QU Baseball Opens 2014 MAAC Baseball Championship Tournament Against Monmouth On Wednesday, May 21

2014 MAAC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 4 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (17-29, 12-10 MAAC) vs. 
No. 5 Monmouth University Hawks (22-23, 12-10 MAAC)
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: FirstEnergy Park • Lakewood, N.J.
All-Time vs. Monmouth: 18-34

The No. 4-seeded Quinnipiac University baseball team will face-off against No. 5 seed Monmouth University in the second game of the 2014 MAAC Baseball Championship tournament on Wednesday, May 21 at 3:30 p.m. 

MAAC.tv
All games at the 2014 MAAC Baseball Championship will be available live in HD on MAAC.tv. In addition, the MAAC Baseball Awards Show will be available free of charge on Tuesday, May 19, 2014. Quinnipiac has several players that are potential award recipients, including:

Vincent Guglietti (All-MAAC, Player of the Year)
Thomas Jankins (All-MAAC, Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year)
Gary Binkiewicz (All-MAAC, Relief Pitcher of the Year)
Lou Iannotti (All-MAAC)
Matthew Batten (All-MAAC)
Mike Palladino (All-MAAC)
Rob Pescitelli (All-MAAC)
Matthew Osieja (All-MAAC) 

LISTEN LIVE
QBSN'S Jon Alba and Morey Hershgordon will have the call from FirstEnergy Park for all of Quinnipiac's games in the MAAC Baseball Championship.

MAAC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 21
Game No. 1 #3 Fairfield vs. #6 Manhattan 12:00 PM 
Game No. 2 #4 Quinnipiac vs. #5 Monmouth 3:30 PM
Game No. 3 #1 Canisius vs. Lower Seed Winner Game 1 or 2 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 22
Game No. 4 #2 Siena vs. Higher Seed Winner Game 1 or 2 12:00 PM
Game No. 5 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 3:30 PM
Game No. 6 Loser Game 3 or 4 Lower Seed vs. Game 5 Loser 7:00 PM

Friday, May 23
Game No. 7 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 12:00 PM
Game No. 8  Game 3 or 4 Loser Lower Seed vs. Game 6 winner 3:30 PM
Game No. 9 Loser Game 7 vs. Game 8 winner 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 24
Game No. 10 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 12:00 PM
Game No. 11 (If necessary) 3:30 PM 

Tickets for the MAAC Baseball Championship are on sale now at www.maacsports.com, at the FirstEnergy Park box office, or by calling 732-901-7000. All-Session passes are $40 and provide admission to every game played in the championship. Single Day Passes are also on sale. Students with a valid college ID, and children under 18, may purchase a Day Pass for $5 or an All-Session pass for $20. All seating is general admission.


QUINNIPIAC'S POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Quinnipiac's berth in the 2014 MAAC Baseball Championship will mark its first postseason appearance since the 2007 season when it won the Northeast Conference regular-season championship and held the top seed for that year's tournament in New Britain, Conn.
• Both Quinnipiac and Monmouth are making their first MAAC Tournament appearance in their first seasons in their new conference.
• Quinnipiac and Monmouth have faced each other three times in the postseason in Quinnipiac's Division I history, with the Hawks holding a 2-1 advantage.
• All three postseason meetings between Quinnipiac and Monmouth took place at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.
• Quinnipiac defeated Monmouth,7-3, in the 2005 NEC Championship Game for its first, and only, conference championship at the Division I level.
• Quinnipiac is 4-7 all-time in the posteason, at the Division I level.
• The Bobcats are 1-3 all-time in their first game of the conference tournament.

QUINNIPIAC AGAINST THE FIELD
• Against the other participating teams in the 2014 MAAC Baseball Championship, Quinnipiac compiled a 4-8 record in 12 games against Canisius, Siena, Fairfield and Manhattan this season.
• Against No. 1 Canisius, Quinnipiac was 0-3 when they met on May 3-4.
• Against No. 2 Siena, Quinnipiac was 1-2 when they met on May 15 & 17.
• Against No. 3 Fairfield, Quinnipiac was 1-2 when they met on May 10-11.
• Against No. 6 Manhattan, Quinnipiac was 2-1 when they met on Mar. 22-23.
• Quinnipiac and Monmouth did not play this season.




PROJECTED QUINNIPIAC LINE-UP (BASED ON LAST GAME; SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
1. Mike Palladino CF/ So./40 GP/.234 (36-148) 11 2Bs/22 RS/13 RBI/14 BB
2. Matthew Batten SS/ Fr./46 GP/.243 (46-189) 9 2Bs/25 RS/18 RBI/13 BB/10 SBs
3. Lou Iannotti C/ So./45 GP/.247 (42-170)/2 HR/19 RBI/22 RS 
4. Vincent Guglietti 1B/ Jr./46 GP/.341 (59-173)/5 HR/36 RBI/29 RS/13 2Bs/.408 OBP/.514 SLG 
5. Rob Pescitelli LF/So./39 GP/.236 (26-110)/3 HR/17 RBI/7 3Bs/20 RS/25 BBs/.444 OBP/.455 SLG
6. Ryan Nelson 2B/So./43 GP/.217 (33-152)/8 2Bs/17 RBI
7. Mike Blumenthal RF/Sr./40 GP/.276 (34-123)/7 2Bs/12 RBI
8. Brian Ruditys DH/Jr./43 GP/.252 (30-119)/15 RS/1 HR/13 RBI/
9. Nic Civale 3B/Sr./33 GP/.157 (14-89)/17 BBs

PROJECTED ROTATION
Game 1: Thomas Jankins RHP/Fr./4-7/4.42 ERA/46 K's/79.1 IP
Game 2: Justin Thomas LHP/So./2-4/3.51 ERA/39 K's/66.2 IP
Game 3: Nick Fabrizio RHP/Sr./1-2/4.65 ERA/21 K's/40.2 IP

BULLPEN
Matthew Osieja LHP/Fr./4-2/3.46 ERA/1 Save/26 K's/39.0 IP
Matthew Lorenzetti RHP/So./1-3/6.10 ERA/38.1 IP
Brandon Shileikis RHP/Fr./2-3/4.66 ERA/46.1 IP
Joseph Scaglione RHP/So./2-4/9.93 ERA/29.0 IP
Gary Binkiewicz RHP/Sr./0-1/7 Saves/4.85 ERA/13.0 IP

VINCENT GUGLIETTI HIGHLIGHTS
Quinnipiac junior Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) currently leads the Bobcats in most offensive categories including:
Average .341
Runs Scored 29  
Hits 59  
Doubles 13
Home Runs 5
RBI 36
Slugging % .514
Multiple-hit Games 16
Multiple-RBI Games 11
Avg. vs. RHP .386 (44-114)
Avg. w/Runners On-base .400 (34-85)
Avg. w/RISP .407 (24-59)
Avg. w/2 outs .446 (29-65)
2-out hits 29
2-out RBI 19

GUGLIETTI NAMED QU'S APRIL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Guglietti torched pitchers around the region for the month of April, hitting .361 through the 16-game stretch. Guglietti led the team in homeruns (4), RBI (16) and hits (22) in helping the team to a 10-6 overall record and an 8-1 mark in conference play. The local product from East Haven used a hot start to bump his season averages. He went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI in a big win at Dartmouth, followed by a four-hit series against Niagara over the weekend. He went 4-for-9 with three walks while crossing the dish three times and driving in two runs. Guglietti was honored by the MAAC with Player of the Week honors. Guglietti registered multiple hits in six out of the 16 games while either scoring or driving in a run in 15 of them. He currently leads the team in batting average (.328), RBI (28), runs scored (25), homeruns (4), doubles (8) and slugging percentage (.493), and is second in on-base-percentage (.405). Guglietti has a hit in eight of his last 10 games dating back to April 7. 

GETTING ON BASE, ANY WAY HE CAN
Outfielder Rob Pescitelli (Bayshore, N.Y.) has the fewest hits (26) of any player in the Bobcats line-up with 39 or more games played, but has contributed to the Bobcats' offense in other ways. The second-year Bobcat currently leads the team in walks (25) and hit-by-pitch (16), resulting in a team-best .444 on-base percentage. In addition, 12 of his 26 hits have gone for extra bases, including a MAAC-best six triples, which also stands as the all-time Quinnipiac single-season record. 

LOU THE LEGACY
Sophomore Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) transferred to Quinnipiac following a year at MAAC rival Siena in 2013. 
• Iannotti is the son of former Quinnipiac baseball stand-out, and University Hall of Fame inductee, Lou Iannotti, Sr. 
• In his first year, Iannotti was one of three players in the Bobcats' line-up (Guglietti and Matthew Batten) to register 40 hits for the year.
• Iannotti enters postseason play hitting .247 (42-17) with 22 runs scored with two home runs, two triples and five doubles while he wasl also second on the team with 19 RBI. 
• Iannotti advanced a runner in 48 of 95 opportunites, good for a team-best 51.6% while leading the team in sacrifice hits. For the year, he moved a total of 28 runners - good for the team-high - when he recorded an out. 

MATT THE BATT(EN)
Freshman shortstop Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) had a break-out year with the Bobcats as he was one of two players (Guglietti) in Quinnipiac's line-up to start all 46 games.
• Batten was one of three players (Guglietti, Ianotti) to record 40 hits for the year, as his 46 hits were second only to Guglietti.
• Batten was also second on the team with 25 runs scored. 
• He was also one of five players with 10 or moe extra-base hits, totaling nine doubles and one triple.
• Batten's 18 RBI were third on the Bobcats' roster.
• Batten was 10-for-14 in stolen base attempts, while his 10 stolen bases led Quinnipiac.

WHADDYA SAY, PAL?!
Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) assumed the every-day center field and lead-off duties in his second season with the Bobcats. 
• Palladino was third in extra-base hits with 11 doubles, one triple and one home run.
• Third on the team with 22 runs scored.
• Third in the Bobcats' line-up with a .351 on-bae percentage. 
• Batted a team-best .397 (25-63) when leading off an inning. 

THE CLOSER
Senior captain Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) improved on the best year for a closer in program history when he broke his own single-season record for saves in 2014. In 2013, Binkiewicz recorded six saves, while in 2014 he currently stands at seven for the year. His 13 career saves are also the most in Quinnipiac history.

THE LIFE OF JANKS
Freshman hurler Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Mass.) led Quinnipiac in wins (4), games started (13), innings pitched (79.1) and strikeouts (46) in his first season with the Bobcats. 
• Jankins first career win came in a 6-1 win at Richmond when he spun seven innings while scattering five hits and allowing one run.
• Jankins first MAAC victory came in his first conference start when he blanked Manhattan over eight innings in a 4-0 win on Mar. 22. Jankins held Manhattan to five hits while striking out 10, eventually earning MAAC Rookie of the Week honors.
• Jankins won back-to-back MAAC starts when he hurled a complete-game shutout against Iona in a 3-0 win before following with a "W" against Saint Peter's in which he allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. 
• In eight MAAC starts, he was 3-3 with a 2.75 ERA.

JUSTIN TIME
Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) followed a solid freshman season with a brilliant sophomore campaign in 2014. 
• Thomas led all Quinnipiac starters with a 3.51 ERA while also posting a team-best two complete games.
• In 66 2/3 innings, Thomas held the opposition to a Bobcats' staff best .199 batting average.
• In 12 starts, Thomas allowed more than three earned runs just once.
• In seven MAAC starts, he was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA.

EVERYDAY OSIEJA
Freshman southpaw reliever Matthew Osieja (Wyckoff, N.J.) tied Mike Spahr for the most appearances by a pitcher in a single season in Quinnipiac's Division I era when he took the mound in the Bobcats' final two games against Siena.  
• Osieja appeared in 12 of Quinnipiac's 22 MAAC games, compiling a 3-0 record with a 1.35 ERA across 20 innings. He also struck out 18 while allowing just 17 hits. 
• For the year, Osieja posted a 4-2 record with a 3.46 ERA (best among all QU pitchers). 

IN FULL BLUME(NTHAL)
Senior Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) finished second behind Guglietti with a .276 average, recording a career-best 34 hits for the year. Blumenthal also scored 16 runs and drove in another 12 for the year. 
• Blumenthal's best series came against Saint Peter's when he was 6-for-11 with four RBI and three runs scored. 
• The fourth-year Bobcat also posted a team-best average against left-handed pitching, batting .353 (12-34). 
• Blumenthal was also Quinnipiac's second-best hitter with two outs, posting a .277 (13-47) average. 

THE SKIPPER
The 2014 season will be the last for long-time Bobcats' head coach Dan Gooley,who will retire following this season. Gooley coached at Quinnipiac from 1977 to 1987 before leaving to coach at the University of Hartford in 1988. Gooley coached at Hartford through the 1992 season before leaving college baseball to oversee Major League Baseball operations for the Starter Corporation, based out of New Haven, Conn. Gooley returned to Quinnipiac in 2002. For his career, he has 531 career wins - the most of all Quinnipiac coaches in University history. 430 of those wins came over 24 years as Quinnipiac's head coach, including 235 at the NCAA Division I level.