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HAMDEN, Conn. – Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) and Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) set and tied several Quinnipiac baseball program records Saturday afternoon as the Bobcats swept a doubleheader with the Niagara Purple Eagles, winning game one of the doubleheader 10-3 followed by a 7-3 victory over the Purple Eagles in game two.
Batten set the new Quinnipiac Division I career stolen bases record with his 30th career steal, breaking Mickey Amanti's old record set in the 2011 season. Batten now moves into sixth place on the all-time list. Guglietti tied the all-time career doubles record with his 47th career double, tying Tim Binkoski '07 for the top spot.
The Bobcats improved to 23-21 (13-7 MAAC) with its doubleheader sweep while the Purple Eagles fell to 11-25-2 (7-10 MAAC) with their fifth loss in their last seven games.
Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York) led the Bobcats with five hits in the doubleheader, going 5 for 7 with a triple, two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base. Guglietti hit a double in each game of the doubleheader and Batten recorded three hits to lead the offensive attack.
Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Massachusetts) and Wyatt Hamilton (Falmouth, Massachusetts) each picked up wins in their starts for the Bobcats. Jankins (5-4) tossed 6 2/3 where he allowed three unearned runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts while Hamilton (1-2) won his first career game for the Bobcats with a 4 2/3 effort allowing just one run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Palladino, Batten and Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Connecticut) each had multiple hits in the first game of the doubleheader as Palladino led the way with a 3 for 4 performance at the dish. Batten went 2 for 5 with a pair of runs scored while Iannotti went 2 for 3 with a double, run and a RBI.
The Bobcats got things started in the bottom of the first inning with two runs to set the tone for the game. Palladino led off the game with a single through the left side of the infield before moving up to second base on Donaghue's groundout. Batten then singled to the opposite field to score Palladino. After an error and a flyout put Batten on third base, Iannotti ripped a double down the right field line to bring home Batten to extend the lead to 2-0.
In the next inning, Palladino skied a triple onto the ridge in right centerfield that scored Julius Saporito (Manalapan, New Jersey) all the way from first base with two outs.
Jankins was dealing throughout the contest, most notably in the top of the third inning when he struck out the side.
The bottom of the third brought another run home for the Bobcats as Batten reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning. He followed up the single by swiping second base with his 20th steal of the season. A wild pitch and an Iannotti walk put runners on the corners for Rob Pescitelli (West Islip, New York). Pescitelli reached on a bunt single to the right side of the infield to make it 4-0 in favor of the Bobcats.
Palladino brought home another run in the bottom of the fourth inning after Gibson reached on a throwing error and moved to third on a Saporito sac bunt. Palladino laid down a safety squeeze to the right side of the infield to score Gibson.
For the fifth straight inning, the Bobcats took a 6-0 lead after Guglietti lead off with a double and moved to third when the right fielder bobbled the ball and allowed Guglietti to advance. Guglietti came home to score during Iannotti's at bat on a wild pitch.
Niagara got three runs back, all unearned, in the top of the seventh inning to cut the Bobcats lead in half. Joel Brophy led off with a walk before Trevor McCauley lined a pitch right back at Jankins, who snared the ball and doubled up Brophy at first base. After an Owen Dziados walk and Geoff Soto reached on an error, Taylor Hackett doubled home two runs and Tanner Kirwer doubled home Hackett to make it 6-3.
The Bobcats blew the game open in the bottom of the eighth inning after Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, New Jersey) got the Bobcats out of the jam. Iannotti led off with a single followed by a Pescitelli walk before each runner was advanced on a Matthew Oestreicher (North Haven, Connecticut) sacrifice bunt. Dale Long (Saratoga Springs, New York) laid down a safety squeeze to score Iannotti and advance Pescitelli to third. Pescitelli came home to score two batters later on a wild pitch. Oestreicher and Saporito each came home to score later in the inning on back-to-back errors by the Purple Eagles.
Niagara scored first in the second game of the doubleheader but the Bobcats didn't not let it last. Taylor Gallup came home to score on an Anthony Firenzi single through the left side of the infield after Gallup led off the game with a walk.
The Purple Eagles threatened in the top of the second inning after Hamilton hit three straight batters to load the bases, but a great play by Ben Gibson (Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts) forced out a runner at home plate followed by a Thomas Rodrigues strikeout got Hamilton out of the jam.
Quinnipiac took the lead for good in the bottom of the second inning when Guglietti led off the inning with a double on a 3-0 pitch to right field before moving to third on a passed ball. Iannotti walked to put runners on the corners before Guglietti scored on a passed ball and put Iannotti in scoring position. Pescitelli grounded a 2-2 pitch to the second baseman where it was botched and Iannotti scored to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
The Bobcats blew the open game two of the doubleheader in the bottom of the third inning. Palladino singled and moved to third base after stealing second and advanced on a throwing error by the catcher. Donaghue walked to put runners on the corners before a Batten RBI single made it 3-1. With runners on first and second, Guglietti reached on an error by the second baseman to score Donaghue. Batten moved to third on the error, putting runners on the corners. Guglietti stole second base to put two runners in scoring position for Pescitelli, who brought home both Batten and Guglietti with a two-RBI single to right field.
Anthony Cruz (Burlington, Massachusetts) scored the final run of the day for the Bobcats in the bottom of the fourth inning on a wild pitch as the Bobcats had runners at second and third and Niagara starting pitcher Daniel Procopio threw the intentional walk pitch to the back stop, allowing Cruz to score.
Niagara scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning but could not put together a comeback. Gallup scored Dziados with a RBI groundout and Rodrigues scored Seto with a RBI single to bring the game within 6-3.
The Bobcats and Purple Eagles will complete their three game series on Sunday, May 3 with the first pitch scheduled for 12 P.M.