July 14, 2014

QU Baseball's Guglietti, Jankins and Palladino Named Summer Ball All-Stars

Quinnipiac baseball stand-outs Vincent Guglietti, Thomas Jankins and Mike Palladino were announced as All-Stars for their respectively summer league teams. Guglietti and Jankins play for the Plymouth Pilgrims of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) while Palladino is playing for the Montauk Mustangs of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL). 

Guglietti is currently enjoying a dominating season in the NECBL, batting .299 - good for 22nd in the league. Guglietti is currently second in hits (35), runs scored (20) and home runs (6) while ranking third in doubles (7) and leading the NECBL in runs batted in (28) in 27 games played. According to the NECBL's Sabermetric statistics, Guglietti also leads the league with 22.95 runs created. He also ranks fourth with a .530 slugging percentage and 15th with a .899 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. This past year, Guglietti was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Second Team and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Assocation Second Team.

In his third year, Guglietti led Quinnipiac in average (.341), runs scored (29), hits (59), doubles (13), home runs (5), RBI (36), slugging percentage (.514), multiple-hit games (16), multiple-RBI games (11), average against right-handed pitching (.386), average with runners on base (.400), average with runners in scoring position (.407), average with two outs (.446), two-out hits (29) and two-out RBI (19). In addition, he was named the MAAC Player of the Week on Apr. 8 and also the Quinnipiac Athletics Athlete of the Month for April. Guglietti previously earned all-conference honors when he was named to the All-Northeast Conference Second Team as a freshman in 2012.

Jankins' defining moment of his first collegiate career came in his last start of the season. In a 4-0 win against Monmouth, 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.

For Plymouth, Jankins is 4-0 with a save and a league-leading 0.27 earned-run average while his 33 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched ranked third among all NECBL pitchers. 

Palladino was also named to the MAAC Second Team in 2014. Palladino secured the every-day center field and lead-off batter job in his second season with the Bobcats in 2014. For the year, Palladino is hitting .234 (36-148) with 11 doubles, 22 runs scored, 13 RBI and 14 walks, He ranks third in the Bobcats line-up in extra-base hits with 13 on the strength of 11 doubles, one triple and one home run. He also ranks third in runs scored, and third in on-base percentage (.351). Palladino also hit a team-best .397 (25-63) when leading off an inning. In 20 MAAC games, Palladino hit .257 (18-70) with a team-high eight doubles, while also totaling 13 runs scored and eight RBI. 

For Montauk, Palladino is hitting a team-best .325, good for fourth among in the HCBL. Palladino has 25 hits in 27 games played, while also scoring 15 runs and driving in 20 more. In addition, Palladino is one of two players with at least 25 hits, 20 RBI and 15 runs scored.