Baseball Hosts LIU Brooklyn For NEC Series With Senior Day Slated For Saturday, May 5

Quinnipiac Bobcats (7-36, 6-22 NEC) vs LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (17-30, 8-16 NEC)
Friday, May 4, 2012 • 3 PM
Saturday, May 5, 2012 (DH) • 6 PM
Sunday, May 6, 2012 • 3 PM
Quinnipiac Baseball Field • Hamden, Conn.

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End Of The Road
The Quinnipiac baseball team will host LIU Brooklyn on May 4-6 at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats' four-game Northeast Conference series against the Blackbirds will be their final games of the 2012 season.

Senior Day
Prior to the start of the Bobcats' game against LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, May 5, Quinnipiac will honor Chris Migani, Neil Mammele, Kyle Nisson, Matthew Siciliano, Gabe Guerino and Dan McGrath as part of Senior Day.

Athlete of the Month
Kyle Nisson was named Quinnipiac's April Athlete of the Month on Tuesday, May 1.  Nisson led Quinnipiac with a .342 (27-79) average with four doubles, nine RBI and 15 runs scored. Nisson recorded nine multiple-hit games, eight of which came against Northeast Conference competition. The fourth-year Bobcat was 2-for-4 against Central Connecticut State on April 1 before following it with a 3-for-5 day against Monmouth on April 5. He was 3-for-6 with an RBI in a doubleheader the following day against the Hawks before putting forward a 3-for-5 day against regionally-ranked UConn that featured a two-run double. Nisson also owns one of the two five-hit games in the Northeast Conference this year when he was 5-for-6 with four RBI and five runs scored ina  17-3 romp of Mount St. Mary's that was head coach Dan "Skip" Gooley's 500th career win. He capped off a tremendous month with seven hits in four games against in-state rival Sacred Heart that featured two hits in each of the first three games of the series.

No Missin' Nisson
Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) had a big series against Sacred Heart, batting .411 (7-17) and was one of two players in the Bobcats' line-up to have a hit in each game. Nisson recorded two hits in each of the first three games before going 1-for-4 in the final game of the series. Nisson also scored four runs, including the go-ahead run in a wild 10-inning third game of the series. The senior catcher sprayed a one-out single up the middle before scoring on Vin Guglietti's RBI single to give Quinnipiac a 4-3 lead.

Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week
Quinnipiac freshman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) was named the Northeast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday, May 1. Guglietti had a monster week for the Bobcats, posting a team-high .562 (9-16) average with a double, triple, three RBI and three runs scored, while also slugging .750 and posting a .632 on-base percentage. Guglietti started the week with a 1-for-2 showing that included a run scored in a non-conference match-up against Dartmouth. He then went 8-for-14 (.571) in a four-game Northeast Conference series against in-state rival Sacred Heart.

Good Week...Good Year
For the year, Guglietti is hitting .277 (41-148)with a team-high 20 RBI while also scoring 19 runs. Against NEC teams, Guglietti is hitting .314 (33-105) with 17 RBI.

Quinnipiac and the NEC Rookie of the Week Award
Guglietti is the first Bobcat to be honored with the NEC Rookie of the Week award since Alex Russow was recognized on April 5, 2010, and the eighth since Quinnipiac joined the NEC in 1998.

All-Time Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week Honorees

5/1/12 Vincent Guglietti
4/5/10 Alex Russow
4/27/09 Chris Migani
5/12/08 Mickey Amanti
5/9/05 John Delaney
5/17/04 Ryan Rizzo
3/29/04 Wilson Matos
3/31/01 Kevin MacIlvane

Scouting The Blackbirds
Long Island comes to Hamden with an overall record of 17-30 including a 8-16 mark in Northeast Conference play. LIU Brooklyn is coming off a 6-3 win against Monmouth, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Pete Leonello leads the team in average (.337), hits (62), triples (3), stolen bases (11), slugging (.435), on-base percentage (.425). Drew Walsh is the only other LIU Brooklyn player batting over .300, at .306 (53-173) while Brad Greve and Tyler Jones both check in at .280. Greeve is 46-for-164 with nine doubles and 30 runs scored while Jones is 49-for-175. Mike Garcia leads the team in home runs (3), RBI (26) and doubles (11). On the mound, Chris Franzese is 3-6 with a 3.50 ERA while also leading the team in innings pitched (82.1) and strikeouts (52).

Weekend Probable Starters
Friday, May 4 (9 Inn.)
QU: RHP Derek Lamacchia (1-7, 5.63 ERA, 54.1 IP, 57 K's)
LIU: LHP Chance Fuglistahler (3-4, 4.61 ERA, 52.2 IP, 46 K's)

Saturday, May 5(Game 1 - 7 Inn.)
QU: RHP Spencer Kane (3-6, 4.82 ERA, 56.0 IP, 38 K's)
LIU: RHP Chris Franzese (3-6, 3.50 ERA, 82.1 IP, 54 K's)

Saturday, May 5 (Game 2 - 7 Inn.)
QU: RHP Nick Fabrizio (0-7, 5.40 ERA, 50 IP, 33 K's)
LIU: LHP Matt McCormick (5-4, 3.86 ERA, 58.1 IP, 48 K's)

Sunday, May 6 (9 Inn.)
QU: RHP Ray Buckley (0-1, 7.04 ERA, 30.2 IP, 10 K's)
LIU: RHP Jordan Wilcox (1-1, 2.82 ERA, 51.0 IP, 23 K's)

Those Boys Put The Ball In Play
Seniors Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) and Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) sit 2nd and 7th, respectively, as the Toughest to Strikeout In NCAA Division I baseball. Nisson has struck-out just five times in 159 at-bats while Guerino has struck-out four times in 119 at-bats.

That Was A Big Game
Zak Palmer and Kyle Nisson remain the only two players to produce a five-hit game in the Northeast Conference this season as both went a combined 10-for-12 in a 17-3 win against Mount St. Mary's on April 13.

Second Half Surge
In his first 19 collegiate games, walk-on second baseman Forrest Dwyer was 7-for-59 (.119) with two RBI and four runs scored. Since then, Dwyer has reached base safely in 20 straight games, the longest among all players in the Bobcats' line-up, while batting a incredible .463 (31-67) with 12 RBI and seven runs scored. Dwyer also has nine multiple-hit games, including four three-hit performances. To date, Dwyer is tied for the team lead with a .302 (38-126) average with 14 RBI and 13 runs scored.

Young Guns
Freshmen Vincent Guglietti and Scott Donaghue currently lead Quinnipiac with 21 and 18 RBI, respectively. Donaghue drove in just four runs in the first 21 games of the season, while driving in 14 runs in his last 21 games played. The duo were tied before Guglietti drove in three runs in four games against Sacred Heart.

The Other Ullrich
Jesse Ullrich, brother of former Bobcat Ryan Ullrich '10, currently ranks second in the NEC in triples with two. Ullrich is second, to Scott Donaghue, in extra-base hits. Donaghue has nine for the year, while Ullrich has eight.

Hit Dog
Kyle Nisson's 48 hits for the year lead all Bobcats, while his 38 hits in Northeast Conference play lead the league. Zak Palmer is second with 35, followed by Vincent Guglietti (33) and Forrest Dwyer (31).

Historic Weekend For The Skipper
On Friday, April 13, Quinnipiac head coach Dan "Skip" Gooley won his 500th career win in a 17-3 decision that saw the Bobcats top Mount St. Mary's, 17-3.Gooley's first career win came on April 2, 1977 when the Braves defeated Fairfield, 5-3. Gooley's first home fell on April 14, 1977, when Quinnipiac defeated Barrington College, 18-1. Gooley's 100th career win came at New Hampshire College, 14-3, during the Braves' 1983 campaign. Gooley won his 200th game in 1987 and his 300th while at the University of Hartford. His 400th win came against the University of Hartford, 7-3, on May 4, 2006. The win in the first game of Quinnipiac's doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 gave Gooley 400 career wins at Quinnipiac, making him the third coach in school history to reach the mark along with former athletic director and men's basketball coach Burt Kahn (459) and current men's and women's tennis coach Mike Quitko (481).