Thomas Jankins Pitches Bobcats To 4-0 Win Over Monmouth; Quinnipiac To Face Canisius In Winner's Bracket
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LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Quinnipiac baseball freshman Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Mass.) blanked Monmouth over eight innings as the Bobcats topped the Hawks, 4-0, at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Championship tournament at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J. Quinnipiac improves to 18-29 overall and will advance in the winner's bracket while Monmouth drops to 22-24. Quinnipiac's win is its first in the postseason since 2007.
Jankins picked up his fifth win of the season after spinning eight shutout innings. The first-year Bobcat was masterful, retiring the lead-off hitter in seven of the eight innings he pitched. Jankins scattered eight hits in his 14th start of the season and gave up just one extra-base hit in the win. Jankins picked up his third shutout of the season and second against MAAC competition.
Quinnipiac's Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) was 3-for-4 with a RBI while Rob Pescitelli (West Islip, N.Y.), Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) were all 2-for-4 with Pescitelli and Nelson driving in runs. Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) also had an RBI and a run scored.
In the bottom of the third, Quinnipiac's first five batters reached base to give themselves and early cushion. Blumenthal led off the inning with a single to right field before Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) dropped down a bunt to first and beat the throw to the bag. Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) then hit a slow-roller to second base and beat the throw to first to load the bases.
Iannotti's chopper to first base scored Blumenthal as Monmouth's first baseman's throw to the plate was late. Guglietti followed with a single to left field to score Palladino before Pescitelli's sacrifice fly ball to center scored Batten as Quinnipiac jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Nelson then lined a single the opposite way to score Iannotti from second as the Bobcats took a 4-0 lead.
Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) closed it out in the ninth retiring the last two batters he faced after allowing runners reach first and second with one out. He got Wilgus to ground a slow roller to Nelson to end the game.
Quinnipiac will advance to play the MAAC Baseball Championship's No. 1 seed Canisius on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:10 p.m.