Monthly Archives: February 2009

Busy Saturday on sports stream

By Andrew Fletcher

The Quinnipiac Bobcats baseball team has a double header tomorrow, beginning at 10:55 a.m. with Mike Radomski on the call.

The women’s basketball game against CCSU called by Aaron Tanguay, Andrew Gau and Katie Meline will be archived.  The men’s game against CCSU called by Jay Slater, Jeremy Schilling and Tyler Chaput will also be archived.

As always, you can listen on our sports stream.

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Bobcats lose season opener in walk-off fashion

By Mike Radomski

The first game didn’t go as planned for the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the season opening 11-10 loss at the Maryland Terrapins.

Quinnipiac took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Bryn Doyle’s RBI single. Bobcats starter Chris Gloor kept the Terrapins off the board until the fourth inning when Mike Murphy took the lefthander deep for a three-run home run.

Maryland would score another three runs in the fourth inning to extend the lead to five runs. Dan Benick scored on a wild pitch, and a Jensen Pupa RBI single would knock Gloor out of the game. The Bobcats lefty pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs in the process. Right-hander Joe Duffy relieved Gloor and pitched the rest of the way for Quinnipiac.

In the fifth, the Comeback Kids would start their ascent. Bobak Emamian picked up an RBI single, and two batters later, Joe Poletzky drove home two on an RBI single to bring the Bobcats within two.

Quinnipiac would complete the comeback in the sixth inning with a four-run frame. With back-to-back singles to start the inning, Mickey Amanti would close the gap to one with an RBI single. Doyle walked to load the bases and Emamian drew a four pitch walk to tie the game. Marmo opened up the game with a two-run double as the Bobcats took their second lead of the game.

The Bobcats would hold the 8-6 lead until the seventh inning when Maryland would tie up the score with an RBI double from pitch hitter Curtis Lazar.

In the eighth, the Bobcats would play small ball to move runners over and regain the lead. Doyle drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on an error from reliever Brett Jones. With two runners on and no outs, head coach Dan Gooley called for another bunt that again proved costly for Maryland with back-to-back errors. Reliever Dan Gentzler retired the next two hitters with the bases loaded but wasn’t able to end the inning unscathed. Freshman Chris Migani ripped a two-run double to right field to hand a 10-8 lead back to Duffy.

Pupa closed the difference to one with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. Quinnipiac failed to score in the top of the ninth and Duffy would toe the rubber in the bottom half up by just a run.

Tyler Buran led off with a single. Following a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, A.J. Casario hit a slow roller to third and just legged out an infield single to third. Gooley came out of the Quinnipiac dugout to discuss the call with first base umpire Mitch Mele to no avail. Two pitches later, David Poutier crushed a double to right field, scoring two runs, and winning the game for the Maryland Terrapins 11-10.

In a game filled with offensive attacks and a multitude of comebacks, the Terps found themselves on the winning end in the first game of the three-game series.

Sunday’s game has been canceled for the series as the two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.

You can hear the games on the WQAQ Sports Stream beginning at 10:55.

Click here to view the box score from this game.

Road baseball live on sports stream

By Andrew Fletcher

Co-Sports Director Mike Radomski will be broadcasting all of the games of Quinnipiac Baseball’s southern swing this year.  Yes, you read that right.  He will be traveling with the team to Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina over the next few weeks.

First up is a three-game series against the University of Maryland in College Park that begins today at 3 p.m.  You can listen live on our sports stream at 2:50.

Athlete of the Week: Justin Rutty

Photo Credit: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Photo Credit: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

By Tyler Chaput

Justin Rutty has earned WQAQ Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this semester after being named Choice Hotels/NEC Co-Player of the Week on Monday, Feb. 23.  He is recognized after leading Quinnipiac to victories against Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday, Feb. 19, and Long Island on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Overall, Rutty averaged 18.0 points and 11.0 boards in those two wins.  He busted out for 23 points and 16 rebounds in the 78-73 win at LIU.

The sophomore leads his team in rebounding with 245 total boards, and is second on the team in scoring with 398 points and scoring average with 15.3 points per game.

Rutty is also second in the country in offensive rebounds per game (4.54), 13th in field goal percentage (.615), and 23rd in rebounds per game (9.42).

Men’s basketball live on sports stream

By Andrew Fletcher

The Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s basketball team is taking on Wagner tonight at the TD Banknorth Sports Center at 7 p.m.

Alex Birsh, Robin Schuppert and Andrew Gau will bring you all the action live on our sports stream at that time.

Bobcats lose temper, game to Brown

By Jamie Palatini

After the final whistle blew in Quinnipiac’s men’s ice hockey game against Brown, the Bobcats showed more fire and energy than they did in 60 minutes of play.

Quinnipiac (15-14-3. 8-9-3 ECAC) followed up an embarrassing performance with an even more embarrassing display of sportsmanship, inciting a full out brawl after a 3-2 loss to the lowly Brown Bears (3-20-4, 3-14-3) at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.

The fracas fired up behind the Brown net, with David Marshall, Eric Lampe and Zach Hansen all involved for the Bobcats. It was unclear who started the fight, but all three received game misconducts and disqualifications which will force them to miss the Bobcats’ next game at Harvard.

Saturday’s lackluster performance came on the heels of one of Quinnipiac’s best games, a 3-3 tie against ECAC leader and crosstown rival Yale. But the Bobcats played with only a fraction of that intensity and energy against a Brown team in the basement of the ECAC and only two wins to its name all season.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Brown, but from our standpoint I’m really disappointed with how we played,” Pecknold said. “We’re battling for a home-ice playoff spot, and the guys just kind of showed up at the rink tonight.”

Tonight was Quinnipiac’s final home game, which was preceded by Senior Night festivities honoring seven players who were participating in their final game on home ice. Both of the Bobcats’ goals were scored by seniors, Marshall and Bryan Leitch, but Pecknold felt the negatives far outweighed the positives.

“I’m disappointed in my seniors, and I’m really disappointed in my captains,” Pecknold said. “We’re just not getting the leadership that we need.”

With 4:10 remaining in the first period, Brown took the lead. While on the power play, Jeremy Russell’s pass was deflected through the slot into the left faceoff circle. Senior goalie Bud Fisher slid across the crease to try and recover, but Matt Vokes got to the loose puck and lifted it over Fisher to give Brown the 1-0 lead.

Quinnipiac had two 5-on-3 advantages in the second period, and was able to score on the latter. Marshall skated into the slot of the Brown zone untouched, and fired a snap shot into the top right corner of the net past Brown goalie Michael Clemente. It was Marshall’s 18th goal of the season, and Quinnipiac had tied the game at one.

But with 2:16 to go in the second period, the Bears retook the lead. Freshman defenseman Michael Wolff’s soft wrist shot seemingly had eyes and fluttered past a screened Fisher to give Brown the 2-1 advantage.

Just over four minutes into the third period, Brown extended their lead. After Andrew Meyer failed to clear the puck, Jordan Pietrus picked up the loose puck and passed it to Sean McMonagle. Fisher caught a piece of Pietrus’ shot, but not enough of it as the puck trickled in behind him to spot Brown a two-goal lead.

“That’s the hockey game right there,” Pecknold said. “If you’re looking for the pivotal moment, it’s right there…two seniors with no urgency.”

Leitch scored with 35 seconds remaining to pull Quinnipiac within a goal, but the Bobcats were unable to score the equalizer.

The Bobcats currently sit in seventh place in the ECAC, and are now in danger of having to travel on the road for the first round of the playoffs. They’ll look to regroup on Friday when they travel to Cambridge, Mass., to play Harvard.

Click here to view the box score from this game.

Baseball is back on college campuses

By Mike Radomski

With a simple glance outside, the average American might think the baseball season is a few weeks away, but a glance at the schedule can change all of that.

February is typically a month where the sports schedule calms down, but many campuses are becoming busier with the start of the college baseball season.

The baseball season officially started on Friday with Florida Gulf Coast hosting Central Michigan at 12:01 in the morning. Games could officially start on Feb. 20 and the two clubs began what should be a very exciting baseball season.

Teams across the country have been preparing for this moment to step on to the field, dig into the box, and have that opportunity to slip into the cleats again.

Quinnipiac has been practicing and will start their season next weekend at the University of Maryland for a three-game series. The Bobcats were predicted to finish fifth in the Northeast Conference in the season’s first coaches poll.

You can listen to all of the Maryland series on the Bobcat Sports Network presented by WQAQ. The series runs from Friday, Feb. 27 until Sunday, March 1. Friday’s game will began at 3 p.m., while the weekend’s contests will begin at 1 p.m. Click on the QU away sports stream to listen.