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LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to No. 29 Canisius, 10-1, at the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Championship tournament at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J. Quinnipiac goes to 18-30 overall while Canisius improves to 38-14 on the year. Quinnipiac will play again on Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) collected three hits in the loss. Batten also became just the second freshman in Quinnipiac's Division I history to total 50 hits in his first season. Batten's 50 hits for the year are the second most for a freshman in Quinnipiac history after Ben Farina's 63 hits in 2008.
Quinnipiac starter Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) took the loss after giving up eight runs on eight hits over four innings of work. Freshman southpaw reliever Matthew Osieja (Wyckoff, N.J.) appeared in his 24th game of the season – the most in a single season for a Quinnipiac pitcher in program history. Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) was also 2-for-4 in the game.
Quinnipiac claimed an early lead when it pushed across a run in its first at-bat against MAAC Pitcher of the Year Rohn Pierce. Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) singled through the left side of the infield on Pierce's first pitch of the game. Two pitches later, Batten crushed a 1-and-1 offering from Pierce to short for a single as Palladino moved to second. After Lou Iannotti's (North Haven, Conn.) sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) drove in Palladino with a ground-out to second base.
In the bottom half of the inning, Anthony Massicci worked a walk before Jimmy Luppens jumped all over a one-strike offering from Thomas, driving the ball deep over the left field wall to give Canisius a 2-1 lead. Canisius increased its lead to 3-1 when Christ Conley singled to score Jesse Puscheck.
In the fourth, Mike Krische singled and Jose Torralba walked to set-up Massicci, who tripled to the left-center field gap to score both runners. Canisius' lead increased to 6-1 when Luppens doubled off the center field wall to plate Massicci.
In the bottom of the fifth, Puscheck doubled-home Shane Zimmer to knock Thomas out of the game in favor of sophomore Ryan Verdi (Wallingford, Conn.). Thomas exited after giving up seven runs on eight hits over four innings. Verdi was tagged for three runs in the fifth, with Puscheck driving home Zimmer, while Massicci and Luppens also drove in runs.
Quinnipiac returns to the field on Thursday, Apr. 21 at 7 p.m. when it faces the winner of the 3:30 p.m. match-up between Manhattan and Monmouth.
All games from FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J. are available via audio stream from QBSN featured Quinnipiac students Jon Alba and Morey Hershgordon, as well as MAAC.tv's videostream and live stats from maacsports.com.