Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-21, 10-3 MAAC) vs.
Canisius College Griffs (28-14, 11-4 MAAC)
Saturday, May 3 - 12 PM (DH, 9 Inn. - 7 Inn.)
Sunday, May 3 - 12 PM (9 Inn.)
QU Baseball Field - Hamden, Conn.
WEEKEND PITCHING MATCH-UPS
Game 1 (9 Inn.)
QU: RHP Thomas Jankins (4-6, 4.04 ERA)
Canisius: RHP Rohn Pierce (8-2, 2.29 ERA)
Game 2 (7 Inn.)
QU: LHP Justin Thomas (1-3, 3.54 ERA)
Canisius: LHP Alex Godzak (6-3, 2.78 ERA)
Game 3 (9 Inn.)
QU: RHP Brandon Shileikis (2-1, 3.76 ERA)
Canisius: RHP Devon Stewart (4-5, 5.00 ERA)
1. Mike Palladino - CF/SO | .268 (30-112) | one triple, one homer, six doubles, and 16 RS.
2. Matthew Batten - SS/FR | .240 (35-146) | One triple, six doubles, 13 RBI, and 18 RS
3. Lou Iannotti – C/SO | .241 (32-133) | Five doubles, two triples, two homers, 17 RS, and 15 RBI
4. Vincent Guglietti – 1B/JR | .328 (44-134) | .493 SLG, eight doubles, four HR, 28 RBI, and 25 RS
5. Rob Pescitelli – LF/SO | .207 (17-82) | two double, two homers, five triples, 12 RBI, and 17 RS.
6. Ryan Nelson- 2B/ SO |.226 (28-124) | eight doubles, one homer, 14 RBI, and nine RS.
7. Scott Donaghue - 3B/JR | .235 (24-102) | five doubles, one homer, 12 RBI, and 16 RS.
8. Mike Blumenthal - RF/SR | .297 (27-91) | six doubles, nine RS, and 11 RBI.
9. Brian Ruditys - DH/JR | .227 (22-97) | four doubles, eight RBI, and 12 RS.
Prior to the start of QU Baseball's doubleheader against Canisius, Quinnipiac will recognize seniors Gary Binkiewicz, Mike Blumenthal, Nic Civale, Matt De Rosa and Nick Fabrizio.Live video of the event, and two MAAC games to follow, will be available free at QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
Canisius comes to Hamden this weekend with a record of 28-14 overall and 11-4 in the MAAC, good for third place in the conference standings. Canisius is currently on a six-game winning streak, including three straight in MAAC play - the second longest streak against conference foes to Quinnipiac's current eight-game run. Canisius has done it with the bats all season long, logging a MAAC-best .305 batting average., while also leading the MAAC in on-base percentage (.433), runs scored (99), hits (142), RBI (86) and walks (81) Anthony Massicci is hitting a team-best .369 (48-130) while leading the team in hits (48), runs scored (33), walks (33) and on-base percentage (.494) while also stealing 10 bases in 13 attempts. Brett Siddall checks in at .347 (41-118) while leading the team in slugging percentage (.517) and RBI (29). Jimmy Luppens is tied with Siddall, as well as Jesse Puscheck, for the team lead in RBI. Siddall and Puscheck have also clubbed three home runs apiece, good for the team lead, while Luppens is hitting .341 (47-138) with two home runs, nine doubles and 23 runs scored. On the mound, Game 1 starter Rohn Pierce is 8-2 with a 2.29 ERA while also logging a team-high 82.1 innings pitched. Alex Godzak is 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA, and will start the second game of the series while Devon Stewart, the Griffs Game 3 starter, is 4-5 with a 5.00 ERA.
While Canisius may boast the top offense in the MAAC, Quinnipiac enters the weekend with the top pitching staff in the league. In 14 MAAC games, Quinnipiac is 11-3, while also boasting a conference leading 2.03 ERA and holding the opposition to a .210 batting average, the lowest in the league. The Bobcats have given up just 36 runs - 15 fewer than Canisius with two fewer games played than the Griffs - including 25 earned runs - 16 fewer than Siena. The Bobcats are also the only team in the MAAC to allowed less than 100 hits (83) to date against conference opponents. Incredibly, in 111 innings pitched, and 395 at-bats against, the Bobcats pitching staff has given up just 13 extra-base hits while not allowing a home run against a MAAC opponent.
Quinnipiac sophomore Rob Pescitelli's (Bayshore, N.Y.) five triples this season are the most in program history at the Division I level and tied for the most all-time. Pescitelli's five triples are also the most among all batters in the MAAC.
CLOSING IT OUT
Gary Binkiewicz's (Scotch Plains, N.J.) single-season program record seven saves lead the MAAC conference and while his 13 career saves are also an all-time best at Quinnipiac.
GET THE LEFTY UP
Quinnipiac freshman Matt Osieja (Wyckoff, N.J.) currently ranks second among all MAAC relief pitchers in appearances with 18. Oseija next appearance would match Binkiewicz's mark of 19 appearances last season, while two more appearances would make him just the third pitcher in Quinnipiac Division I era with 20 appearances in a season. Mike Spahr (23) holds the program record set in 2005 while Eric Breshcer saw action in 20 games in 2007.
Quinnipiac junior Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) currently leads the Bobcats in average (.328), hits (44), doubles (8), runs scored (25), RBI (28), total bases (66), slugging percentage (.493) and is second in on-base percentage (.405) and walks (15). Additionally, Guglietti leads the team in multiple-hit games (11),and multiple-RBI games (9).
SET THE TABLE AND LET THE BIG GUY CLEAN UP
Guglietti is hitting a team-high .397 (25-63) with runners on base and .417 (20-48) with runners in scoring position.
DO IT WITH TWO
Guglietti also leads the team with a .423 average (22-52) when hitting with two outs while 15 of his 28 RBI have also come with two outs.
Quinnipiac is currently 11-3 in the MAAC, good for second in the conference standings. The 2014 MAAC Tournament will be held on Mar. 21-25 in Lakewood, N.J. The top six teams qualify for the tournament, with the top two teams receiving a first-round bye.
Following Quinnipiac's three-game series against Canisius this weekend, Quinnipiac will head down I-95 to take on Fairfield for a three-game set on May 10-11. After its final non-conference game against Sacred Heart on Tuesday, May 13, the Bobcats will conclude the regular season on May 15-16 at Siean.
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.