May 13, 2013

QU Baseball Hosts Fairfield On Tuesday, May 14 For Final Home Game Of Season

The Quinnipiac baseball team will play its final home game of the 2013 season when it hosts Fairfield University for a non-conference game on Tuesday, May 14 at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. 

Follow The 'Cats On The Web
Live stats will be available for the Bobcats' series against Fairfield, accessible by clicking on the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Scouting The Fairfield Stags
Fairfield visits Quinnipiac on Tuesday, May 14 with a record of 17-28 overall, including a 9-12 record against MAAC competition. The Stags have won five of their last six games, with a three-game sweep of Iona on May 4-5 before taking two-of-three from Manhattan this past weekend. Fairfield and Quinnipiac met earlier this year, with the Stags taking a 10-4 decision on their home field. Ryan Plourde leads the team in average (.361), hits (57), home runs (3), slugging percentage (.513), walks (30), on-base percentage (.469) and stolen bases (14). Jack Giannini is hitting .316 (55-174) on the year with 25 RBI while Anthony Hajjar is hitting at a .312 (53-170) clip while leading the team in RBI (34), doubles (14) and runs scored (34). 

Earlier This Year...
The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost a non-conference match-up at Fairfield, 10-4, on Mar. 26, 2012. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) extended his team-best hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fourth inning while Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) recorded his fifth multiple-hit game with a 2-for-5 day. On the mound, Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.) took the loss after giving up three runs in two innings of work, despite only giving up one hit. Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.) pitched a scoreless, and hitless, fourth while Kevin Sustad (Merrick, N.Y.) gave up one hit over two innings of work while keeping the Stags off the board. Matt DeRosa (Monroe, Conn.) gave up two runs before Matt Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) and Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) pitched back-to-back scoreless innings to end the game. 

Tom 'Cat
Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.) led the Bobcats with a .583 (7-12) average this past weekend, while scoring two runs. For the year, Donovan is hitting .250 (17-68) with a home run and three RBI as well as 10 runs scored. 

Rudy Rudy Rudy
Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) hit .571 (8-14) for the weekend with two RBI and three runs scored against CCSU. Ruditys was 3-for-4 in an 11-4 win on Saturday before coming back with a 5-for-6 showing in the final game of the series, in which he drove in two runs and scored two more. For the year, Ruditys is batting .262 (45-172) with four doubles, 15 RBI and 21 runs scored. 

That's A Crooked Number
In an 11-4 win against CCSU on Saturday, May 10, Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) drove in seven runs as part of a 2-for-3 day that included a two-run double and a grand slam. In doing so, he became the first Quinnipiac player to drive in seven runs in a game since Jeff Mainetti had seven RBI's against Fairleigh Dickinson on Mar. 26, 2013.

The Leader
Donaghue currently leads the team in average (.305), hits (51), RBI (35), home runs (4), total bases (73) and slugging percentage (.437). He has also produced a team-best 14 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI games. 

Rob & Big
Freshman Rob Pescitelli (Bayshore, N.Y.) has flexed some muscle lately. The sophomore designated hitter got his first career hit on Apr. 24 against Dartmouth, and has five hits in his last five appearances. Incredibly, three of those five hits have left the yard, including two in a four-game series at LIU Brooklyn and one that was crushed over the scoreboard in right-center field at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in an 11-4 win against CCSU. 

The Captain
After a three-hit weekend against CCSU, senior captain Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) now sits at 191 career hits. He ranks 10th in Quinnipiac history and eighth at the Division I level. He would need nine hits in his final five games of the 2013 season to become the eighth player in program history, and sixth at the DI level, to reach the 200-hit mark.