April 19, 2014

QU Baseball Extends Win Streak To Eight Games With MAAC Doubleheader Sweep Against Saint Peter's

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team swept a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader against Saint Peter's, winning 5-2 and 9-2, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats' winning streak extends to eight games as they improve to 14-16 overall and 9-3 in the MAAC while Saint Peter's drops to 10-24 overall and 5-8 in league play. 

Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.), Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) and Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) all collected four hits in the twin-bill, with Blumenthal posting a 3-for-3 showing with three RBI in the second game and Guglietti blasting his third home run of the season. Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) was 3-for-7 with his first career home run – a three-run no-doubter in the first inning of the second game to give Quinnipiac a lead it would not relinquish. Ianotti also had  a run-scoring double in the game. Rob Pescitelli (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored three runs in the double header that saw the Bobcats outscore the Peacocks, 14-4, while collecting 25 hits over 13 innings.

Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Mass.) and Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) picked up victories, with Thomas spinning a seven-inning complete game for his first victory of the season.

In the first game, Quinnipiac senior Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) saved his sixth game of the season, matching the single-season record he set last season, while pushing his career total to a program-record 12 in two years. Jankins picked up the win to improve to 4-5 on the season after holding St. Peter's to two runs on seven hits over six innings of work.

St. Peter's manufactured runs in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the third inning, Quinnipiac plated three runs, keyed by a double by Iannotti off the right field wall before Guglietti and Pescitelli both drove in a pair of runs to give Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead.

Quinnipiac struck for another run in the fifth to take a two-run lead, while Jankins continued to douse the flames from Saint Peter's as he held them off the board for his final three innings of work. Matthew Osieja (Wyckoff, N.J.) held St. Peter's scoreless over the seventh and eighth innings before Binkiewicz slammed the door on the Peacocks in the ninth for the save.

In the second game, Quinnipiac answered a two-run top of the first by St. Peter's with a five-run bottom half of the inning. Mike Palladino (Rockvillle Centre, N.Y.) led off with a single before moving to third on a double by Batten. Iannotti then connected for his first career home run – a towering shot to deep right field that gave Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead. Guglietti then connected, on the next pitch from Saint Peter's Mark Wilson, blasting his third home run of the year to give Quinnipiac a two-run lead, 4-2. After the next two batters were retired on a double-play ball, Donaghue singled and scored on a double by Blumenthal. Blumenthal also drove in Pescitelli with a single in the bottom of the third inning to give Quinnipiac a 6-2 lead.

Meanwhile, Game 2 starter Thomas was cruising. After giving up a pair of runs on two hits in the first, Thomas settled in and held Saint Peter's hitless through the fifth inning, allowing just two base-runners, and keeping the Peacocks off the board.

In the bottom of the fifth, Blumenthal drove in his third run of the game in his third at-bat, slicing a single to left to score Pescitelli and give Quinnipiac a 7-2 lead. After Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) walked to load the bases, Palladino delivered a two-out single to center field that pushed two more runs across for the Bobcats to give Quinnipiac a 9-2 lead.

Thomas pitched a perfect sixth before giving up a lead-off single in the seventh, halting his run of nine-straight batters retired. Thomas induced a groundball to the next batter for the double play before getting Zach Rawson to ground out to end the game.

Quinnipiac and Saint Peter's will meet again on Sunday, Apr. 20 for the final game of their three-game MAAC series at 12 p.m. at the QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.