March 9, 2012

Baseball Heads To Richmond For Three-Game Series On Mar. 9-11

Quinnipiac Bobcats (1-3) at Richmond Spiders (8-3)
Pitt Field – Richmond, Va.
Friday, March 7 – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 – 12:00 p.m.
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Bobcats and Spiders
The Quinnipiac University baseball team will face the University of Richmond at Pitt Field in Richmond, Va. in a three-game series beginning. on Friday, Mar. 7 with a 2:30 p.m. start. The Bobcats and Spiders will also square off on Saturday, Mar. 8 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Mar. 9 at 12 Noon. Quinnipiac is currently 1-4 while Richmond is 8-3.

All-Time Against Richmond
Quinnipiac and Richmond have played each other four times since 2006, splitting the all-time series, 2-2. Quinnipiac won two-of-three games against Richmond last season.

Scouting The Spiders
Richmond has won its last eight games to push its record to 8-3 through its first 11 games. Phil Ruzbarsky is currently hitting a team-high .439 (18-41) with five homeruns and 15 RBI, as well as 13 runs scored. Ruzbarsky also boasts a .951 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage. Chris Cowell is hitting .341 (14-41) with a team-leading 16 runs scored and five doubles, as well as six homeruns and 14 runs-batted-in. Jacob Mayers currently leads the team in home runs, with seven. On the mound, Alex Maffett and Andrew Blum are both 2-0 while Ryan Cook is 1-0 with a team-leading 1.38 earned-run average. Jacob Mayers is 2-1 with a team-leading 18 strikeouts.

Projected Weekend Rotation (Mar. 9-11, 2012)
Friday, Mar. 9 vs. Richmond
Derek Lamacchia (RHP, Jr., 6-3, 210) 2012 Stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 13 SO's
Saturday, Mar. 10 vs. Richmond
George Dummar (RHP, Jr., 6-5, 230) 2011 Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 IP, 4 SO's
Sunday, Mar. 11 vs. Richmond
Spencer Kane (RHP, Jr., 6-1, 200) 2011 Stats: 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 5.0 IP, 2 SO's

Last Time Out For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac split a doubleheader against Fordham last weekend, before dropping both ends of a twin bill against Hofstra. Quinnipiac lost its season-opener, 3-2, before bouncing back with a 2-0 win in the second half of the double-dip against Fordham. Against Hofstra, the Bobcats lost both games, 9-0 and 6-0.

Next Up For The Bobcats
After the Bobcats' three-game series against Richmond this weekend, the Bobcats will face William & Mary on Tuesday, Mar. 13 and Wednesday, Mar. 14, at 7 p.m., before returning North next weekend for a four-game, Northeast Conference series against Wagner on Mar. 16-17.

On The Mound
The front-end of the Bobcats' rotation was the talk of last weekend after opening day starter Derek Lamacchia hurled six no-hit innings against Fordham, highlighted by 13 strikeouts, that ended with a no decision for the junior starter. George Dummar came back in the second game of the doubleheader with a seven-inning complete game shutout.

Seeing The Forrest…
Quinnipiac junior Forrest Dwyer recorded the Bobcats' first multiple-hit game against Fordham in the Bobcats' 2-0 win. Dwyer was 2-for-3 while also driving the first run of his career.

Double-G
Gabe Guerino recorded the first hit of the season for the Bobcats in their season-opening loss to Fordham. Guerino currently leads Quinnipiac with 135 career hits.

Skipper Notes
Dan Gooley `70 was hired as Quinnipiac's 10th head baseball coach on June 7, 2001. Gooley, who coached the Bobcats from 1977-1987 and is its all-time leader in coaching victories, replaced Joe Mattei, who retired in May 2001 after five seasons. In 26 years as a head coach at Quinnipiac and the University of Hartford, Gooley has accumulated an impressive 497-497-8 (.509) overall record. His record at Quinnipiac, in 22 years as the team's head coach, he has compiled a 396-407-7 (.505) record. In that span, he coached former major leaguers Turk Wendell (Quinnipiac) and Jeff Bagwell (Hartford) and current major leaguer Pat Egan.

2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
The Bobcats picked to finish eighth in the Northeast Conference 2012 Preseason Poll, as voted on by the conference's coaches, and announced by the conference office on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Quinnipiac finished the 2011 in seventh place in the conference standings at 11-21 in NEC play and 15-32 overall. Monmouth was tabbed as the favorite to win the conference, garnering four first-place votes, followed by Sacred Heart, with four first-place votes, and Central Connecticut State, who also earned a first-place vote. Bryant and LIU Brooklyn rounded out the NEC's top five, followed by Mount St. Mary's, Wagner, Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson. Sacred Heart topped Monmouth, 9-2, in last season's NEC Tournament Championship Game.

Kyle Nisson Named To Collegesportsmadness.com's 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Team
Quinnipiac senior Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was named to the Collegesportsmadness.com 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason All-Conference Second Team. Nisson was an All-Northeast Conference selection as a junior in 2011. Last season, Nisson became the first catcher in Quinnipiac history to receive All-NEC honors, while also being named to the 37th Annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star Game.