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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac baseball team has received votes in their fourth consecutive New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Poll, as released on Monday, May 4, 2015.
Not only did the Bobcats receive votes, but for the third consecutive week they are the first team receiving votes in the poll, sitting just outside the top five despite being tied for the second most victories out of all Division I New England baseball teams. Quinnipiac (24-21) is tied with Boston College (24-24) for the second most wins in the region only to UConn's 29 victories.
This past week, the Bobcats went 4-1 and ended the week on a four-game winning streak as they swept the Niagara University Purple Eagles along with a non-conference win over the Massachusetts Minutemen.
Quinnipiac is currently second in the MAAC with a 14-7 mark in conference play and 24-21 record overall. The Bobcats 14 conference wins are the most of all MAAC teams while their 24 wins are tied for the most in the conference with the Canisius Golden Griffins.
Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York) paced the Bobcats with a .471 batting average as he was tied for the team-lead with eight hits and stole five bases, along with a triple and getting hit by three pitches. Palladino was even better in conference play, boasting a .636 batting average against the Purple Eagles. Currently, Palladino is tied for the team lead with 20 stolen bases with Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut), the new Quinnipiac Division I program record.
Also during the week, Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) tied the all-time Quinnipiac baseball record for career doubles with 47, set by Tim Binkoski during the 2007 season when he was a senior on the team.
The Bobcats bested their opponents both offensively and on the mound, batting .273 while the pitching staff held opponents to a 2.51 ERA in five games. The Bobcats record one shutout during the week, a combined three-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over the Minutemen by Charlie Murray (Charlton, Massachusetts) and Robert Hitt (Suffield, Connecticut).
Quinnipiac returns to action in a matchup of the top two teams in the MAAC as they travel to Lawrenceville, New Jersey to face the Rider Broncs in a three game series beginning Saturday, May 9 at 12 P.M. followed by a single game on Sunday, May 10 at 12 P.M.