Game No. 36-39: Quinnipiac Bobcats (10-26, 5-12 NEC) vs. Wagner Seahawks (16-23, 9-8 NEC)
Date: Saturday, Apr. 27 (1 p.m., doubleheader)
Date: Sunday, Apr. 28 (1 p.m.)
Location: QU Baseball Field, Mt. Carmel Campus, Hamden, Conn
The Quinnipiac baseball team will resume its four-game series against Wagner College on Saturday, Apr. 27, the Bobcats and Seahawks will play a pair of seven-inning games with the first set for a 1 p.m. start, followed by a single, nine-inning game on Sunday, Apr. 29.
Game 1 Recap
The Bobcats lost the first game of its four-game Northeast Conference series against Wagner, 3-2, on Friday, Apr. 27 at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 10-26 overall and 5-12 in the NEC while Wagner improves to 16-23 overall and 9-8 in league play. For Quinnipiac, freshman Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the Bobcats' offense with a 2-for-4 day for his second career multiple-hit game. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) and Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) each drove in runs for the Bobcats. Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) went the distance for the Bobcats, but took the loss to drop to 3-6 on the year. Lamacchia allowed three runs on 11 hits while striking out six. For Wagner, Nick Alfano's go-ahead single capped a three-run sixth inning that resulted in the win for the Seahawks while Tommy Mazurkiewicz drove in two runs. Ryan Casey picked up the complete-game win after giving up two runs over nine innings.
Scouting The Wagner Seahawks
Wagner enters the weekend with a record of 15-23 overall including an 8-8 mark in Northeast Conference play. The Seahawks won the first and last game of their four-game set against Central Connecticut State last weekend, while losing both games of the doubleheader on Saturday. Wagner is 3-7 in their last 10 games. Ian Miller leads Wagner in average (.344), hits (55), runs (30) and stolen bases (34). Chris Smith checks in with a .331 average (41-124) with two home runs, 25 RBI, nine doubles and 24 runs scored as well as 11 stolen bases. Nick Dini is the Seahawks only other player hitting over .300. Dini is hitting .307 with a team-high 26 RBI and 25 runs scored. On the mound, Paul Mammino is 5-0 with a 2.31 ERA while Ryan Casey is 3-4 with a 4.43 ERA. Casey leads the team in complete games (3), innings pitched (61) and strikeouts. Out of the bullpen, Anthony Battaglia has a team-high five saves to go along with a 1-2 record and a 2.91 ERA.
The Last Time They Met
In 2012, Wagner took three of the four games between the two teams, winning in the first two games of the series (1-0 and 7-1) before Quinnipiac responded with a 6-2 win in the second game of their Saturday doubleheader. On Sunday, Wagner answered with a 10-1 win in the final game of the series.
Quinnipiac baseball's Senior Day is slated for Saturday, May 11 when Quinnipiac hosts Central Connecticut State for its final home Northeast Conference game of the season.
A Look Ahead
Following this weekend's series against Wagner, Quinnipiac will host Massachusetts on Wednesday, May 1 before heading to Brooklyn, N.Y. to face LIU Brooklyn for a four-game, NEC set on May 3-5. The Bobcats will play their final NEC series of the 2013 season on May 9-11 when Connecticut Connecticut comes to town. The Bobcats final home game of the year is set for Tuesday, May 14 when Quinnipiac hosts Fairfield. Quinnipiac will then play its final regular-season competition at Fairleigh Dickinson on May 17-19 in Teaneck, N.J.
Including this weekend's games, Quinnipiac has 15 NEC contest remaining on the schedule. The Bobcats currently sit in seventh place at 5-12 and trail LIU Brooklyn by five games for the fourth and final NEC Tournament spot. Wagner (8-8) and Central Connecticut State (10-10) sit fifth and sixth, respectively, and remain on the Bobcats' schedule.
The Bobcats Rotation
Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) gets the ball for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Kane is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA in 45 1/3 innings pitched across eight starts.
Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) will take the mound for the second half of the Bobcats' twinbill on Saturday. The third-year Bobcat is 2-5 with a 4.96 ERA in seven starts, including two complete games. Fabrizio also worked 45 1/3 innings.
Freshman southpaw Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) will start on "Sinatra Sunday". The freshman starter is 2-1 with a 4.40 ERA in five starts. In 28 2/3 innings pitched he's scattered 33 hits while allowing 14 earned runs. Thomas took a no-decision in a 10-5 loss to Bryant after giving up three runs in seven innings of work. Against Notre Dame, he worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, giving up one hit to the Irish.
The Scott Donaghue Show
After a sensational freshman campaign, Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) is having another break-out year. The second year Bobcat leads the team in average (.308), hits (38), doubles (8), home runs (2), RBI (20) and slugging percentage (.425).