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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader against the University of Albany, winning the first game 2-1 in eight innings and taking the second game 8-3. With the two wins, Quinnipiac improves to 19-18 overall while Albany drops to 11-16 on the year.
The Bobcats are now over .500 on Apr. 21 for the first time since 2007. Head coach John Delaney – in his first season – has led the Bobcats to 12 wins in 15 games in April as well as going 10-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) collected two hits in the twin bill, including the game-winning single in extra innings in the first game. Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York) scored the game-winning run in the game, and scored two more in the second game. Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pennsylvania) drove in two runs in the second game while Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the second game. Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, New Jersey) improved to 2-0 with a win in relief in the first game while Robert Hitt (Suffield, Connecticut) improved to 4-3 on the year, also in relief in Game 2.
Joe Scaglione (Wyckoff, New Jersey) pitched 5 2/3 innings and exited with a runner on base that eventually scored after keeping Albany off-balance all afternoon. The junior right-handed pitcher pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and retired 10 straight batters through the fourth inning. He then pitched his way out of another threat with the bases loaded in the fifth before getting the first two outs of the sixth and exiting with a runner on base. Scaglione gave up just two hits, but hit five batters. Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, New Jersey) came on in relief and gave up the go-ahead run, but settled in to retire four of the final five batters he faced.
In the sixth, Scaglione got the lead-off batter to pop-out before hitting Eric Mueller with a pitch. After pinch runner Kenny Hayden stole second, Adam Mund popped out to first base. Scaglione was then lifted in favor of Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, New Jersey), who was making his team-leading 19th appearance of the season. Lorenzetti gave up a long single to Brendan Behan to score Hayden and give Albany a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, Batten hit a high fly ball to left field that drifted all the way in to just outside the infield dirt. Albany left fielder Alex Lushkevich made a play on it, but ultimately dropped it as Batten went to second on the error. With Guglietti at the dish, Batten stole third on a ball at Guglietti's feet. Guglietti then smashed a single to first base to score Batten and tie the game at 1-1.
In the eighth, Palladino doubled the opposite way, dropping a one-strike offering just inside the right field line. He then stole third when Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, New Jersey) flashed a bunt. Donaghue was then intentionally walked to bring up Batten. With runners on the corner, Albany brought in reliever Joey Moore. Moore's outing lasted just one pitch as Batten jumped on his first offering and bounced a single through the left side of the infield with the infield in to score Palladino and give Quinnipiac a 2-1 walk-off win.
In the bottom of the first inning, Palladino walked to lead-off the inning before being bunted over by Donaghue. Batten then singled to right, scoring Palladino from second base, and giving Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. Batten went to third on Guglietti's single to left-center field and scored on Lou Iannotti's (North Haven, Connecticut) ground ball to second base. After John Bodenhamer (Maple Valley, Washington) walked, Ben Gibson's (Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts) ground ball to third scored Guglietti to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead.
The Bobcats have now scored 33 first inning runs this season.
In the top of the third, freshman starter Charlie Murray (Charlton, Massachusetts) walked Hayden before getting Will Miller to pop out to short for the second out of the inning. He then walked Karson Canaday before giving up a long double to Shawn Blake that scored Hayden and Canaday to trim the Bobcats' lead to 3-2.
In the fourth, Hitt came on in relief of Murray and immediately retired Trevor DeMerritt before walking Mueller. Mueller moved to second on a dribbler back to Hitt by Behan and scored on Mund's single to left field to tie the game at 3-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, Palladino hit a chopper to short and reached on an error on the throw to first base. Donaghue then singled through the right side of the infield, moving Palladino to third, who scored when Albany's shortstop threw the ball out of play on the relay to third. With Donaghue on third after the ball went out of bounds, Guglietti singled him home with a base hit to left-center field to give Quinnipiac a 5-3 lead. Iannotti then doubled off the wall, moving Guglietti to third, before Bodenhamer walked to load the bases. Gibson's ground-ball was misplayed by Albany relief pitcher Terry Dugdale, allowing Guglietti to score before Ruditys doubled to plate two more runs and give Quinnipiac an 8-3 lead.
Quinnipiac is back in action when it hosts Marist for a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series on Apr. 25-26 at the QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Connecticut.