Quinnipiac Baseball Endures Disappointing Spring Road Trip
By Jamie Palatini
March 19, 2008
It’s certainly not the start Head Coach Dan Gooley was hoping for.
Quinnipiac University’s Baseball Team kicked off its season with a southern spring road trip that ended this past Sunday. The Bobcats finished the road trip with a 2-8 record against some of the stiffest competition they will face this year, which included Duke, Michigan State, and Davidson.
If you want to find reasons for this team’s struggles so far, look no further than the pitching staff. Through 10 games the Bobcats pitching staff’s ERA is 7.67, and overall the team has allowed 85 runs. They have also allowed 10 or more runs in six of their 10 games.
But despite the poor pitching, Quinnipiac has had good offensive production during the first week of the season. The Bobcats scored 15 runs in both of their two wins and are averaging over six runs per game.
Some standout performers from the road trip for the Bobcats include First Baseman/Designated Hitter Pete Kummerfeldt and infielders Tyler Turgeon and John Delaney. Kummerfeldt homered in each of the Bobcats first three games, and currently leads the team those three home runs, a .385 batting average and 11 RBIs. Freshman Tyler Turgeon made an immediate impact with six RBI’s in the Bobcats first game, a 15-10 win over Davidson. Senior infielder John Delaney is tied for the team lead in hits with 15, and has been one of the most consistent performers for the team thus far with a .325 average, two home runs and nine RBIs.
However, the lack of pitching has to be a concern for Gooley. Of the 6 pitchers who have started games for Quinnipiac, only 2 have ERAs below 9.00. Luckily for the Bobcats, they’ve made their way through the toughest part of their schedule, and hopefully this experience will pay off down the road. They’ll try and right the ship this Thursday when they host Fairfield at 3 PM.