Baseball Resumes Northeast Conference Play This Weekend At Central Connecticut State
Quinnipiac Bobcats (3-16, 2-6 NEC) at
Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (11-9, 5-3 NEC)
CCSU Baseball Field -New Britain, Conn.
Friday, March 30, 2012 - 3 PM (9-Inning)
Saturday, March 31 - 1 PM (2, 7-Inning Games)
Sunday, April 1 - 1 PM (9-Inning)
Elm City Rivalry
Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend when it travels to New Britain, Conn. to take on Central Connecticut State University in a four-game, Northeast Conference series. The Bobcats and Blue Devils will play a nine-inning game on Friday, March 30 at 3 p.m., followed by a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. They will then play the final game of their four-game set on Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m.
Live stats and live audio will be available for Wednesday's game against the Bulldogs. Bobcat fans can access the live content by clicking on the appropriate links above and on the daily schedule.
Going For 500
With an 11-4 win against Northeast Conference opponent Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, March 23, Quinnipiac baseball head coach Dan "Skip" Gooley won his 499th career game, and 398th at Quinnipiac. Gooley also won 101 games as the head coach at University of Hartford. Gooley will have a chance to reach the 500-win and 400-win marks when the Bobcats host Yale on Wednesday, March 28.
Former director of athletics and men's basketball head coach Burt Kahn (459) and current men's and women's tennis head coach Mike Quitko (445) are the only other coaches in Quinnipiac history to reach 400 victories, while Gooley's 499 wins are the most career wins for any Quinnipiac coach. Gooley is currently in his 27th year coaching and 22nd at Quinnipiac. Gooley also won 101 games as University of Hartford's head baseball coach from 1988-1992.
|Coach||Team||Career Wins||Years Coach|
|Mike Quitko||Men's & Women's Tennis||474||21^|
|Burt Kahn||Men's Basketball||459||30|
|Dan Gooley||Baseball||499 (398 @ Quinnipiac)||27 (22 @ Quinnipiac)^|
|Rand Pecknold||Men's Ice Hockey||337||18^|
|Tricia Fabbri||Women's Basketball||243||17^|
Scouting Central Connecticut State
Central Connecticut is currently 11-9 overall and 5-3 in the Northeast Conference with wins in seven of its last nine games. The Blue Devils have also won three straight in NEC play after taking three of four games against LIU Brooklyn last weekend. JP Sportman leads the Blue Devils with a .278 batting average (20-72), while also posting team-highs in hits (20), runs scored (15) and is tied for the lead witih three homeruns. Tyler McIntyre also has three longballs to his credit, as well as a team-high 11 RBI. On the mound, Cody Brown leads the team at 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in a team-best 28 1/3 innings pitched. Jack Greenhouse is 1-0 with a 3.43 ERA and a team-high 20 strikeouts.
Weekend Probable Starts
Saturday, March 31 (Game 1 - 7 Inn.)
Saturday, March 31(Game 2 - 7 Inn.)
Sunday, April 1 (9 Inn.)
Nice Weekend, Rook
Against Fairleigh Dickinson last weekend, freshman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) batted a team high .438 (7-16) while driving in four runs and scoring three more in a four-game series against Fairleigh Dickinson. Guglietti also posted a team-high slugging percentage (.500) and on-base percentage (.500) while starting in all four of Quinnipiac's Northeast Conference games against Fairleigh Dickinson. Guglietti collected a hit in each game of the Bobcats' four-game set against the Knights, including two hits in three of the four games. In the first game of the series, Guglietti was 2-for-4, while driving in two runs in an 8-4 loss. He followed with a 2-for-4 showing in the second game of the doubleheader, while scoring two of Quinnipiac's runs in an 11-4 win. He then went 3-for-7 with two RBI in the Bobcats' doubleheader against FDU on Saturday. For the year, the first-year Bobcat is hitting .263 (15-57) and is second on the team with seven RBI and five runs scored.
The Four-Hit Wonder
Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) became the first player since Tim Binkoski in 2007 to record two four-hit games in the same season with a 4-for-4 day against Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, March 23. Palmer was also 4-for-4 against William & Mary on March 14.
For the year, Palmer leads Quinnipiac in batting average (.300), hits (18) and stolen bases (4) while also driving in five runs and scoring five more.
Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) picked up his second win of the season on Friday, March 23 as Quinnipiac defeated FDU, 11-4. Kane gave up four runs on eight hits over seven innings. The junior right-handed pitcher is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA after giving up three unearned runs in 14 innings pitched in his last two starts, both coming against NEC opponents. For the year, Kane is 2-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 24 innings of work.
First of the Year
Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) hit the Bobcats' first homerun of the 2012 season in Quinnipiac's 11-4 win against Fairleigh Dickinson. Guerino was 3-for-3 in the game while collected five RBI. For the year, Guerino is hitting .283 (17-60) while leading the team with eight RBI.
"Get Me Walsh"
Sophomore Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.) made his first appearance of the season against Army on Wednesday, March 21, spinning two scoreless innings while giving up two hits. He came in relief in a 5-3 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, March 24, hurling 3 2/3 innings of hitless, scoreless baseball against the Knights.