HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team was picked to finish 8th out of nine teams in the Northeast Confererence Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the NEC offices today. Last season, Quinnipiac finished the year in 8th place with an overall record of 8-24 including a 9-38 mark in NEC play.
Bryant, in its first season of NCAA championship eligibility was tabbed by the NEC coaches to win the league, gaining four first-place votes. Central Connecticut State was picked second with three first-place votes followed by Monmouth with the remaining single first-place vote. Sacred Heart was fourth, followed by LIU Brooklyn, Wagner and Fairleigh Dickinson. Quinnipiac slotted in ahead of Mount St. Mary's. \
2013 NEC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Bryant (4)
2. Central Connecticut (3)
3. Monmouth (1)
4. Sacred Heart
5. LIU Brooklyn
7. Fairleigh Dickinson
9. Mount St. Mary's
Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley will enter his 22nd season as the Bobcats' head coach in 2013, and 28th overall. Quinnipiac will look to 2012 All-Northeast Conference selections Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) and Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) to lead the Bobcats in 2013, while also benefitting from the return of captain Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) for his senior campaign after sitting out the 2012 season to injury.
Palmer tied for the team lead in hits (54), RBI (22) while leading the team in average (.342), on-base percentage (.416) and slugging percentage (.399). In NEC play, Palmer led the Bobcats in average (.417), hits (45), runs scored (21), RBI (20), on-base percentage (.469) and slugging percentage (.472). Palmer, with the team's second-best 14 multiple-hit games, was the only player in the line-up to collect hold three-game and four-game multiple-hit streaks. He completed his second year at Quinnipiac with a nine-game hitting streak.
Guglietti turned in a solid all-around freshman campaign, batting .276 (43-156) with a team-high 22 RBI and 21 runs scored. Guglietti also hit .310 (35-113) in NEC play, with a .378 on-base percentage, .363 slugging percentage, 19 RBI and 17 runs scored. Guglietti was also honored as the NEC Co-Rookie of the Week on May 1, 2012 following a four-game weekend series that saw the first-year DH hit .562 (9-16), including an 8-for-14 (.571) clip against Sacred Heart in a four-game set.
Sophomore Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) had a solid freshman year with Quinnipiac, leading the team in home runs (2), extra-base hits (10) and RBI (22) while collecting seven doubles and scoring 23 runs. Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.), a walk-on turned starting second baseman, was one of four players to collect 40 hits last year, finishing with 42, and led the team in multiple-hit games after hitting .340 for the month of April.
On the mound, the Bobcats will feature Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.), Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.) and Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.). Kane led the team with four wins in 10 starts while logging a team-high 63 innings pitched. The senior right-handed pitcher also pitched six complete games while scattering 61 hits over his 63 innings worked. Lamacchia led the team with 65 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings pitched for a team-best 9.49 strikeouts-per-game average while Fabrizio logged a team-best 4.74 earned-run average with four complete games. A sophomore last season, Fabrizio took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against LIU Brooklyn in his final start of the year before finishing with a one-hit shutout.
Quinnipiac opens the 2013 regular season on the first weekend of March when it plays a three-game set against George Washington in Arlington, Va. on Mar. 1-3. They will also face Richmond, North Carolina State, Duke, Akron and Army before opening their home schedule – as well as their NEC schedule – against Monmouth for a four-game set on Mar. 22-24.