Quinnipiac Baseball Picked To Finish 11th In MAAC Preseason Poll

The Quinnipiac University baseball team was picked to finish 11th in the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced by the MAAC office on Monday, Feb. 10. 

MAAC BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL POINTS
(order of finish)
1.       Canisius 117
2.       Monmouth 103
3.       Rider 95
4.       Siena 86
5.       Marist 77
6.       Fairfield 69
7.       Manhattan 57
8.       Niagara 37
9.       Saint Peter's 31
10.    Iona 28
11.    QUINNIPIAC 26

Canisius, the defending MAAC champions, received 117 points, followed by second place Monmouth University, with 103 points. Rider University was picked to finish third with 95 points, while Siena College, the runnerup in last year's championship, was fourth with 86 points. Marist College was fifth with 77 points, Fairfield University was sixth with 69 points, Manhattan College was seventh with 57 points, and Niagara University was eighth with 37 points.  Rounding out the poll were ninth place Saint Peter's (31), followed by Iona (28) and Quinnipiac (26). 

Quinnipiac finished 2013 with a record of 17-36 overall including a 12-20 mark in Northeast Conference play, improving by four games from its 2012 NEC slate and eight games overall.

Quinnipiac returns its top two hitters in juniors Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) and Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.). Guglietti led the Bobcats in batting average (284), hits (57), and doubles (17) and also hit two homers, scored 23 runs, and had 25 RBI.

Donaghue hit .283 (53-187) with a team-high four home runs, 11 doubles, 19 runs scored, and a team leading 36 RBI. He also 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. Donaghue had three straight multiple hit games totaling seven hits in a three game series against Richmond on Mar. 9-10. He was also the first Quinnipiac player to appear in the NEIBA All-Star Game since Kyle Nisson played in 2011. 

Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) was named the Bobcats' captain in the fall. The second-year Bobcat led the Quinnipiac pitching staff in 2013 in appearances (19) and saves (six) while posting a 2.73 earned-run average. Binkiewicz's ERA was the lowest among all Quinnipiac relievers while his 5.46 strikeouts-per-nine-innings was also the tops among all Bobcat relief pitchers. 

Sophomore Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) was 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA as a freshman while senior Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) was 4-7 with a 5.17 ERA striking out 43 in 69 2/3 innings pitched.