Quinnipiac names Orange's Migani co-captain of baseball team
Quinnipiac baseball junior Chris Migani, of Orange, has been named a captain by coach Dan Gooley for the 2011 season.
Migani is the first captain at Quinnipiac under Gooley since the 1983 season. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) and Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) have been named as co-captains.
“Over the last three years, we have witnessed great baseball talent and leadership by these three players,” Gooley said. “I am honored to have these three young men as our leaders heading into the 2011 campaign.”
Migani enters his junior year with 104 career hits through his first two seasons, becoming just the third player in Quinnipiac’s Division I history to reach the 100-hit mark as a sophomore. He joins Farina and current Quinnipiac assistant coach Tim Binkoski as the three players to do so.
Last year, Migani batted .307 (51-for-166) with five home runs, 31 RBIs, 10 doubles and 27 runs scored. Migani slugged a team-high .470 while also posting a .359 on-base percentage.
On the base paths, he was 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts, while in the field he posted a .945 field percentage.
Migani completed the 2010 season with a nine-game hitting streak in a year that saw him post 16 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI games.
Farina enters his senior year as the Bobcats’ active hit leader, with 181 for his career.
Farina’s three-year total currently ranks 12th all-time at Quinnipiac and 10th at the Division I level.
Farina was the second player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 100-hit mark as a sophomore, while his 72 hits last season are the fourth highest single-season total in program history.
Farina needs just 19 hits to become the seventh player in program history to reach 200 hits, and 67 to break the all-time record of 245 held by Binkoski.
The active leader in doubles, with 41, Farina enters his final season need seven to break Binkoski’s record of 47. Last season, Farina had a team-best 18-game hitting streak.
Rinaldi pitched 24 1/3 innings over 17 games last season out of the bullpen for Quinnipiac. He opened his junior year with back-to-back scoreless appearances against North Carolina State and followed by allowing just two runs over his next three appearances. He went to allow just six runs over his next 13 innings pitched while recording three saves down the stretch.
In three years, Rinaldi has appeared in more than 20 games, pitching close to 50 innings and striking out 29 over that time frame.