Baseball Opens Northeast Conference Play At Wagner This Weekend
Quinnipiac Bobcats (1-8, 0-0 NEC) at Wagner Seahawks (3-11, 0-0 NEC)
Richmond County Bank Ball Park– Staten Island, N.Y.
9 Inn. - Friday, March 16 - 3 PM
2-7 Inn. DH - Saturday, March 17, 1 PM
9 Inn. - Sunday, March 18, 1 PM
2012 Northeast Conference Opener
The Quinnipiac University baseball team will travel to Staten Island, N.Y. this weekend to face Wagner in a four-game, Northeast Conference series at Richmond County Bank Ball Park. The Bobcats and Seahawks will play a nine-inning game on Friday, March 16 at 3 p.m., following by a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. The Bobcats will then wrap-up its series against Wagner on Sunday, March 18 with a nine-inning game set for a 1 p.m. Start. Quinnipiac is 1-8 overall while Wagner stands at 3-11 on the season.
Live stats will be available courtesy of Wagner athletics. Bobcat fans can access the link by visiting the schedule page and clicking on the appropriate link.
Wagner is currently 3-11 and are coming off back-to-back loss to No. 20 Georgia Tech, 15-4, and Virginia Tech, 14-2. The Seahawks opened the 2012 season with six straight losses - five to Hawaii before a series opening loss to Charlotte. They responded with an 11-4 win in the second game before losing their next three games. They then defeated Jacksonville, 10-0 and 4-1, in back-to-back games. Chris Smith leads the team in hits (11) and doubles (3) while also homering once and driving in three runs. Eddie Brown has driven in eight runs in eight games, but has missed the last five games to injury. On the mound, Ryan Van Spronsen is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in three starts. He also leads the team with 13 strikeouts in a team-best 22 innings pitched. Ryan Carmon has the Seahawks only other win, while posting a 1-0 record and a 0.96 ERA in five relief appearances.
Weekend Probable Starts
Saturday, March 17 (Game 1 - 7 Inn.)
Sunday, March 18 (9 Inn.)
Last Time Out For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac was swept by William & Mary in a two-game series in Williamsburg, Va. earlier this week. The Bobcats dropped the first game, 13-5, before being dealt a 9-5 loss in the second game of the series. Sophomore Zak Palmer and senior Gabe Guerino both collected four hits in the loss.
Four Hit Wonders
Palmer and Guerino are the first Quinnipiac duo since Apr. 21, 2010 to record four hits in the same game, when Brian Monack, Ben Farina and Mickey Amanti all had four hits in a 19-18 win against Yale.
Third baseman Palmer's four-hit day against William & Mary snapped a 2-for-28 showing in his first 8 games of the season.
Guerino Is Heating Up
Guerino now has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats to increase his team-leading batting average to .300. Guerino also had three RBI in the series against William & Mary.
Ace of the Staff
Senior Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) turned in his second straight quality start in a 3-0 loss to Richmond. Lamacchia gave up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hit over seven innings while striking out five. For the year, Lamacchia leads the team in innings pitched (13.0), strikeouts (18), strikesouts per nine innings (12.95) and earned-run average (0.69).
A Pretty Good #2, Too
George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) scattered seven hits over five innings against Richmond on Saturday, March 10, giving up eight runs, only three of which were earned. For the year, Dummar is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA.
Sign Of Things To Come?
Freshman designated hitter Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) was 4-for-12 (.333) for the week with a run scored in his first multiple-hit game of his career. Guglietti hit safely in all three games against Richmond, going 2-for-4 in the final game of the series.
The Ole Switch-A-Roo
Former-pitcher-turned-outfielder Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.) collected his first career hit in a pinch hit appearance in the Bobcats' 8-0 loss to Richmond on Saturday, March 10. Interesting enough, outfielder-turned-pitcher Ray Buckley (Bethel, Conn.) spun three scoreless innings in relief in the game, striking out two. Buckley has made two appearances, logging a team-high six innings out of the bullpen with a 1.50 earned-run average.
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 497-502-8 (.497) overall record. His record at Quinnipiac, in 22 years as the team's head coach, he has compiled a 396-412-7 (.491) 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.