Quinnipiac University Bobcats (17-18, 10-5 MAAC) vs
University of Albany Great Danes (11-14, 5-3 AE)
QU Baseball Field
April 21, 2015 - 1 P.M.
The Quinnipiac baseball team will take the field on Tuesday, April 21 for a mid-week doubleheader where they face the Albany Great Danes in a pair of seven inning games at the QU Baseball Field with the first pitch of game one is scheduled for 1 P.M.
Scouting the Great Danes
Albany comes into Tuesday's non-conference matchup riding a three-game series win over Binghamton in America East play, taking two of the three games over the weekend and have now won four of their last six games. Overall, the Great Danes are 11-14 with a 5-3 record in America East play. Shawn Blake is the lone Great Dane batting over .300, coming into Tuesday with a .347 batting average with a .456 on-base percentage and .514 slugging percentage. Blake is having a standout season for the Great Danes, as he leads the team in each of those categories as well as doubles (10), walks (15) and total bases (37), and is second on the team in runs (20). Will Miller and Craig Lepre have each hit a home run among the starting nine to lead the Great Danes to two of their three home runs this season. On the mound, Terry Dugdale and Joey Moore have been the most effective relievers as each has appeared in nine games while Dugdale is 1-1 and Moore is 3-1. Moore has also collected two saves and a 3.18 GAA along with 12 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings pitched. Dugdale is 1-1 in 18 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats faced off with the Fairfield Stags in an intrastate MAAC series over the weekend as they took two out of three to win their fifth consecutive MAAC series in the 2014-15 season. Saturday afternoon saw the two teams split a doubleheader, with the Bobcats winning the first game 4-3 in 10 innings followed by the Stags winning the second game of the matchup, 8-4. Quinnipiac took the rubber match on Sunday afternoon, 2-1, in a pitchers' duel.
Live stats and live video will be available for both games on Tuesday afternoon, with links available for each available on QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
For the second consecutive week, the Quinnipiac baseball team has received votes in the New England Interscholastic Baseball Association Division I Poll. This is the first time in at least the last three seasons in which the Bobcats have received votes in back-to-back weeks.
The Quinnipiac baseball team has won every MAAC series it has played so far this season, as the Bobcats have taken two of the three games in each as well. The Bobcats are 10-5 in conference play, the second consecutive season in which they have gotten to 10-5 in the first 15 games of conference play. Last season, the Bobcats finished conference play with a 12-10 record and finished tied for fourth place.
The View from the Top
With its 10-5 record, the Bobcats are officially atop the conference standings for the first time this season as they lead the league in conference victories. Four teams (Quinnipiac, Canisius, Rider, and Siena) each have winning percentages of .667 in conference play, but no team has as many wins as the Bobcats.
New Career High
Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) set a new career-high for home runs in a single season with his sixth home run of the season on Saturday afternoon. In total, Guglietti hit three home runs last week to lead the Bobcats, including home runs in back-to-back games against the Hartford Hawks and Northeastern Huskies
Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York) led the Bobcat sin hitting against the Fairfield Stags as he 4 for 9 with a pair of leadoff doubles in the doubleheader. Palladino his three doubles during the week to extend his team-lead to 13 doubles and is tied for 13th in program history, just six doubles from tying the program record for doubles in a season.
Only three of the nine Bobcats' pitchers during the weekend series with Fairfield allowed earned runs, giving six pitchers outings with no earned runs. Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) was the lone starter against Fairfield to not allow an earned run as he pitched 5 2/3 innings with just one unearned run and scattered six hits.
Goose Eg-ganGregory Egan (Seldon, N.Y.) pitched 2/3 of an inning to pick up his team-leading third save of the season in game three of the weekend series. Egan allowed just one base hit but
struck out two batters to slam the door shut to secure the 2-1 win for the Bobcats.
Not so many Hitt's
Freshman pitcher Robert Hitt (Suffield, Connecticut) was masterful in 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief of Thomas to keep the Stags off the board and the game tied 1-1 on Sunday. Hitt took his relief outing into the eighth inning before giving way to Egan for the save. Hitt picked up his third win of the season for his efforts to improve to 3-3.
Right? Left? Doesn't Matter
Guglietti has been equally good against right-handers and left-handers, batting .333 against each this season. Guglietti has recorded a team-high 12 hits against lefties in 36 at bats and is tied for the team lead with 29 hits in 87 at bats against righties this season.
No Pressure Here
The Bobcats have thrived at the plate this season with runners on base, batting .303 with runners on base. Leading the way in batting average with runners on base is Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, New Jersey), who is batting .400 with 22 hits in 55 at bats, while Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) leads the team with 25 hits in 63 at bats for a .397 batting average. Seven different players are batting .300 or better with runners on base.
More Pressure? No Problem
The Bobcats have done almost as well with runners in scoring position as they have with runners on base. With runners in scoring position, Donaghue is batting a team-high .447 with 17 hits in 38 at bats followed by Batten's .405 batting average with 15 hits in 37 at bats. Five different players have a batting average of .300 or better with runners in scoring position.
Guglietti leads the team in two-out RBIs this season as he has brought home a team-high 12 RBIs in the situation. Palladino is the only other Bobcat with double-digit two-out RBIs as 10 of his 12 RBIs this season have come with two outs. Another Bobcat with another similar percentage of two-out RBIs is Julius Saporito (Manalapan, New Jersey) who has seven two-out RBIs of his total 10.
This Team Can Hit
The Bobcats have recorded five or more hits in 11 consecutive games now, dating back to a four-hit performance against the Monmouth Hawks in the second game of an April 4th doubleheader. Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 4.43 runs per game and 8.31 hits per game, up from their final averages in 2013-14 of 4.1 runs per game and 7.92 hits per game.
After Tuesday's doubleheader, the Bobcats will welcome the Marist Red Foxes to town on April 25 and 26 with a doubleheader scheduled for April 25 beginning at 12 P.M. followed by a single game on April 26 at 12 P.M.