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We're Talkin' 'Bout Playoffs?
The No. 3 seed Quinnipiac baseball team begins play in its second consecutive MAAC Baseball Tournament appearance on Wednesday, May 20 at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, New York where they will face the No. 6 seed Marist Red Foxes at 12 P.M.
Quinnipiac Against the Field
The Bobcats won six of their eight MAAC Series during the regular season on their way to a 15-9 record in conference play, winning their most conference games in a season since going 21-7 in the NEC during the 2007 season.
- Against No. 1 Rider, Quinnipiac went 1-2 in their series on May 9 and 10
- Quinnipiac and Canisius did not face each other in the 2015 regular season
- Against No. 4 Siena, Quinnipiac went 2-1 in their series on March 27 and 30.
- Against No. 5 Monmouth, Quinnipiac went 2-1 in their series on April 4 and 6.
- Against No. 6 Marist, Quinnipiac went 1-2 in their series on April 25 and 26.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats split their final weekend series of the season against the NJIT Highlanders on Friday and Saturday, splitting each doubleheader of the series. The Bobcats won 5-1 and lost 6-1 on Friday, May 15 and won the first game on Saturday, May 16, 11-6, before falling in the second game, 13-7.
The entire MAAC Tournament will be broadcast on MAAC.tv, with live video and commentary available for every game. Live stats of the tournament will also be available through Manhattan's Stat Broadcast program. All links can be found visiting QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
What a Streak
Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) is riding a 22 game hitting streak, dating back to April 14 when it all began. Over that time, Batten is batting .356 over the streak with 31 hits in 87 at bats. In seven of the 22 games, Batten record multiple hits for the Bobcats. Batten's hitting streak ranks second in Quinnipiac's Division I history behind Toby Peterson who recorded a 23 game hitting streak during the 2000 season.
Alone at the Top
Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) claimed sole possession of the Quinnipiac baseball program record for career doubles as he finished the weekend with 49 career doubles. Guglietti ripped two doubles to give him 15 for the season, one behind Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York) for the team lead. Guglietti broke a tie with Tim Binkoski '07 with 47 doubles, the record which had stood for eight years since Binkoski's final year.
Palladino leads the Bobcats with multiple hit games this season, totaling 21 multi-hit games. Of the multiple hit games, 17 of them consisted of two hits and four games of three hits. Batten is second on the team with 17 hits and leads the team with two four-hit games. Three more Bobcats have tallied 14 multiple hit games, including Guglietti, Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Connecticut) and Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, New Jersey).
Score Early and Often
The Bobcats have scored a total of 160 runs in the first five innings of games this season, including 72 runs in the first two innings of games. In the first two innings, opponents are only scoring 54 runs against the Bobcats.
Hold On to the Leads
Quinnipiac has played well late in games, and have managed to hang on to leads and hardly loses leads. When leading after seven innings, the Bobcats are 14-1 and when leading after eight innings the Bobcats are 15-1.
Saving the Day
Sophomore Gregory Egan (Seldon, New York) has picked up five of the Bobcats eight saves this season, the third most saves in a single season in program history. Egan trails the top two spots, held by graduate student Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, New Jersey) who picked up seven saves and six saves in each of the past two seasons, respectively.
Stealing the Show
Palladino leads the Bobcats and is tied for first in the MAAC with 24 stolen bases. Palladino's 24 steals also rank tied for 32nd in the country. His stolen base total is also the most in Quinnipiac's single-season Division I program history, a mark he surpassed by passing Batten last week. Palladino is currently third in the program's single-season history, passing Bill Hanley's 23 stolen bases during the 1967 season. In his career, Palladino's 35 stolen bases are also the most in Quinnipiac's Division I history and are fourth in the all-time history, just passing Tom Silengo's 33 career stolen bases from 1968-1971.
Rob Pescitelli (West Islip, New York) has been on fire since returning to the Bobcats lineup, batting .325 with 13 hits in 40 at bats. This past weekend, Pescitelli led the Bobcats with a .462 batting average, going 6 for 13 with four runs and two RBIs.
On senior day, Dale Long (Saratoga Springs, New York) started his games since March 22 and went 2 for 5 in the Bobcats doubleheader. He scored three runs, drove in two RBIs, walked once and was hit by a pitch to reach base four times.
Donaghue has been big in the Bobcats' small ball production this season, picking up 14 sacrifice hits. As a team, the Bobcats have 51 sacrifice hits this season. Donaghue has been just as productive swinging the bat, as he's tied for fourth on the team with a .301 batting average. He has picked up a career-high 55 hits and 12 doubles this season.
Pitching to Win
The Bobcats have pitched very well in conference play this season with a 3.73 ERA. Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Massachusetts) leads the way for the Bobcats with a 4-3 record and 2.41 ERA. He has struck out 42 batters in 52 1/3 innings, allowing just 14 earned runs in eight starts and has not allowed a home runs in MAAC play.
A Look Ahead
If the Bobcats defeat the Red Foxes in the opening round of the MAAC Tournament, they will move on to face the Canisius Golden Griffins on Thursday, May 21 at 12 P.M. If the Bobcats fall to the Red Foxes, then they will face the loser of the matchup between the No. 4 seed Siena and the No. 5 seed Monmouth.