Quinnipiac baseball travels to West Point, N.Y. to take on Army on Wednesday, March 21 for a non-conference match-up at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac is currently 2-11 overall while Army is currently 10-6 on the year. Tuesday's game will be Army's home opener at Doubleday Field.
The Army Black Knights are currently 10-6 overall, winnings of seven of their last 10 games, but are coming off a pair of losses to Illinois State. Eight different Black Knights are hitting .300 or better, to combine for a team batting average of .290. JT Watkins is hitting a team-high .397 clip (25-63) with three homeruns and 16 RBI. Harold Earls checks in at .364 (16-44) with eight RBI and eight stolen bases. Zach Price is hitting at a .317 average (20-63) with eight RBI, 15 runs scored and eight stolen bases. Daniel Cortes leads the team with 16 runs scored while Cody Murtle checks in with 15 RBI. On the mound, Chris Rowley is 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in five starts with team-highs in strikeouts (26) and innings pitched (32.2). Manny Fernandez is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA with both wins coming in relief appearances.
All-Time Against Army
Quinnipiac is 2-3-2 all-time against the Black Knights, with all seven games being played in West Point. Army won the last match-up between the two teams, 12-0, on March 22, 2011.
Senior first baseman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) entered the week with just three hits in his first 21 at-bats before breaking out with back-to-back multiple-hit games against William & Mary and a 2-for-4 day in a NEC win against Wagner on Saturday, March 17.
For the week, Guerino batted .417 (10-24) with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI. Guerino also posted a .500 slugging percentage and a .417 on-base percentage while also posting a 1.000 field percentage in 51 chances. In the first game of the Bobcats' series against William & Mary, Guerino was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored while also driving in a run. In the second game of the series, he was 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. For the year, Guerino is hitting .289 (13-45) with two doubles and three runs-batted in
Freshman shortstop Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) batted .391 (9-23) last week, with a double, triple and four runs scored. Donaghue also had a team-high .522 slugging percentage and a .481 on-base percentage with a team-high three walks. After an 0-for-5 day in Quinnipiac's first game of the week, a 13-5 loss to William & Mary, Donaghue went 1-for-5 with a triple and a run scored in the second game of the series. He then followed with a hit each game of the Bobcats' four-game set against NEC foe Wagner this weekend to give the first-year infielder a five-game hitting streak. In the first game of the series – a pitching duel that ended in a 1-0 loss, Donaghue stroked three of the Bobcats' 10 hits in the game off of Major League Baseball prospect Ryan Van Spronsen. He then went 3-for-7 in the doubleheader, including a 2-for-4 day in the second game of the twin bill which the Bobcats won, 6-2. He ended the week with a 2-for-3 afternoon on Sunday, collecting two of Quinnipiac's eight hits in the game
Sophomore third baseman Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) batted a team-high .440 (11-25) with two RBI and two runs scored for the week. Palmer posted a .480 slugging percentage and a .440 on-base percentage while also pulling off two successful stolen base attempts. Coming into this week, Palmer was just 2-for-23. After an 0-for-4 day against William & Mary on Tuesday, March 13, Palmer went 11-for-21 over the next five games, which included multiple hits in four of them.
With a 4-for-5 day against W&M on Tuesday, March 14, Palmer and teammate Gabe Guerino became the first Quinnipiac duo to have four hits in the same game since Apr. 21, 2010 when three player (Brian Monack, Ben Farina and Mickey Amanti) had four hits against Yale in a 19-18 win.
Against The Seahawks
Palmer went 2-for-4 in the first game of Quinnipiac's series against Wagner on Friday, March 16, before a 3-for-7 day in a doubleheader split against the Seahawks. He capped off the week with a two-hit performance on Sunday, March 18, giving him a five-game hit streak
The Back Stop
Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) batted .375 (9-24) for the week, driving in three runs. Nisson also posted a 1.000 field percentage behind the plate, in 33 opportunties, while also throwing out one runner on a stolen-base attempt. Nisson bounced back from an 0-for-5 day in the first game of the Bobcats' series against Wagner with seven hits in his final 11 at-bats for a a trio of multiple-hit games in the final three games of the series. Nisson was 2-for-4 in a 7-1 loss to Wagner in the first game of Quinnipiac's doubleheader against the Seahawks, and 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the second game. He also went 2-for-3 with Quinnipiac's only run of the game in a 10-1 loss on Sunday, March 18
Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) picked up the Bobcats' only win of the week after giving up two unearned runs on two hits in a seven-inning, complete game victory against Wagner on Saturday, March 17. Kane fanned six batters, while walking two, as he held the Seahawks to a .087 batting average for the day. For the year, Kane is 1-2
Ace of the Staff
Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) continued his impressive start, but unfortunately took the hard-luck loss as Quinnipiac fell to Wagner, 1-0, on Friday, March 16. Lamacchia matched Wagner's top starter, Ryan Van Spronsen, giving up one run on eight hits scattered over a eight innings. Lamacchia struck-out six batters for the afternoon. For the year, Lamacchia leads Quinnipiac in innings pitched (21.0), fewest hits allowed (14), runs allowed (3), earned runs allowed (2), strikeouts (24), strikeouts-per-9-innings (10.29) and earned-run-average (0.86)
Out Of The 'Pen
Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) appeared in three of Quinnipiac's six games this week out of the bullpen. Siciliano gave up one run on two hits while striking out four in 4.0 innings of relief.
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 498-505-8 (.497) overall record. His record at Quinnipiac, in 22 years as the team's head coach, he has compiled a 397-415-7 (.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 were 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.