AMHERST, Mass. – QU Baseball freshman starting pitcher Charlie Murray (Charlton, Massachusetts) and freshman reliever Robert Hitt (Suffield, Connecticut) combined to throw a three-hit shutout of the Massachusetts Minutemen 3-0 Wednesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field.
The Bobcats move their record back up to .500 at 21-21 (11-7 MAAC) with a victory over the Minutemen in their final mid-week non-conference game of the season as Massachusetts falls to 11-22 (7-8 A-10).
Murray (2-1) allowed just three hits in six shutout innings in his sixth start of the season while striking out six four batters. Hitt relieved Murray in the seventh to pitch the final three innings and pick up his first career save. Hitt struck out three batters over the course of three innings without allowing a base runner.
Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) and Robert Pescitelli (West Islip, New York) each went 1 for 4 with a RBI while six different Bobcats recorded a hit in the victory. Pescitelli's hit and RBI were each his first of the season as he made his second start. The Bobcats scored all three runs in the top of the fourth inning and held on for their 21st victory of the season.
Guglietti's base hit was his team-leading 50th of the season as he also drove in his 33rd RBI of the season and came home to score his 32nd run of the season.
Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut), Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York), Matthew Oestreicher (North Haven, Connecticut), and Julius Saporito (Manalapan, New Jersey) each recorded base hits for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats got things going in the top of the fourth inning after Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, New Jersey) led off the inning with a walk followed by a Batten single through the right side of the infield to put runners on the corners with no outs. Guglietti ripped a single to right field that scored Donaghue easily. As Batten was advancing to third base, rightfielder Adam Picard's errant throw allowed Batten to score and move Guglietti to second base. Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Connecticut) laid down a sacrifice bunt towards the third base that advanced Guglietti third base and he came home to score on Pescitelli's first RBI single of the season.
Murray scattered four base runners on three hits and a walk through the first 4 1/3 innings. After Murray picked off Brett Evangelista following a lead-off single in the bottom of the fifth inning, Murray and Hitt combined to retire the final 14 Minutemen batters they faced to end the game.
Quinnipiac nearly tacked on more insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning after back-to-back singles by Saporito and Palladino. Donaghue sacrifice bunted Saporito and Palladino to put runners on second and third with two outs but the Bobcats could not bring them home.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, May 2 when they face the Niagara Purple Eagles in their second to last MAAC series of the season with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at 12 P.M. and a single game set for Sunday, May 3 at 12 P.M.