Quinnipiac University (12-10) vs. Dartmouth College (12-6)
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac Baseball Field
Bobcats and The Big Green
The Quinnipiac University baseball team will host Dartmouth College on Wednesday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac is 12-10 overall while Dartmouth comes to Hamden with a record of 12-6 on the season. With the threat of inclement weather, Bobcat fans are urged to refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for the latest schedule changes, as well as up-to-the-minute news, scores and highlights.
Dartmouth is currentl 12-6 on the season following a doubleheader loss to Penn this weekend. Prior to their twinbill loss, Dartmouth had won eight staight heading into the weekend. Dartmouth is hitting .329 as a team and have clubbed 13 home runs for the year. Ennis Coble leads Dartmouth with a .413 (26-63) average while also driving in a team-high 20 runs. Joe Sclafani leads the team in hits (31), runs scored (23) and triples (3). Chris O'Dowd has connected for a team-best five home runs this year and is slugging at a .628 percentage. On the mound, Dartmouth features four players with ERA's under 3.00, including three that have logged at least 24 innings a piece. Michael Johnson is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in six games while Kyle Hendricks has posted a 1.73 ERA in four games. Hendricks has pitched a team-high 26 innings while leading the team with 34 strikeouts. Kyle Hunter (3-1, 2.52) and Cole Sulser (2-0, 2.92, 28 K's) have also been solid for the Big Green this season.
The Bobcats host Monmouth this weekend in a meeting of the Northeast Conference's two first place teams. The Bobcats will play a nine-inning game on Friday, April 8, followed by a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday, April 9 at 12 p.m.
Katie Vashon Day
On Sunday, April 10, Quinnipiac will host Katie Vashon Day. Katie was a student employee in the Quinnipiac Sports Information office before passing from a brief illness. Every year, Quinnipiac Athletics and Phi Sigma Sigma, Katie's sorority, honor Katie's memory. Her father, Jim, will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch while Phi Sigma Sigma will hold a bake sale to raise money for teh Katie Vashon Endowment at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine. The money raised allows for two children suffering from chronic illnesses and their families to spend one week each summer together at the camp.
YOUR First Place Bobcats
Quinnipiac struggled to a 1-5 record last week as they dropped to 12-10 overall and 8-4 in the NEC. They are now tied for first place with Monmouth, who they host this weekend at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn
In five games last week, junior captain Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) had a team-high eight hits on his way to hitting at a .400 clip (8-20). His 12 total bases were also a team-high, as was his .600 slugging percentage. Migani hit safely in all five games, going 1-for-4 against Yale on Wednesday, before going 7-16 against Sacred Heart in a four-game series this weekend. In the first game of the Series, Migani was 3-for-5, before following up with a hit in each of the next two games. In the final game of the series, Migani was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the 7th inning that pulled the Bobcats within a run of Sacred Heart.
Good Early Numbers
For the year, Migani is hitting .325 (25-76) while leading the team in runs scored (16), doubles (7), home runs (6), RBI (16), slugging percentage (.500), total bases (38) and on-base percentage (.443), while his six stolen bases are good for second.
A Sign Of Consistency
Migani also currently owns a six-game hitting streak and leads the team with four multiple-RBI games.
Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) has hit safely in a team-best 11 straight games through Sunday. Amanti leads the team in hits (32), average (.352) and is tied for the team-lead with 16 runs scored. He also has driven in nine runs out of the lead-off spot, while posting a .407 slugging percentage and a .398 on-base percentage.
Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) batted a team-high .412 (7-17) for the week while playing an errorless third base in 13 chances. For the year, Poletsky is hitting .293 (24-82) with a home run, 12 RBI, six doubles and 11 runs scored. An all-NEC selection last season, Poletsky is also slugging at a .402 percentage.
Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) hit. 389 (7-18) for the week with a run scored while also reaching base in 45% of his trips to the plate. For the year, Farina is hitting .297 (27-91) with 11 RBI. Farina currently ranks four all-time in career hits, trailing Wilson Matos '07 in third place.
Career Hits (Division I Ranking)
1. (1) Tim Binkoski '07 245
2. (2) Ryan Rizzo '07 238
3. (3) Wilson Matos '07 211
4. (4) Ben Farina '11 209