March 14, 2012

Baseball Falls To William & Mary, 9-5; Palmer, Guerino Collect Four Hits Apiece

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The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to William & Mary, 9-5, in a non-conference match-up in Williamsburg, Va. Sophomore Zak Palmer and Gabe Guerino both collected four hits in the loss. Quinnipiac drops to 1-8 on the season while William & Mary improves to 12-7.

Palmer and Guerino are the first Quinnipiac duo since Apr. 21, 2010 to record four hits in the same game, when Brian Monack, Ben Farina and Mickey Amanti all had four hits in a 19-18 win against Yale. Palmer's day snaps a 2-for-28 showing in his first 18 games, while Guerino now has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats to increase his team-leading batting average to .300. Guerino also had three RBI in the series against William & Mary.

After the Tribe jumped ahead, 4-0, the Bobcats knotted it up, batting around in a four-run third. The first two batters reached on walks by senior Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.) and freshman Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.). Freshman Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) then reached on an error, allowing Mammele and Ruditys to score and Dwyer to advance to second.

Three batters later, Guerino knocked a single through the infield, scoring Dwyer, and cutting the deficit to 4-3. Guerino was followed by Palmer, who singled, advancing Guerino to second. Junior Jesse Ullrich then hit an RBI double, scoring Guerino, and tying the game at 4.

William & Mary pulled back ahead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, freshman Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) led off the inning with a double, and two batters later, came around to score on a Guerino RBI single. The Tribe tacked on one in the seventh, and two in the eighth for the final 9-5 margin.

Sophomore Matt DeRosa (Madison, Conn.) made his first career start for the Bobcats, receiving a no-decision. DeRosa pitched the first 2 1/3 innings, surrendering four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one. He was relieved by junior Kevin O'Connell (Glastonbury, Conn.), who went 3 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out four. O'Connell was charged with the loss, and falls to 0-1 on the season.

The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Mar. 16, as they open Northeast Conference play with the first of a four-game series against Wagner in Staten Island, N.Y. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.