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EDISON, New Jersey – Five Quinnipiac baseball players were named to the All-MAAC First team Tuesday afternoon, as announced by the league at the annual banquet. In addition to the first team nominations, the Bobcats also placed 11 players on the MAAC Baseball All-Academic team.
Senior Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) was named All-MAAC First Team at First Base, senior Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, New Jersey) was named All-MAAC First Team at Second Base, sophomore Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) was named All-MAAC First Team at Shortstop, junior Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York) was named All-MAAC First Team in the Outfield and sophomore Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Massachusetts) was named All-MAAC First Team at Pitcher.
Donaghue and Jankins were also two of the 11 All-Academic selections for the Bobcats. Joining Donaghue and Jankins on the All-Academic team were graduate student Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, New York); seniors Dale Long (Saratoga Springs, New York), Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, New Jersey), and Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pennsylvania); juniors John Bodenhamer (Maple Valley, Washington), Joseph Burns (Shelton, Connecticut), Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Connecticut) and Rob Pescitelli (West Islip New York); and Matthew Osieja (Wyckoff, New Jersey).
Guglietti's All-MAAC First Team selection is the third postseason award of his career and his first ever first team selection. Previously, Guglietti was named All-NEC Second Team Designated Hitter in 2012 and All-MAAC Second Team First Baseman in 2014. This season, Guglietti moved into fourth in Quinnipiac baseball history with his 221 career hits and first in program history with 49 career doubles. As a senior, Guglietti has been in the top three in nearly every offensive category for Quinnipiac. Guglietti is first on the team in home runs (9), runs (39), RBIs, (42), and slugging percentage (.565). He is second on the team in doubles (15), walks (22) and on base percentage (.393) and third on the team in hits (58) and batting average (.315). Guglietti's 42 RBIs are third in the conference while his nine home runs are also third.
Palladino was also honored by the MAAC for a second consecutive season, improving on his solid sophomore season with a breakout junior year as he was named an All-MAAC First Team Outfielder. Palladino owns the Quinnipiac baseball Division I program record for stolen bases in a season with 24 and a career with 35. He leads the team in runs (39), doubles (16), stolen bases (24) and on base percentage (.414) while he is second on the team in hits (61) and batting average (.321). Palladino is first in the MAAC in stolen bases, tied third in doubles and tied for first in hit by pitches (13).
Donaghue earned an all-league honor for the first time in his career as he was named an All-MAAC First Team second baseman. The Bobcats second baseman is having a career season, batting .301 with 55 hits, 32 runs scored, 12 doubles, two home runs, 25 RBIs, and 23 walks. Donaghue has set career highs in hits, runs, doubles, and stolen bases this season.
Batten was also honored by the MAAC for the first time in his career as he was named an All-MAAC First Team Shortstop. Batten is currently riding a 22 game hit streak, second in Quinnipiac baseball program history to Toby Peterson's 23 game hitting streak in 2000. Batten is second on the team to Palladino, and second in the team's Division I stolen base record with 21 steals this season and 33 in his career. Batten is also batting .301 while a team-high 62 hits, 33 runs scored, 33 RBIs and his 21 stolen bases.
Jankins wrapped up the Bobcats All-MAAC honors as he was named an All-MAAC First Team Pitcher. Jankins is 5-5 this season with an impressive 3.23 ERA, striking out 49 batters in his 75 1/3 innings pitched. Jankins has made 12 starts this season and lasted at least six innings in each start this season. He leads the pitching staff in wins (5), ERA (.323), innings pitched (75 1/3), and strikeouts (49). Jankins ranks seventh in the league in ERA and innings pitched.
The Bobcats begin the MAAC Tournament on Wednesday, May 20 as they No. 3 seed when they open up the tournament with a 12 P.M. showdown with the No. 6 seed Marist Red Foxes at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, New York. If the Bobcats win, they will face the No. 2 seed Canisius Golden Griffins on Thursday, May 21 at 12 P.M. If Quinnipiac falls to Marist, the Bobcats will face the loser of the game between the No. 4 Siena Saints and No. 5 Monmouth Hawks on Thursday at 3:30 P.M.