Quinnipiac University Bobcats (16-26) vs.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (24-24)
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 • 3:30 PM
QU Baseball Field • Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University baseball team will host Sacred Heart on Tuesday, May 13 for its final home game of the 2014 season. Quinnipiac enters the game with a record of 16-26 overall while Sacred Heart comes to town with a 24-24 season mark.
Live stats and live video will be available at QuinnipiacBobcats.com, while the student-operated QBSN providing the play-by-play and color commentary.
Last Home Game For Gooley
Long-time Quinnipiac baseball head coach Dan Gooley will coach his final game at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field on Tuesday. Gooley will retire at the conclusion of the 2014 season to cap a 29-year coaching career that includes 24 at Quinnipiac, in addition to a hall of fame playing career in Hamden.
The Bobcats' Last Time Out
Quinnipiac clinched a berth in the upcoming 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Championship tournament with a 7-3 win against Fairfield on Sunday, May 11. The Bobcats took the first game of the twinbill to earn their first postseason berth since 2007. Quinnipiac junior Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) hit safely in all three games to extend his hitting streak to seven games while batting .455 (5-11) with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored. Rob Pescitelli (Bayshore, N.Y.) was 4-for-10 for the three-game set while also jacking his first home run of the season and totalling three RBI and three runs scored over the three games. Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) was 3-for-12 with three doubles while Dale Long (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was 3-for-5 with three walks in a doubleheader on Sunday. On the mound, Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) appeared in both games of the Bobcats' doubleheader split on Sunday, surrendering two unearned runs over five innings.
Scouting The Sacred Heart Pioneers
Sacred Heart enters Tuesday's game with a record of 24-24 for the year. Quinnipiac's former in-state conference foe is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Wagner on Sunday, May 11. The Pioneers are led by Zach Short who leads SHU in hits (55), runs scored (36) and doubles (9) as well as posting a team-best .329 average with a .432 on-base percentage and a .425 slugging percentage. Jesus Medina is hitting .278 with 45 hits, including seven doubles while also totalling 24 runs scored and 16 RBI. Jayson Sullivan in the Pioneers' home run leader with three for the year, while also driving in a team-best 25 runs and scoring 27 more. Sullivan is also tied for the team lead with nine doubles.
Pescitelli Pesky For Pitchers
Sophomore Rob Pescitelli has been causing fits for opposing pitchers, posting a team-high .433 on-base percentage, and has reached base safely in 10 of his last 23 plate appearances. He also has walked a team-high 23 times, and has been hit by a pitch 13 times, also a team-high. Pescitelli is hitting .224 (22-98) but leads the MAAC in triples (5). On Sunday, Pescitelli was 4-for-7 with a home run, three RBI and two stolen bases in a double-header split against Fairfield.
Ain't Nothin' But A G Thing
Vincent Guglietti currently leads Quinnipiac in average (.350), slugging percentage (.535), runs scored (29), hits (55), RBI (34), doubles (12), home runs (5) and total bases (84).
Streaking Guglietti is currently on a seven-game hitting streak in which he is batting .444 (12-27) with four doubles, one home run, six RBI and five runs scored. It is Guglietti's third hitting streak of five or more games, and the second longest of the year after an eight game stretch from Apr. 9-22.
Batten is Batting Big Time
Freshman Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) in enjoying a solid first year at Quinnipiac. While his .234 average is below the team average, Batten is one of two players - with Vincent Guglietti - on the Bobcats roster with 40 or more hits this year. In addition, Batten and Guglietti are the only two players to start in all 42 games for Quinnipiac this season. He also had a team-, season-high nine-game hitting streak earlier this year.
Every Day Osieja
Quinnipiac freshman Matthew Osieja (Wyckoff, N.J.) appeared in his 21st game of the season on Sunday, May 11 - the second most by a Quinnipiac pitcher since Mike Spahr in 2005. Spahr appeared in 23 games that year, the most by a pitcher in a single season in program history. Osieja is 4-2 with a 3.68 earned run average - best among all Bobcat relievers.
Everybody Gets One
Quinnipiac has had eight different pitchers pick up a win this season, the most since 2007 when the Bobcats featured nine hurlers with W's. Thomas Jankins and Osieja are tied for the team-lead with four each, followed by Justin Thomas and Brandon Shileikis with two each, and then Nick Fabrizio, Matthew Lorenzetti, Joseph Scaglione and Matt DeRosa with one apiece.