Baseball To Travel To Fairfield On Tuesday, Mar. 26 at 3 PM

The Quinnipiac baseball team, coming off a 2-2 weekend split with NEC foe Monmouth, will head to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Fairfield University on Tuesday, Mar. 26 at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac is currently 7-7 on the year while Fairfield is 6-11 on the year. 

Scouting The Fairfield Stags
Fairfield enters Tuesday's game with a record of 6-11 overall, including a 1-2 mark in the MAAC following its conference opening weekend against Siena. The duo of Jack Gianninni and Ryan Plourde lead the Stags, as Gianninni is hitting .368 (25-68) with 11 RBI. Plourde is hitting .328 (21-64) with a home run, 11 RBI and a .453 slugging percentage. Anthony Hajjar (.324/.441 w/14 RS) and Rob LoPinto (.310 w/12 RS) have also contributed to the Stags' line-up. This past weekend, LoPinto was 5-for-9 with three runs scored in a doubleheader split at Siena. 

Justin Thomas Named NEC Baseball Rookie of the Week
Justin Thomas picked up his first career win with a brilliant seven-inning outing in a 5-1 win against Monmouth on Sunday, Mar. 24. Thomas held the Hawks to one run on six hits while striking out four over seven innings. Thomas gave up a double in the first inning, which resulted in the only runner reaching third base over the first five innings. Thomas didn't allow a hit to the next 16 batters faced, with two batters that were hit by a pitch and one that walked as the only baserunners for Monmouth over the games first five innings. Thomas was touched for a run in the sixth inning, but was able to pitch out of a one-out jam with runners on the corners before exiting the game. To date, Thomas is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA with one run allowed over 12 innings pitched.

All-Time Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week Honorees
Thomas is the 10th Quinnipiac student-athlete to earn NEC Baseball Rookie of the Week honors as he joins teammate Steffen Herter as Quinnipiac becomes the first team to have two different players earn the award this season. In addition, it is the first time since 2004 that two Quinnipiac players earned the weekly honor in the same season. 

All-Time Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week Honorees

3/25/13                          Justin Thomas
3/4/13 Steffen Herter
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

Keep It On The DL
Despite taking two losses in his first four starts, senior Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.)has yet to give up more than one earned run in an outing. Lamacchia leads the team in most pitching categories including ERA (0.58), innings pitched (31.0), strikeouts (22)and opposing team's batting average (.146).

Big Weekend For The Captain
In a week that saw Quinnipiac open its Northeast Conference schedule at 2-2 against Monmouth, Migani led Quinnipiac with a .357 average (5-14) while also leading the team in RBI (2), runs scored (2) and extra-base hits (1), as well as slugging percentage (.429)and on-base percentage (.429) and stolen bases (2-2). Additionally, he was the only Quinnipiac batter to hit safely in all four games. On Saturday, Migani was 2-for-4 in the in the first game before going 1-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in a 3-2, extra-innings win. On Sunday, Migani was 1-for-3 with the Bobcats' lone run in a 5-1 loss before going 1-for-3 with a RBI and run scored in a 5-1 win in the nightcap.

Give Him A Minute!
For the year, Migani is hitting .277 (13-47)while leading the team in doubles (3), runs (8)and walks (5). Migani opened the year just 2-for-15 over the season's first four games but has since put together a nine-game hitting streak in which he is hitting a team-best .344 (11-32)with seven runs scored and ranking among the top three Quinnipiac hitters in slugging percentage (.406) and on-base percentage (.417).

The Don
Sophomore Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) also had a solid weekend for the Bobcats, matching Migani's output at the plate, as he hit .357 (5-14). For the year, Donaghue leads Quinnipiac in batting average (.353, 18-51), hits (18), on-base percentage (.382) and slugging percentage (.412).