Donaghue's Double Lifts QU Baseball to Series-Clinching Win at Niagara, 4-3
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – A two-run double off the bat of Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) proved to be the difference on Monday afternoon, as the Bobcats claimed a 4-3 victory in game three of its weekend series at Niagara. Quinnipiac took two of the three games to improve to 4-3 in MAAC play.
Similar to the backend of the doubleheader yesterday, the final game was all square heading into the last inning of play. Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) made it first-and-third with a single up the middle. Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) drew a walk to load the bases for the Bobcats, setting the stage for Donaghue with two outs in the inning. Donaghue lined a two-run double down the left field line to score Palladino and Batten for a 4-2 lead. Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) worked into and out of trouble to secure the victory.
Quinnipiac (8-16, 4-3 MAAC) received a very strong showing from its pitching staff, as head coach Dan Gooley used three of them on the day. In his very first collegiate start, Brandon Shileikis (North Dighton, Mass.) shined in scattering six hits over five innings of work. He was charged with one run and struck out one in the no decision. Joseph Scaglione (Wyckoff, N.J.) relieved Shileikis in the sixth and pitched three scoreless innings to get the Bobcats to the ninth inning. He allowed two hits and struck out three to pick up his first win of the season. Binkiewicz allowed one run on one hit, but escaped to collect his fourth save of the year.
Offensively, Palladino and Batten each finished with a pair of hits (2-3) on the day. Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.), Donaghue and Iannotti accounted for the other three Bobcat hits. Nelson drove in Quinnipiac's first run with an RBI single in the second, while Palladino did the same in the fourth. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) and Rob Pescitelli (West Islip, N.Y.) each scored on Nelson and Palladino's hits, respectively.
With the win, Quinnipiac won its second MAAC series of the season. The Bobcats have won six of their last nine games, and three of their last four.
Niagara fell to 8-18 overall and 2-5 in league play. The Purple Eagles had nine hits but left eight men on base.
Weather continues to make things difficult for Quinnipiac, as the Bobcats now turnaround to host back-to-back non-conference games this week. Quinnipiac welcomes Rhode Island to Hamden on Tuesday, April 8, and Hartford on Wednesday, April 9. Both games will take place at 3 p.m.
Bobcat fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for additional schedule changes over the next week due to inclement weather and playing conditions, as well as the latest news scores and highlights.
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