HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost its third straight game to Sacred Heart, 3-2, in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats drop to 14-29 overall and 7-13 in NEC play while Sacred Heart improves to 22-22-1 overall and 12-7 in the NEC.
The Bobcats received a strong pitching performance from senior Joe Duffy (Commack, N.Y.) who limited Sacred Heart to three runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out eight over nine innings pitched. Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) was 2-for-3 for his sixth multiple-hit game in his last nine showings while Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) and Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) each drove in a run. Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) had a hit in his 15th consecutive game.
In the top of the 4th, Jeff Heppner singled with one out in the Sacred Heart half of the inning. After Paul Schmidt singled to move Heppner to second base, Robert Griffith hit a ground ball up the middle to score Heppner from second and send Schmidt to third base. Hunter Phillips then hit a double-play to short, which scored Schmidt, as Phillips beat the throw to first. Duffy then picked Phillips off at first to end the inning, but not before Sacred Heart took a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 7th, Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) ripped the first pitch of the inning, a shoulder-high fastball, to left field for a base hit. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) then reached on a fielding error by Sacred Heart's third baseman. Ryan Ullrich (Woodbrige, Conn.) then dropped down a bunt and beat the throw to first for an infield single to load the bases. After Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) popped out for the first out of the inning, Bryn Doyle's (Manchester, N.H.) fly ball to deep right-center field score Farina with an unearned run to pull Quinnipiac within a run at 2-1.
In the top of the 8th, Tyler Santos hit an offering from Duffy down the left field line where Farina's diving catch came up short, allowing Santos to move to second with a double with two outs. Heppner then hit a ground ball to third base that was over-thrown to first base, allowing Santos to score an unearned run and give Sacred Heart a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the 9th, Ullrich ground out to second before Migani singled up the middle and moved to second base on a passed ball. After Doyle flew out to left field for the second out the inning, Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) hit a line drive to left field for a hit, scoring Migani from second base to pull Quinnipiac within a run, 3-2.
Quinnipiac returns to action on May 8-9 when it hosts Monmouth University in a four-game Northeast Conference series. On Friday, May 8, Quinnipiac and Monmouth will play a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning game. On Saturday, May 9, the Bobcats and Hawks will play a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning game. Both doubleheaders are scheduled for a 12 p.m. start. Senior Day activities will be held prior to the start of Saturday's doubleheader.