between the two teams while the Mount has won 11 of the last 14 games. Quinnipiac is 1-0 all-time against the Mount in the NEC Tournament and 1-0 in extra innings against Mount St. Mary's.

Scouting The Mount
Mount St. Mary's is currently 7-8 overall and 2-2 in the Northeast Conference. The Mount has won four its last six games, including a four-game series split against Wagner last weekend in Staten Island, N.Y. Mount St. Mary's is led by Zach Helman, who is batting .415 (17-41), good for third in the NEC. The Mount is the only team in the NEC with three players ranked in the top 10 in batting as Michael Foster (.377) and Tommy Flynn (.373) hold down the No. 9 and 10 spots, respectively. Flynn is also tied for the NEC lead with seven stolen bases. Pitchers Max Brittenham and Vincent Molesky also fall into the top 10 in earned-run average as Brittenham is fifth with a 2.77 ERA and Molesky is 10th at 3.80.

Historical Start
Quinnipiac, at 7-6 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.

In First Place
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.

Outscoring FDU
The Bobcats outscored the Knights 26-14 for the series.

Comeback Kids?
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

Mr. 200
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.

Pitching Leaders
Quinnipiac weekend-starters Anthony Cinelli and Derek Lamaccia currently sit in first and third place, respectively, in earned-run average. Cinelli checks in at 0.64 while Lamaccia is at 1.00.

The Mick
Mickey Amanti currently leads the team, and ranks among the NEC leaders, in hits (21), average (.375), doubles (4), runs scored (11) and total bases (22).