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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac baseball team received votes for the second consecutive week in the latest New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division I Poll released on Monday, April 20, 2015. This marks the first time in at least the past three seasons in which the Bobcats have received votes in back-to-back polls.
Last week, the Bobcats went 4-1 in five games to move within one win of .500 as they sit at 17-18 (10-5 MAAC). Quinnipiac won its fifth consecutive MAAC series of the season, as they took two of three from the Fairfield Stags.
The Bobcats also sit in first place atop the MAAC Standings after the weekend, owning the most wins in MAAC play and are tied with Canisius, Rider and Siena for the best conference winning percentage. Quinnipiac trails Canisius by just one win for the most overall wins in the conference, as the Golden Eagles have 18 wins while the Bobcats have 17.
Quinnipiac won two more non-conference games this past week as they cruised past the Hartford Hawks on Tuesday with an 8-5 win in West Hartford, Connecticut before beginning a 10 game homestand with a 5-1 win over the Northeastern Huskies.
Over the weekend, the Bobcats took two of three games from the Fairfield Stags with a thrilling 4-3 win in 10 innings in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday before falling in game two, 8-4. Quinnipiac took the final game of the weekend series on Sunday in a pitcher's duel that saw the Bobcats plate the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Guglietti hit three home runs during the week on his way to batting .333 with a 1.000 slugging percentage. He also came home to score five runs and drove in seven RBIs. Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York) also stood out offensively for the Bobcats as he batted a team-high .467 with four of his seven hits going for doubles and six runs scored. Not to be outdone, Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) batted an even .300 with six singles, four runs scored, four RBI and four stolen bases for the Bobcats.
Charlie Murray (Charlton, Massachusetts) pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts to earn the win for the Bobcats against Northeastern on Wednesday. Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, New Jersey) was superb out of the bullpen this week, going 1-0 in 4 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. Robert Hitt (Suffield, Connecticut) and Joseph Scaglione (Wyckoff, New Jersey) picked up the other two wins for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, April 21 with a doubleheader against the Albany Great Danes with first pitch scheduled for 1 P.M.