The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost both ends of a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader to Canisius, 5-0 and 4-2. The Bobcats saw an eight-game winning streak in MAAC play come to an end with a 5-0 loss in the first game. Quinnipiac drops to 15-23 overall and 10-5 in the MAAC while Canisius improves to 30-14 overall and 13-4 in conference play.
Lou Iannotti was 2-for-4 in the first game, while Matthew Osieja (Wyckoff, N.J.) pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, holding Canisius scoreless in his 19th appearance of the season. Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Mass.) took the loss, to drop to 4-7 on the year, while Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) took the loss in the second game. For the day, Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) collected three hits while Rob Pescitelli (Bayshore, N.Y.) drove in two runs in the second game.
In the first game, Canisius put two runs across in its first at-bat. Jankins retired the first batter he faced before walking Anthony Missicci. Shane Zimmer then tapped a ground ball to short that moved Missicci to second before Jankins walked Brett Siddall. Connor Panas then delivered a two-out, two-run double off the base of the wall in center field to give the Griffs a 2-0 lead.
Quinnipiac looked poised to strike back when Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) was hit with Rohn Pierce's first pitch of the game. After Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) struck out swinging, Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) hit a line drive the opposite way for a single to left field. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) popped a ball up to shallow left field that was misplayed by Canisius' Zimmer. Zimmer picked up the dropped ball and threw to second base to retire Iannotti before second baseman Torralba spun and threw out Palladino at third to end the inning.
After that, the pitcher's duel continued as both pitchers cruised through the oppositions line-up. Jankins retired the first two batters in each inning through the fifth before Panas singled to lead off the sixth before Jankins retired the next three batters. Quinnipiac, meanwhile, couldn't spell Pierce who retired eight straight and 12 out of 13 batters faced through the fifth inning. Quinnipiac's first two batters in the sixth reached base but poorly executed sacrifice bunt and a double-play ball ended Quinnipiac's threat.
In the seventh, Jankins retired Ronnie Bernick to start the inning before Torralba doubled to right field. Jankins got Massicci to strike-out looking before walking Zimmer to put runners on the corners after a wild pitch moved Torralba to third. Siddall then turned on the first pitch of his at-bat for a double down the right-field line to score Torralba before Panas singled through the right-side of the infield to score Zimmer and pinch-runner Mike Krische as Canisius took a 5-0 lead. The hit ended Jankins' day, who gave up five runs on seven hits over 6 2/3. Jankins also walked five while striking out four.
Osieja shutdown Canisius over 2 1/3 innings pitched, scattering two hits while walking one and keeping the Griffs off the board.
In the second game, Quinnipiac wasted little time in getting on the board when Palladino walked to start the game before Batten smashed a ball down the left field line for a single. After Iannotti bunted both runners over, Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) popped up to center field for the second out. Rob Pescitelli (Bayshore, N.Y.) then turned on a two-strikeout offering, lining to single to right field that scored Palladino and Batten to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the second, Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) retired the first two batters he faced before Jesse Kelson connected on a 1-and-2 fastball for his first home run of the season to cut Quinnipiac's lead in half, 2-1.
In the top of the sixth, Brett Siddall led off the inning with a single before Connor Panas connected on his fourth home run of the season – a monstrous bomb over the scoreboard in right-center field to give Canisius a 3-2 lead. Canisius manufactured a run in the top of the seventh to take a 4-2 lead.
Quinnipiac and Canisius will play the final game of their series on Sunday, May 4 at 12 p.m. at the QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.