Quinnipiac University Bobcats (20-20, 11-7 MAAC) vs.
University of Hartford Hawks (14-25, 6-10 AE)
QU Baseball Field - Hamden, Connecticut
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (20-20, 11-7 MAAC) vs.
Massachusetts Minutemen (11-20, 7-8 A-10)
Earl Lorden Field - Amherst, Massachusetts
Back to the Non-Conference
The Bobcats play their final mid-week non-conference games of the season this weekend as they host the Hartford Hawks on Tuesday, April 28 at the QU Baseball Field with the first pitch set for 3 P.M. follow by a road contest with the Massachusetts Minutemen Wednesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field at 3 P.M.
Scouting the Hawks
Hartford is coming off three straight losses to the UMass Lowell River Hawks this past weekend after winning two straight. Since April 11, Hartford is just 3-9, including a loss to Quinnipiac on April 14. Overall, the Hawks are 14-25 on the season and are 6-10 in the America East conference. The Hawks are undoubtedly led by David MacKinnon who is batting .360 and leads the team in many offensive categories. MacKinnon has ripped a team-high 11 doubles, 49 hits, scored 20 runs and has walked 22 times leading to a .456 on-base percentage. Ryan Lukach is batting just .255 but has a team-high five home runs and 35 RBIs while also scoring 20 runs. Projected starting pitcher Brian Stepniak is 0-1 in five starts this season with a 4.50 ERA. He has pitched 10 innings, allowing six runs (five earned), on nine hits with four walks and eight strikeouts. Jeremy Charles has been the go-to option out of the bullpen, appearing in 16 games with a 3-2 record and 2.94 ERA. Charles has tossed 33 2/3 innings with 13 runs (11 earned), on 24 hits with six walks and 25 strikeouts.
Scouting the Minutemen
UMass is 11-20 this season with a 7-8 mark in A-10 play. The Minutemen have hit a bit of a rough patch; however, as they are riding a nine game losing streak heading into a pair of midweek games this week. This past weekend, the Minutemen were swept in a four-game series by Florida Gulf Coast down in Fort Myers, Florida. Offensively, UMass is led by Kyle Adie who is the only batter to hit over .300 at .347. Adie leads the team with 42 hits and is tied for the team lead with 19 runs score. Adie also boasts a team-high .407 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage due to six doubles and two triples. Adam Picard leads the team with two home runs this season and 17 RBIs and is third on the team with a .265 batting average. Out of the bullpen, Ben Panunzio has been the go-to option as he is tied for the team-lead with 10 appearances. He leads all pitchers with a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched. Panunzio has allowed seven runs (three earned) on 18 hits with six walks and 10 strikeouts. As a staff, the Minutemen have a team ERA of 6.18 with an opponent batting average of .308.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats lost their first conference series of the season as they took just one of the three games against the Marist Red Foxes. Marist took the first game of the series 9-5 before falling 7-4 in game two. The following afternoon, Marist won once again to take the series, winning 8-7 in a close battle.
Tuesday's home game against the Hartford Hawks will be broadcast at QuinnipiacBobcats.com with Free Live Video along with free live stats. The following day, the Bobcats road game at the Minutemen will be broadcast at UMassAthletics.com with live stats also available of the game.
Quinnipiac continues to be recognize on a regional level as the Bobcats received votes in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association poll for the third consecutive week. In each of the past three weeks, the Bobcats have been either the first or second team listed in the received votes section. The Bobcats have defeated two teams in the top five of the poll in No. 4 Northeastern and No. 5 Rhode Island.
Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) has put together a 10 game hitting streak with three more hits against the Red Foxes. Batten went 6 for 13 against Marist and is batting .341 over the 10 game hitting streak. Batten has also score eight runs during that stretch and driven in two RBIs.
Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York) recorded two more doubles this weekend to extend his team-leading total to 16 doubles this season. With the two doubles, Palladino is just three doubles away from tying the Quinnipiac baseball record of 19 doubles in a season set by Ryan Rizzo in 2007 season.
Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, New Jersey) was one of the top performer this past weekend for the Bobcats as he went an incredible 6 for 10 against the Red Foxes with a pair of doubles of his own. Donaghue has also now recorded a hit and a run in four straight games to go along with a RBI in three straight games.
Freshman Robert Hitt (Suffield, Connecticut) tied right-hander Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Massachusetts) for the most wins on the team during Tuesday's doubleheader win over Albany. In total, Hitt pitched in three games this week with two strikeouts in five innings total. Hitt struck out six batters, including the side on Saturday in the first game of the Bobcats doubleheader with Marist and just two hits allowed all week.
The Bobcats have continued their impressive second season as a member of the MAAC as they remain one of two teams with a .500 overall record. This remains the longest the Bobcats been above .500 since 2007 when they went 29-18-1 during the season.
The month of April has been great to the Bobcats as they are 13-7 with a 7-5 record in MAAC Play. Throughout the month, the Bobcats have had three separate winning streaks of three more games, led by five straight wins from April 6 to April 13. The Bobcats will look to build upon their great month of April with their final midweek non-conference games of the season.
Senior pitcher Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, New Jersey) was honored at the Quinnipiac Senior Awards Ceremony, where Lorenzetti was named one of the Top Student Athletes, led by his 3.99 GPA. On the field this season, Lorenzetti has appeared in 21 games this season, going 2-0 with a save. Lorenzetti has allowed 13 runs in 27 innings with 24 hits and 23 strikeouts. Despite a 4.33 ERA, Lorenzetti has been solid out of the 'pen.
The Bobcats will return home after their road game at UMass to host the Niagara Purple Eagles in a weekend MAAC series at the QU Baseball Field. First pitch of Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for 12 P.M. with the second game beginning a half hour after the completion of the first game. Sunday's single game is also scheduled for a 12 P.M. start.