April 18, 2014

QU Baseball Hosts Saint Peter's For MAAC Series This Weekend

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (12-16, 7-3 MAAC) vs.
Saint Peter's University Peacocks (10-22, 5-6 MAAC)
Location: QU Baseball Field - Hamden, Conn.
Dates: Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014 - 12 PM (DH)Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 - 12 PM

The Quinnipiac baseball team will host Saint Peter's University for a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series this weekend. The Bobcats and Peacocks will play a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 19 at 12 p.m. followed by a single, nine-inning game on Sunday, Apr. 20. 

SCOUTING THE PEACOCKS
The Saint Peter's Peacocks enter this weekend's series with a record of 10-22 overall and 5-6 in the MAAC. The Peacock's are coming a three-game sweep of Rider last weekend and have won five of its last seven games. Jon Kristoffersen is hitting a team-high .338 (46-136) while also leading the team in runs scored (23), triples (2) and stolen bases (5) while also collected a home run and driving in 16 runs. Rob Moore checks in at .337 (32-95) with a team-high four home runs and a .537 slugging percentage. Chris Hugg is hitting .323 (31-96) while leading the team in RBI (26) and doubles (12). Reigning MAAC Pitcher of the Week Zach Hopf will take the mound in the first game of the series, followed by Mark Wilson and Jon Leiter. Hopf is 2-4 with a 4.26 ERA with a team-high 47 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings pitched for a 8.35 strikeouts per nine innings pitched rate. Wilson is 3-2 with a 5.59 ERA while Leiter is 2-3 with a 5.13 ERA. Four different players have posted saves, with Ed Mejias leading the way with three for the year.  

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Quinnipiac is currently 7-3 through its first 10 MAAC games, good for third place in the league standings behind Siena (7-2) and Fairfield (8-3). At .700 for the year, the Bobcats also sit in front of Canisius (8-4) and Monmouth (5-5). The Bobcats last three conference series for the year will come against Canisius (May 3-4), Fairfield (May 10-11) and Siena (May 15-16) before the league tournament on May 21-25 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J. The top six teams in the league standings will advance. 

MAAC Overall
Team Record Pct Home Away Neutral Streak Record Pct Home Away Neutral Streak
Siena 7-2 .778 3-0 4-2 0-0 W2 10-24 .294 3-0 7-24 0-0 W3
Fairfield 8-3 .727 2-1 6-2 0-0 W1 18-14 .563 4-1 14-13 0-0 W3
Quinnipiac 7-3 .700 2-2 5-1 0-0 W5 12-16 .429 2-3 10-12 0-1 W6
Canisius 8-4 .667 7-2 1-2 0-0 L2 20-13 .606 9-3 11-10 0-0 L2
Monmouth 5-5 .500 3-1 2-4 0-0 L1 10-17 .370 4-2 6-15 0-0 W1
Saint Peter's 5-6 .455 5-3 0-3 0-0 W5 10-22 .313 5-3 2-16 3-3 L1
Rider 3-4 .429 2-1 1-3 0-0 L3 10-20 .333 6-5 4-14 0-1 W1
Iona 3-6 .333 1-5 2-1 0-0 L3 6-19 .240 2-10 4-9 0-0 L5
Manhattan 4-9 .308 3-3 1-6 0-0 L1 8-24 .250 6-9 2-15 0-0 L1
Niagara 3-7 .300 2-4 1-3 0-0 L1 10-21 .323 2-4 8-17 0-0 L1
Marist 3-7 .300 2-2 1-5 0-0 W1 10-23 .303 2-5 8-18 0-0 W2

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST IONA
Quinnipiac is coming off a series sweep against Iona in which they outscored the Gales 11-1 over the course of the three games. The Bobcats are winners of six straight and are playing solid all-around baseball.

  • In the first game of the Bobcats' three-game series against Iona, Thomas Jankins (East Haven, Conn.) held the Gaels scoreless while holding the host Iona squad to three hits in a nine inning complete game shutout. Jankins struck out eight while walking one. It was the first-year Bobcats' second career shutout – both coming against MAAC competition after a blanking of Manhattan on Mar. 22 – as he improved to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the MAAC this season. For the year, Jankins' three wins are the most of any Quinnipiac starter, while he also leads the team in innings pitched (50.1) and strikeouts.
  • Quinnipiac freshman Brandon Shileikis (North Dighton, Mass.), making his second career start, tossed a nine-inning, complete game, one-hit shutout to complete a three-game MAAC series sweep against Iona on Sunday, Apr. 13. Shileikis gave up a one-out seeing-eye single in the third inning that skipped under the glove of Quinnipiac's third baseman, narrowly missing the second no-hitter in Quinnipiac history. He went on to face the minumum (15) over the final five innings of play for his first collegiate victory.
  • First-year Bobcat Matthew Osieja (Wyckoff, N.J.) provided clutch pitching out of the bullpen for the Bobcats, picking up his first career save after logging three innings against Hartford before picking up a late inning win against Iona on Saturday as the Bobcats defeated the Gaels, 2-1, in extra innings. For the year, Osieja leads Quinnipiac with a 4-1 record, while also leading the Bobcats in ERA (1.33), appearances (13), and opponents batting average (.196).
  • In a 4-0 week, Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) batted .412 (7-17) with six RBI and four runs scored. Guglietti hit safely in all four games, including a 2-for-5 day with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a 10-4 non-conference win against Hartford on Wednesday, Apr. 9. In a three-game series sweep of Iona, Guglietti was 5-for-12 (.600) with four RBI and two runs scored. In a 3-0 win against Iona in the first game of the series, Guglietti was 1-for-4 with a RBI before closing out the twin bill with a 3-for-5 outing that saw the big first baseman drive in two runs and score two more. In the final game of the series, a 6-0 Quinnipiac win, Guglietti was 1-for-3 with a RBI double. For the week, Guglietti posted a .647 slugging percentage and a .412 on-base percentage for a 1.059 OPS. He also manned first base admirably, going errorless in 34 opportunities.

PROJECTED LINE-UP
1. Mike Palladino - CF/SO | .232 (19-82) | one triple, one homer, four doubles, and 12 RS.
2. Matthew Batten - SS/FR | .232 (26-112) | One triple, four doubles, nine RBI, and 16 RS
3. Lou Iannotti – 1B/SO | .235 (24-102) | Four doubles, two triples, 12 RS, and nine RBI
4. Vincent Guglietti - DH/JR | .340 (35-103) | .495 SLG, eight doubles, two HR, 22 RBI, and 21 RS
5. Scott Donaghue – 3B/JR | .228 (18-79) | four doubles, one HR, 11 RS, and nine RBI
6. Rob Pescitelli- LF/ SO |.207 (12-58)  | four triples, one homer, nine RBI, and nine RS.
7. Ryan Nelson - 2B/SO | .227 (22-97) | seven doubles, one HR, and 13 RBI
8. Matthew Oestreicher - C/FR | .156 (7-45) | two doubles, two RBI, and four RS.
9. Mike Blumenthal - RF/SR | .250 (19-76) | three doubles, seven RBI, and five RS

PROJECTED STARTER VS. HARTFORD
Junior Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, N.J.) - 1-1, 5.47 ERA, and 15 SO in 26 1/3 innings pitched.  Lorenzetti threw six solid innings allowing three runs in picking up the first win of his career last week against Hartford. Lorenzetti will look to duplicate that effort as he draws the Hawks again this week.     

STREAKING
Quinnipiac is on a six-game winning streak in which they have outscored their opponents 31-12 during the streak.

LIGHTS OUT
The Bobcats pitching staff has been dominant on this winning streak. No opponent has scored more than four runs during the six-game winning streak. Quinnipiac pitching allowed only one run this past weekend against Iona in three games. Over the last 13 games the pitching staff has posted a 2.55 ERA with Matt DeRosa, Matthew Osieja, and Thomas Jankins all posting an ERA under 1.    

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
The Quinnipiac defense has been outstanding during the streak. They have gone 32 consecutive innings without making an error.

LUCKY NUMBER 13

  • The Bobcats are 10-3 in their last 13 games.  
  • Over the course of the last 13 games when Quinnipiac has scored at least three runs they are 9-0. 
  • Over the last 13 games Vincent Guglietti (.333), Matthew Batten (.327), Mike Palladino (.316), and Ryan Nelson (.306) are all hitting over .300. 

STEADY GUGLIETTI
Junior Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn) had another big weekend going 5-12 with four RBI. For the year, Guglietti leads the team in average (.340), hits (35), runs scored (21), doubles (8), home runs (2), RBI (22), total bases (51), slugging percentage (.495), walks (14) and on-base percentage (.425).

PESKY PESCITELLI
Sophomore Rob Pescitelli (West Islip, N.Y.) had a big weekend against Iona going 5-for-9 with an RBI. Pescitelli is hitting .207 (12-58) with nine runs scored while leading the team with four triples. Pescitelli's .418 on-base percentage and .414 slugging percentage both rank second in the Bobcats' lineup.

ON DECK
Quinnipiac has a busy non-conference week coming up as they face Hartford on Tuesday, Apr. 22 and UConn on Wednesday, Apr. 23 before traveling to Radford University for a three-game series on Apr. 25-27.  

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