May 14, 2014

QU Baseball Completes 2014 Regular Season At Siena on May 15-16

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (16-27, 11-8 MAAC) at
Siena College Saints (20-29, 15-6 MAAC)
Date:
Thursday, May 15 (DH @ 12 PM/9 Inn. & 7 Inn.)
Friday, May 16 (12 PM/9 Inn.)
Location: Siena Baseball Field – Loudonville, N.Y.

The Quinnipiac University baseball team will travel to Loudonville, N.Y. to take on Siena on May 15-16 for its final Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series of the 2014 regular season. The Bobcats will play a doubleheader on Thursday, May 15, consisting of a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning game, before playing the third game of the series on Friday, May 16. 

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The 2014 MAAC Baseball Championship
With a 7-3 win against Fairfield on Sunday, May 11, the Bobcats clinched a berth in the 2014 MAAC Baseball Championship, to be played at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J. on May 21-25. The MAAC will announce this year's all-conference teams and major award winners on Tuesday, May 20, with the award show available at MAAC.tv.

Back In Playoff Form
Quinnipiac's playoff clinching win against Fairfield will send the Bobcats to the postseason for the first time since the 2007 season. That year, Quinnipiac captured the Northeast Conference Regular-Season Championship and were the No. 1 seed in the NEC Tournament in New Britain, Conn. Quinnipiac's last trip to Lakewood was for the 2005 Northeast Conference tournament. That season, Quinnipiac defeated Monmouth, 7-3, to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

All-Time Against Siena
Quinnipiac is 1-5 all-time against Siena, but will face the Saints for the first time as MAAC foes on May 15-16. The last time the two teams faced each other was Apr. 5, 2005 - a 6-2 Quinnipiac loss in Loudonville, N.Y.

Scouting The Siena Saints
Siena opened the 2014 season with a 17-game losing streak. After posting an 0-17 record, the Saints have gone 20-12 and will host the Bobcats with an overall mark of 20-29. The Saints have won three of their last four games, including two of three against Rider last weekend. Siena is also 15-6 in the MAAC and 6-2 on their home field. The Saints feature five players with 40 or more hits in 49 games including Vincent Citro with a team-best 58 in 194 at-bats for a team-high .299 average. Citro also leads the team with 37 runs scored and 22 walks and has also stolen 12 bases and driven in 20 runs. Justin Esquerra checks in at .297 (51-172) with 33 runs scored while also leading the team with 25 RBI. Esquerra has also homered twice and has a team-high .384 slugging percentage. Dan Swain is tied with Citro with a .299 (49-164) average while Mike Allen is hitting .284 (44-155) with a team-leading 10 doubles and 18 HBP's. On the mound, Matt Gage is 4-6, with his four victories leading the club, with a 5.04 ERA. He also leads the team in innings pitched (85 2/3) and strikeouts (78). Ed Lewicki is 3-7 with a 4.82 ERA while Bryan Goossens is 2-4 with a 6.36 ERA. Against MAAC competition, Lewicki is 3-3 with a 1.86 ERA while Gage is 4-2 with a 4.44 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings pitched. Goossens is 2-0.

Who's Got The Ball?
Freshman stand-out Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Mass.) will start the first game of Quinnipiac's series at Siena. For the year, Jankins is 4-7 with a 4.44 ERA while leading the team in innings pitched (75) and strikeouts (43). In seven starts against MAAC competition, Jankins is 3-3 and is one of seven pitchers in the conference with a sub-3.00 ERA, checking at 2.62. Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) will start the second game of the series. For the year, Thomas is 2-4 with a 3.56 ERA while holding the opposition to a team-low .195 batting average. Against the MAAC, Thomas is 2-1 while his 3.28 ERA ranks ninth in six starts. Brandon Shileikis (North Dighton, Mass.) has posted a 3.14 ERA in conference play while also hosting a 2-1 record in six starts.

Pescitelli Pesky For Pitchers
Sophomore Rob Pescitelli has been causing fits for opposing pitchers, posting a team-high .439 on-base percentage, and has reached base safely in 13 of his last 27 plate appearances. He also has walked a team-high 24 times, and has been hit by a pitch 15 times, also a team-high. Pescitelli is hitting .220 (22-100) 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 (.348), slugging percentage (.528), runs scored (29), hits (56), RBI (34), doubles (12), home runs (5) and total bases (85).
 
Streaking 
Guglietti is currently on an eight-game hitting streak in which he is batting .419 (13-31) 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 tied for the 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 .240 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. In his first season, Batten has accumulated 42 hits and is second on the team in runs scored (22) while driving in 14 runs.

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 FabrizioMatthew LorenzettiJoseph Scaglione and Matt DeRosa with one apiece.