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Wappingers Falls, New York – Starting pitcher Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Massachusetts) tossed the fourth postseason complete game in Quinnipiac's Division I history as the No. 3 seed Bobcats defeated the No. 6 seed Marist Red Foxes, 7-3, in the first game of the MAAC Baseball Tournament.
Jankins' complete game was the first postseason complete game for Quinnipiac since May 25, 2007 when current pitching coach Pat Egan went the distance in a 4-1 victory over Mount St. Mary's. Jankins allowed three earned runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
The victory gives Jankins a 2-0 mark in his first two career postseason starts. The last Quinnipiac pitcher to win his first two postseason starts was also Egan, who won on May 21, 2005 and May 25, 2007.
Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) tied the longest hit streak in Quinnipiac's Division I history when he singled in the bottom of the first inning. Batten's 23-game hit streak ties the mark set by Toby Peterson in 2000. Batten went 1-for-2 with two runs, two walks, and a hit by pitch in the Bobcats' victory.
First baseman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) led the Bobcats at the plate with a 2-for-3 day with a triple, three RBI, a run and two walks while Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Connecticut) was 1-for-4 with three RBI and a walk. Guglietti's triple was the first postseason triple for the Bobcats since Wilson Matos posted a three-bagger against Central Connecticut State on May 22, 2004 in an 11-4 loss. Guglietti and Iannotti are the first pair of Bobcats to record three or more RBI in a postseason game since May 21, 2005 when Bryan Sabatella had four RBI and Brien Magee had three RBI in a 13-6 victory over Wagner in the Northeast Conference Tournament.
Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, New York) went 2-for-4 with a run, a walk and two stolen bases for the Bobcats to extend his single-season program record to 26 stolen bases this season. Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, New Jersey) went 1-for-4 with three runs scored and a walk. Donaghue is the first player to score three runs in a postseason game since current head coach John Delaney crossed the plate three times in a 9-3 victory against Central Connecticut State on May 19, 2006.
Robert Pescitelli (West Islip, New York) and Julius Saporito (Manalapan, New Jersey) also recorded base hits for the Bobcats.
Marist took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning to get the offense going. Zach Racusin and Graham McIntire hit back-to-back lead off singles for the Red Foxes to start the game. With runners on first and second, Matt Pagano hit a ground-rule double down the left field line to score Racusin and put runners on second and third. Tyler Kirkpatrick followed that up with a sacrifice fly to right field to score McIntire.
The Bobcats answered quickly in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 2-2. Donaghue walked with one out and advanced to second on a single by Batten through the right side. After a Guglietti walk, Iannotti sliced a two-RBI single to left field to score Donaghue and Batten.
Steve Laurino's RBI single in the top of the fifth reclaimed the Red Foxes' lead. Racusin and McIntire drew back-to-back one-out walks before moving up to second and third on a wild pitch. Laurino grounded a pitch up the middle that was fielded by Donaghue at second base, who could not make a play, and Racusin came home to score.
Marist's lead was short-lived as Quinnipiac reclaimed the lead for good in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Donaghue singled with one out and moved up to second when Batten was hit by a pitch. Guglietti stepped up to the plate and drilled a triple to left-center field that scored Batten and Donaghue. Guglietti scored on Iannotti's groundball to short that was misplayed by Marist's John Brucker for an error.
The Bobcats added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend their lead to 7-3. Palladino singled to put runners at first and third with one out. Donaghue attempted a sacrifice bunt but Payero was tagged out in a rundown between third and home as Palladino advanced to third base. The Bobcats perfectly executed a double steal as Donaghue stole second base and drew the throw to allow Palladino to steal home to give Quinnipiac a 6-3 lead. After a Batten walk, Guglietti singled to center field to score Donaghue to make it 7-3.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Thursday afternoon when it faces No. 2 seeded Canisius at Dutchess Stadium. The first pitch of Quinnipiac's MAAC Tournament match-up is set for 12 p.m.