Quinnipiac Bobcats (13-19) vs. Hartford (3-25-1)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac Baseball Field - Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University baseball team will host the University of Hartford on Tuesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac is currently 13-19 on the season while Hartford comes to Mt. Carmel with a record of 3-25-1.
Live stats will be available for Tuesday's non-conference match-up against Hartford, as well as live audio provided QBSN.
With the threat of inclement weather, Bobcat fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for up-to-the-minute schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights.
Scouting The Hawks
Hartford is currently 3-25-1 overall with just two wins in their last 10 games, but are coming off a 4-1 win against Maine this weekend. James Alfonso leads Hartford with a .309 average (25-81) as well as doubles (6), slugging percentage (.420), walks (16) and on-base percentage (.430). Simon Kudernatsch has rapped out a team-best 29 hits in 29 games while leading the team in runs scored (12), RBI (15) and stolen bases (7).
Joe Poletsky's (Riverside, Conn.) two RBI's this weekend gave the senior All-NEC third baseman 100 career runs-batted-in. Poletsky is now the 14th player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 100 RBI mark and the 10th player in program history to reach 170 hits, 100 RBI and 30 doubles for his career.
Solid Weekend For The Migs
Junior captain Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) led the Bobcats in hits (8), runs (4), doubles (2), RBI (4) and slugging percentage (.526) for the week while batting .421 (8-19) over five games played. Migani was 3-for-3 with a run scored in the second game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Friday, April 15 and was 4-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored in the second game of the Bobcats' twinbill on Sunday, April 17 against Long Island.
Putting Together A Good Year Too
For the year, Migani is hitting .325 (37-114) while leading the team in doubles (9), home runs (3), RBI (24) and slugging percentage (.482). Migani has also scored 22 runs and is second on the roster with 15 walks for the year.
We're Going To Wally-World
Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) extended his team-best hitting streak to six games with a hit in all five of the Bobcats' games this week. Nisson batted a team-high .438 (7-16) while also posting a .500 slugging and on-base percentage. Nisson capped off a solid week with a 3-for-4 afternoon that included RBI's on the tying and go-ahead run in the final game of the Bobcats' four-game tilt against Long Island.
For the season, Nisson is hitting .343 (34-99) with three doubles, 11 runs scored and 14 RBI. He leads the team with a .426 on-base percentage.
Go-To Arm Out of the 'Pen
Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.) appeared in two games last week, holding the opposition scoreless in 4 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. After a scoreless inning worked against Rhode Island, Castodio spun 3 1/3 of hitless, scoreless baseball against Long Island while striking out seven of the 10 batters he faced for the afternoon. Castodio has now pitched 13 2/3 innings over six relief appearances without giving up an earned run.
Birdsall's No-Hitter Earns National Recognition
Kyle Birdsall was named the CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Pitcher of the Week, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week as well as the Akadema/Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week after hurling the first no-hitter in program history against Monmouth in a 6-0 win on Saturday, April 10.
Birdsall was one of seven players honored nationally by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper this week.
He Racked Up The K's Too
Birdsall's 12 strikeouts against Monmouth in his no-hitter were a personal all-time best, as well as the most by a Northeast Conference pitcher this season.
All-Time Quinnipiac Akadema/Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week Honors
Birdsall is the ninth Quinnipiac pitcher in NEC history to win Pitcher of the Week honors and the first since Alex Russow received the award on April 6, 2010.
Kyle Birdsall, 2011
Alex Russow, 2010
Andy Mayer, 2009
Chris Gloor, 2009
Pat Egan, 2004 (Three Times)
Buddy Bengel, 2003
Kevin MacIlvane, 2003
John Melillo, 2002
Buddy Bengel, 2001
Kevin MacIlvane, 2001
Consistent Front-End Pitching
Kyle Birdsall (3-1), Anthony Cinelli (3-1), Derek Lamaccia (3-2) and George Dummar (3-3) give Quinnipiac their most three-game winners at the midway point of its league schedule since 2005 when Pat Egan, Chris Wakefield and Ari Kafka all had three wins through the Bobcats' first half of their NEC schedule.
Terror On The Base Path
Quinnipiac is the only team in the Northeast Conference with three players ranked in the top ten in steals in Ben Farina (11), Chris Migani (7) and Mickey Amanti (7).
Quinnipiac's March Athlete Of The Month
The Quinnipiac Department of Athletics and Recreation has announced that baseball senior Mickey Amanti has been named Quinnipiac's March Athletes of the Month. Amanti led the baseball team to its best start in program history as the Bobcats won 11 of their first 18 games. Amanti batted a team-high .364, including a team-leading 28 hits in 18 games for the month. Amanti also stroked five doubles and drove in nine runs while scoring 14 more. Amanti was also second with four stolen bases in the month. His most notable games included the Bobcats' season-opening win against Marshall when Amanti went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. He had multiple-hit efforts against Richmond (twice), Rider, Army, Mount St. Mary's (twice) and a 4-for-5 day against Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Bobcats' active leader in doubles, with 43, Ben Farina needs five more two-baggers to break Tim Binskoski's record of 47.