Baseball Downed By William & Mary, 13-5

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The Quinnipiac University baseball team jumped ahead early, but was outslugged by William & Mary, falling 13-5, at Plumeri Park in Williamsburg, Va., on Tuesday night. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 1-7 on the season. In the win, the Tribe improve to 11-7.

Seniors Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) and Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) powered the Bobcats' offense, each recording two hits apiece, while also driving in a run and scoring a run. Freshman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) also drove in a run as he extended his team-best hitting streak to four games. Guerino has three hits in his last two games, while Nisson has six hits in his last five games, including a pair of two-hit outings. Freshman Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) scored twice for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats jumped ahead in the first inning, without the benefit of a hit. Donaghue reached on an error, and was sacrificed over to second by Nisson. Guglietti  then reached on the Tribe's second error of the inning, which advanced Donaghue to third. Donaghue then plated the first run of the game on a passed ball.

William & Mary jumped ahead with the next nine runs of the game before Quinnipiac countered with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the fourth. Nisson led off the inning with a single, and advanced to second on a Guglietti walk. A double play erased Guglietti, but advanced Nisson to third. Guerino then followed with a double to center field, plating Nisson. Junior Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) then reached on an error, scoring Guerino with the third Bobcats run.

Quinnipiac added two more runs in the fifth, capitalizing on a trio of William & Mary errors in the frame. Freshman Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) doubled to start the inning, and advanced on a fly out. Donaghue then reached on an error to set up runners at the corners for Nisson, who hit into a fielder's choice. All runners were safe on a Tribe error, with Ruditys scoring, and Donaghue advancing to third. Guglietti then stepped to the plate and hit a first-pitch sacrifice fly, driving in Ruditys, and cutting the deficit to 9-5. The Tribe responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame to extend the lead to the final 13-5 margin.

Junior Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.) started for the Bobcats, going the first 1 1/3 innings. Junior Ray Buckley (Bethel, Conn.) relieved Castodio, pitching the next 1 2/3 innings. Buckley was charged with the loss, falling to 0-1 on the season. Sophomore Kevin Adler (Marietta, Ga.) pitched the following two innings, before giving way to sophomore Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.). Fabrizio pitched a scoreless sixth inning before giving way to senior Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.), who held the Tribe scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings.

Jay McCarthy earned the win for the Tribe, improving to 2-1 on the season. McCarthy pitched the first five innings, surrendering five runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk, while striking out five.

The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, Mar. 14, for the second game of a two-game series against William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Wednesday's first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.