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WAPPINGERS FALLS, New York – Quinnipiac baseball senior first baseman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) hit a solo home run in his final collegiate at bat as the No. 3 seed Bobcats were eliminated from the MAAC Tournament with a 12-2 loss to the No. 2 seed Canisius Golden Griffins
Canisius (32-28) advances to the MAAC Championship to face the No. 4 seed Siena Saints for the third consecutive season, where the Saints have defeated the Golden Griffins in two of the last three MAAC Championship games.
Quinnipiac (29-27) finishes the 2015 season tied for the most wins in a single season in program history and had the first winning season since the 2007 season when the Bobcats went 29-18-1.
Guglietti went 2 for 2 in his final game as a Bobcat, with his ninth inning solo home run along with a pair of walks. This postseason, Guglietti led the Bobcats with seven hits as he went 7 for 13, good for a .538 batting average. Guglietti's seven hits are tied for the second most hits in conference tournament in the program's Division I history with John Delaney and Kevin MacIlvane, only trailing Ryan Rizzo's 11 for 20 performance in the 2005 Northeast Conference tournament.
Senior Dale Long (Saratoga Springs, New York) followed in Guglietti's footsteps as he also recorded a hit in his final collegiate at bat with a pinch-hit single to left center field in the top of the ninth inning.
Ben Gibson (Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts) went 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored while Julius Saporito (Manalapan, New Jersey) and Matthew Oestreicher (North Haven, Connecticut) each singled for the Bobcats.
Senior relief pitcher Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, New Jersey) pitched well in relief of starting pitcher Justin Thomas (Enfield, Connecticut), tossing 2 1/3 innings of scoreless work with one strikeout.
Canisius scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Connor Panas led off the game with a single up the middle and moved to third on Mike Krische's single to center. With two outs in the inning, Jesse Puscheck reached on an error that allowed Panas to score.
The Golden Griffins added three more runs to take a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. For the second straight inning, the first two batters reached base as Jake Lumley singled and Anthony Massicci walked to put runners on first and second. After a Cyrus Senior sacrifice bunt, Panas single home both runners to give the Golden Griffins a 3-0 lead. Panas stole second base and advanced to third after a Brett Siddall fielder's choice. After a walk a Stekl walk to load the bases, Panas scored on a wild pitch.
Ben Gibson scored the Bobcats only run of the game in the top of the third inning. He led off the inning with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on Saporito's sacrifice bunt. Gibson came home to score on a wild pitch during Donaghue's at bat.
Canisius extended its lead to 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Panas led off with a walk and moved to second on Krische's sacrifice bunt. Siddall ripped a double off the right centerfield wall to score Panas before coming home on Puscheck's singe through the left side of the infield. With the Golden Griffins' leading 6-1, Jack Massa singled down the left field line to score Puscheck and give Canisius a 7-1 lead.
The Golden Griffins took a 12-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning with a five run inning. Charlie Murray (Charlton, Massachusetts) entered the game for Lorenzetti. Puscheck was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a Massa sacrifice bunt. Lumley walked before the Golden Griffins executed a double steal. After a Massicci walk, Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, New Jersey) relieved Murray. Puscheck scored on a passed ball to make it 8-1 before Senior singled home Lumley to make it 9-1. Panas came through again for Canisius with a two RBI single through the right side to make it 11-1 Golden Griffins. A few batters later, Stekl singled to center field to score Panas and give Canisius a 12-1 lead.
With one out in the top of the ninth inning, Guglietti hit a deep home run well over the right field wall in the final at bat of his collegiate career to make it 12-2.