QU Baseball Drops MAAC Doubleheader At Rider, 4-2 and 9-0

QU Baseball Drops MAAC Doubleheader At Rider, 4-2 and 9-0

LAWRENCEVILLE, New Jersey – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost both games of a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader at Rider, 4-2 and 9-0. Quinnipiac drops to 24-23 overall and 14-9 in the MAAC while Rider improves to 25-18 overall and 13-3 in conference play.

Quinnipiac entered the weekend in second place in the MAAC standings and were the only team in the conference to clinch a berth in the 2015 postseason tournament, set to commence on May 20 at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, New York. With Canisius splitting with Siena on Saturday, the Bobcats slip to third place in the league standings.

A win against Rider on Sunday, May 10 would elevate Quinnipiac into second place and in-line for a bye in the first round, contingent on results from around the league on Mar. 16-17. Sunday's game against the Broncs is Quinnipiac's final conference game of the season as they host NJIT for a four-game non-conference series on May 15-16.

Michael Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York) managed three hits on the day – including Quinnipiac's only multiple-hit outing of the afternoon with two hits in the first game. Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) also collected a hit in both games to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.

Game One
Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Massachusetts) took the loss for the Bobcats in the first game to drop to 5-5 on the season. Jankins gave up four runs – only two of which were earned – on six hits over five innings of work. Taylor Luciani (Berlin, Connecticut) logged two scoreless, hitless frames before Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, New Jersey) matched Luciani's efforts in the eighth. At the dish, Palladino was 2-for-4 while Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, New Jersey) was 1-for-4 with his second home run of the season.  

Jankins retired the first seven batters he faced before Rider struck for the game's first run in the third on a RBI single by Jordan Leinweber that scored Mike Parsons. Lee Lipinski made it 2-0 when he scored on a ground ball to short by Patrick Murphy in the fourth. The Broncs plated two more runs in the fifth – both unearned – to jump out to a 4-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Rider starting pitcher Zach Mawson cruised through five innings, holding the Bobcats to a single hit – which came from Palladino to lead-off the game – before Donaghue stroked a one-out, solo home run over the left field wall to put Quinnipiac on the board. Quinnipiac looked poised for a big inning when Batten followed with a double. Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) then smoked an offering from Lawson, with a line drive to second that resulted in Batten getting doubled-up on the play.

In the seventh, Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Connecticut) singled to lead-off the top of the 7th. Rob Pescitelli (West Islip, New York) then drove Iannotti in with a double to left center field to cut Rider's lead in half, 4-2. After Matthew Oestreicher flied out for the second out of the inning, Josh Sharik relieved Mawson and retired the final two batters in the inning.

Quinnipiac threatened again, loading the bases with two outs in the eighth before falling short of pushing a run across. The Bobcats also had two runners reach in the ninth before leaving them stranded.

Game Two
The Bobcats' bats were held silent in the night cap of their doubleheader at Rider as Quinnipiac's line-up could muster just four hits over seven innings against Broncs' starter Nick Margevicius. Margevicius struck out seven over seven innings to improve to 5-4 for the year. Quinnipiac starter Wyatt Hamilton (Falmouth, Massachusetts) took the loss to drop to 1-3 for the season after giving up five runs over 3 1/3.

Batten singled with two outs in the first inning before Margevicius retired Guglietti to end the inning. Including Guglietti, Margevicius retired 12 consecutive Quinnipiac batters before Oestreicher singled in the top of the fifth inning. Quinnipiac placed two on base in the ninth, before Margevicius was able to pitch out of the jam.

Quinnipiac and Rider play the third and final game of their MAAC series on Sunday, May 10 at 12 p.m. in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Quinnipiac wraps-up the regular season against NJIT on May 15-16 at the QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Connecticut.