Quinnipiac is hoping that experience will be its greatest teacher on the diamond in 2024.
The Bobcats return an All-New England catcher in senior Keegan O’Connor (Andover, Mass.), who busted out as a .342 hitter with 60 RBI on 16 doubles and 13 home runs last season. However, the cupboard is hardly bare behind him.
“We really finished strong last year, and I think a lot of that was just due to guys finally getting comfortable and finally understanding who we are and what our game was. The belief and confidence went up as that happened,” reigning MAAC Coach of the Year John Delaney (Hanson, Mass.) said. “We’re hoping that those strides roll into this year. I think we have a lot of returning players who are just determined to … get back to the top.”
Four other starters from last season’s optimal batting lineup and five of the top six run producers are back from a team that produced only the second 30-win record in program history, and the first since a MAAC title-winning year in 2019.