The Quinnipiac University baseball team scored three runs in the ninth to pull within two, but the rally fell short, as the Bobcats fell to Richmond, 7-5, in the final game of a three-game set at Pitt Field, in Richmond, Va., on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 1-6 on the season. With the win, the Spiders improve to 11-3.
The Bobcats jumped ahead in the first inning on an RBI single by sophomore Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.), plating junior Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.). The Spiders then scored the next seven runs of the ballgame, before Quinnipiac's rally began.
In the sixth inning, freshman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) scored on a wild pitch, to cut the deficit to 7-2. In the ninth, the Bobcats put the first two batters on via singles from Ullrich and freshman Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.). Junior Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) then reached on an error, which brought Ullrich and Ruditys around to score.
After a wild pitch, Dwyer scored on an RBI groundout by freshman Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.), cutting the Richmond lead to 7-5. However, the Bobcats were unable to get the final two runs to tie the game, and the 7-5 margin was the final score.
The Bobcats tallied season-highs in runs (five) and hits (nine) in the contest. In addition, seven Bobcats were in the hit column, as Guglietti and Ruditys both recorded two-hit games.
Junior Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) started for the Bobcats, pitching the first five innings. Kane surrendered seven runs on nine hits, while striking out four. He falls to 0-2 on the season in the defeat. Sophomore Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Kane.
Ryan Cook started for the Spiders, surrendering two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two in five innings of work. He improves to 2-0 on the season with the victory.
The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday, Apr. 13, when they travel to Williamsburg, Va., for the first of a two-game series against William and Mary. Tuesday's first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.