MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-14, 0-4 NEC) vs. QUINNIPIAC (7-8, 2-2 NEC)
E.T. Straw Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
Thursday, March 28, 3:00 pm
Friday, March 29, 1:00 pm (DH)
Saturday, March 30, 1:00 pm
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount opened Northeast Conference play by dropping all four games at Bryant this past weekend. The Mount offense was held in check by the Bulldogs, scoring six runs in the four games while posting a .186 average. Jay Knight hit .375 (6-for-16) over the weekend while Tom Healy hit .364 (4-for-11) with a home run. On the mound, the Mount allowed 26 runs, finishing with a 6.43 ERA. For the season, Healy leads the Mountaineers with a .359 average and a .423 on-base percentage. Andrew Clow is the only other regular hitting over .300 with a .311 average. Sam Nott paces the squad with five home runs and 19 RBI. On the mound, Alain Girman is the top pitcher with a 3.26 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 19.1 innings of work.
QUINNIPIAC UPDATE: Quinnipiac enters the four-game series with the Mount with a 7-8 overall record and a 2-2 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats fell to Fairfield, 10-4, on Tuesday afternoon. Scott Donaghue leads the Bobcats with a .327 average while Vincent Guglietti (.293), Zak Palmer (.282) and Chris Migani (.275) are having solid seasons at the plate. Starting pitcher Derek Lamacchia is 2-2 with 0.58 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 31.0 innings of work. Quinnipiac's pitching staff as a whole has put together good numbers with a team ERA of 3.56 this year.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Quinnipiac holds a 27-19 lead in the all-time series with the Mount that began in 1999. The Bobcats have won seven of the eight meetings over the past two seasons, including taking 3-of-4 last year in Hamden, Conn. The Mountaineers went 10-2 against the Bobcats from 2008-10. Mount St. Mary's is 10-12 all-time at home against the Bobcats.
LAST YEAR'S SERIES: Quinnipiac won three of four games against the Mount last year in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats won the opener, 17-3, before sweeping the Saturday twinbill (7-2, 5-4 in eight). The Mount salvaged the final game of the series with a 7-6 victory. Mo Moriarty hit .500 (5-for-10, HR) while Nick Walker hit .400 (4-for-10, HR) to lead the Mount offense in the series last season. Zak Palmer hit .647 (11-for-17) for Quinnipiac, which hit .428 as a team in the four-game set.
HEALY PACING THE OFFENSE: Tom Healy has been the Mount's top hitter so far this year, leading the squad with a .359 average and five doubles. He also has a triple, two home runs and 11 RBI in 17 games played. Healy opened the year with a 12-game hit streak, and he has had at least one hit in 15 of his 17 games played.
ON THE BASEPATHS: Jay Knight leads the Mount and is 14th in the nation with 14 steals this season. He is seventh in the country in steals per game (0.783) and his 22 career steals are eighth all-time at the Mount. Knight is tied for fourth on the Mount's single-season list with 14 steals. The school single-season record is 18 stolen bases by Matt Rueckert in both 1991 and 1992.
QUARANTA MOVING UP HIT LIST: Senior Mark Quaranta has moved into a tie for ninth place on the Mount's all-time hit list with 159 career hits. He needs three hits to move past Matt Eiden (161) for eighth on the career hit list. Quaranta 14th with 31 doubles and 11th with 62 walks.
UP NEXT: The Mount is back in action when it hosts Monmouth for a four-game NEC series on April 5-7 at E.T. Straw Family Stadium on campus.