May 4, 2014

QU Baseball's Back-And-Forth MAAC Battle Against Canisius Ends In 7-5 Loss

HAMDEN, Conn. –  The Quinnipiac University baseball team dropped the final game of its three-game set to Canisius, 7-5, at the QU Baseball Field inHamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 15-24 overall and 10-6 in the MAAC while Canisius improves to 31-14 and 14-4 in conference play.

Brandon Shileikis (No. Dighton, Mass.) took the no-decision after giving up two runs on three hits over 4 2/3 innings. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) was 3-for-5 with a double, home run, two runs scored and three RBI. Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) was 2-for-4.

Quinnipiac jumped all over Canisius starter Devon Stewart, putting the Griffs' starting pitcher's first four pitches in play. Palladino led off with a line drive up the middle for a hit before Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) smoked a line drive to second base that was caught. Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) hit a ground ball to short that retired Palladino before Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) blasted the first pitch he saw over the right-field wall to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the second, Shileikis walked Brett Siddall to start the inning. Connor Panas then followed with his second home run of the series, turning on a one-ball-two-strike offering from Shileikis and sending the ball down the line. Bobcats' rightfielder Mike Blumenthal gave chase but the ball tucked just inside the foul pole to tie the game at 2-2.

From there, Shileikis gave up just two hits over the next three innings. In the top of the fifth, the freshman hurler retired the first two batters he faced before walking the bases full. Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) entered the game and was able to induced a fly ball to end the inning and strand all three Canisius runners.

In the top of the sixth, Fabrizio got Siddall to pop up to third before Panas jumped on another first-pitch offering and crushed his second homer of the day over the right field wall to give the Griffs a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Quinnipiac caught a break when Iannotti's two-out fly ball to right field was misplayed and dropped, allowing Batten to score from first to tie the game at 3-3 heading to the eighth.

Fabrizio was lifted to start the eighth in favor of sophomore Joe Scaglione (Wyckoff, N.J.). Fabrizio was in relief, holding Canisius to one run on four hits over 2 1/3. In the bottom half of the inning, Guglietti hit a fly to right-center field that dropped in for a single before he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Rob Pescitelli (Bayshore, N.Y.). After Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) was hit by a pitch to put two on, Canisius reliever Iannick Remillard got Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) to go down on strikes. Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) then lined  a single to left field to score Guglietti from second to give Quinnipiac a 4-3 lead.

In the top of the ninth, Quinnipiac closer Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) gave up a lead after walking Christ Conley, who was pinch-ran for by Mike Krische. Jake Lumley dropped down a bunt to move Krische to second before he stole third. Binkiewicz then walked Jose Torralba on a ball in the dirt that got by Iannotti and allowed Krische to score to tie the game at 4-4. Canisius pushed three more across in the inning to take a 7-4 lead.

In the top of the ninth, Palladino led off with a double over the head of the Canisius center fielder before scoring on a double by Guglietti. Guglietti's 18th two-out RBI of the year came on a drive to right field that looked as if it were going to clear the top of the fense, but bounced off the wall for a double.

Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when it travels down I-95 to take on Fairfield University in a three-game MAAC series on May 10-11.