Baseball Travels to Dartmouth for Midweek Non-Conference Clash on Wednesday
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-15, 2-2 MAAC)
Dartmouth Big Green (4-10, 1-1 Ivy League)
Wednesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:00 PM
Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park - Hanover, N.H.
- Live Video: IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com
- Live Audio: IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com
- Live Stats: DartmouthSports.com
A TRIP TO THE GRANITE STATE
The Quinnipiac University baseball team returns to the diamond for a midweek clash with Dartmouth on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park in Hanover, N.H. The Bobcats go for their fourth win in their last six games.
The games will be streamed live through the Ivy League Digital Network with live stats available courtesy of Dartmouth. Fans can also tune into an audio broadcast as well.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Prior to Dartmouth's game with Quinnipiac, the Big Green have two games scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 against Princeton. Last week, Dartmouth played two three-game series at the home ballpark of Kansas University, first winning one of three against Nebraska Omaha, then taking one of the trio of games against the 18th-ranked Jayhawks. In each of the four losses, the Big Green yielded at least 10 runs. For the year, the number of games with double-digit runs for opponents is at six, more than the last two seasons combined (five). Sophomore Duncan Robinson was named the Ivy League co-Pitcher of the Week for earning both wins, first going seven innings as a starter in the 10-3 win over Omaha, then twirling two scoreless frames as a reliever in the 3-2, 10-inning triumph at Kansas. Freshman Michael Ketchmark hit three triples in the six games — the only three-baggers by any Big Green player thus far this season.
LAST TIME AGAINST DARTMOUTH
Quinnipiac and Dartmouth met last year at the QU Baseball Field in a game that went in favor of the visiting Big Green. Vincent Guglietti was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Brian Ruditys was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Quinnipiac erased a 2-0 deficit in the bottom of the fifth on a single up the middle by Guglietti. However, Dartmouth answered with a run in the sixth and three in the seventh to put some separation between the two teams.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST RIDER
Quinnipiac was scheduled to play three games against Rider this past weekend, but New England weather had other ideas. The Bobcats and the Broncs did managed to get game one in on Saturday morning – a game that saw a three-run seventh prove to be the difference in a 3-2 Rider win. Quinnipiac (5-15, 2-2 MAAC) received a stellar effort from starting pitcher Thomas Jankins – a second consecutive quality start for the rookie right-hander. Jankins was charged with two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings of work. He stuck out three and walked two of the 27 batters he faced. Matthew Oestreicher and Matthew Batten accounted for the two RBI for the Bobcats.
1. Brian Ruditys - LF/JR | .271 (16-59) | Four doubles, five RBI, and 11 RS
2. Matthew Batten - SS/FR | .195 (16-82) | One triple, four doubles, and seven RBI
3. Lou Iannotti - C/SO | .243 (17-70) | Four doubles, two triples, seven RS, and seven RBI
4. Vincent Guglietti - 1B/Jr | .301 (22-73) | .425 SLG, seven doubles, 12 RBI, and 10 RS
5. Ryan Nelson - 2B/SO | .167 (11-66) | Four doubles and five RBI
6. Nic Civale - 3B/SO | .182 (10-55) | Two RS and six RBI
7. Matthew Oestreicher - DH/FR | .184 (7-38) | Two doubles and four RS
8. Mike Blumenthal - RF/SR | .349 (15-43) | Two doubles, five RBI, and three RS
9. Mike Palladino - CF/SO | .189 (10-53) | One double and two RS
Following his shutout against Manhattan (3/22), Thomas Jankins extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings before allowing his first run. Jankins stifled Rider (3/29) through the first six innings, before finally allowing a run in the seventh frame.
Mike Blumenthal leads all Bobcat hitters with a .349 batting average in 17 games. He has a hit in three of his last four games and recorded a season-high of three hits against Fordham back in March 18.
Vincent Guglietti leads Quinnipiac with 12 RBI this season. Guglietti has four RBI in his last five games, featuring a pair in the win over Manhattan (3/22) and two in the win over CCSU (3/27).
COMING AROUND TO SCORE
Brian Ruditys has crossed the dish 11 times this year, which includes six runs scored in his last seven games. Ruditys is batting .271 on the season and has five multi-hit games thus far.
JANKINS NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Thomas Jankins was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Rookie of the Week, as announced by the MAAC office on Monday, Mar. 24. Jankins picked up his second win of the season with a masterpiece against Manhattan (3/22) in Quinnipiac's first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game in program history. Jankins, a 6-3 right-handed hurler out of Quabaog Regional High School in West Brookfield, hurled eight shut-out innings while striking out 10 – also a Quinnipiac freshman record – in a 4-0 win against the Jaspers. Jankins scattered five hits in the gem, allowing just seven base-runners in the game and retiring eight straight batters at one point.
Bobcat fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for additional schedule changes over the next week due to inclement weather and playing conditions, as well as the latest news scores and highlights.
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