HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac baseball team split a Northeast Conference doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson, losing the first game 8-4 bouncing back with an 11-4 victory in the second half of the twin bill. The Bobcats go to 3-13 overall and 2-4 in the NEC while Fairleigh Dickinson goes to 5-11-1 overall and 2-4 in league play. The win was also head coach Dan "Skip" Gooley's 499th of his career and 398th at Quinnipiac.
Senior Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) drove in five runs in the second game of the doubleheader, as he went 3-for-3 with the Bobcats' first homerun of the 2012 season, while Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) was 4-for-4 in the first game. Palmer became the first player to record two four-hit games in the same season with a 4-for-4 day since Tim Binkoski in 2007. Palmer also had four hits against William & Mary on March 14. Freshman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the first game, before adding two more hits in the second game.
Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) improved to 2-2 on the season with a win in the second game. Kane's complete game was his second straight of the season, while the fourth-year Bobcat gave up four runs on eight hits in seven innings. Kane gave up an unearned run in the second inning and was then tagged for three more runs after giving up five hits in the inning as FDU tied the game at 4-4. Kane settled in, while the Bobcats erupted for seven runs in their last four at-bats, allowing just three base runners over the final four innings.
In the first game, Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) retired the first two batters he faced in the second inning before giving up a two-out single to left field on a soft line drive by FDU's Riley Moonan. After Moonan stole second base, Patrick McClure followed with a ground ball just past the outstretched glove of Quinnipiac third baseman Zak Palmer that snaked its way down the left field line, allowing Noonan to score from second base to give the Knights a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.
In the fifth, FDU's Shane Siebler lined the first pitch he saw over the head of Quinnipiac left fielder Jesse Ullrich for a double. After Jordan Ritz sacrificed Siebler over to third, Lamacchia induced a foul pop-up by Mike Eliasen for the second out of the inning before he got Ryan Kresky to fly out to left to end the threat.
In the sixth, Eric Anderson led off the inning with a line drive to the right-center field gap for a double. After Kyle Weeks' groundball to second base moved Anderson to third, Matt Holsman's bloop single down the right field line scored Anderson to give FDU a two-run lead. With Holsman taking off for second on the first pitch, Moonan lined a double to left center to score Holsman and give the Knights a 3-0 lead. After a ground ball by McClure was thrown away by Palmer at third, Moonan was allowed to score when the ball ended up out of play. A single to Siebler was then misplayed in left, allowing McClure to come around to give FDU a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) hit a bouncing up the middle for a lead-off single. Ullrich then lined a ball deep to left center field where FDU left fielder Ritz's diving attempt failed, giving Ullrich an RBI triple to drive in Dwyer and cut the Knights' lead to four runs, 5-1.
Ray Buckley (Orange, Conn.) replaced Lamacchia on the hill to start the sixth. The starter's line read five runs, three earned, on nine hits over six innings. Buckley walked the first runner he faced, Kresky, before Anderson followed with his second double of the day. After Ryan MacDonald pinch ran for Anderson, Weeks' single through the left side of the infield scored both runs to give FDU a 7-1 lead. Buckley then loaded the bases with back-to-back walks to Moonan and McClure before retiring Siebler and Ritz to end the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, the Bobcats knocked FDU starter from the game with back-to-back-to-back singles by Palmer, Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) and Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) to load the bases. After Dwyer lined out to left, Anthony Calise entered the game in relief of Warner. Warner scattered nine hits over 6 1/3 while giving up one run, but left on the hook for the three runners on base. Calise's second pitch was in the dirt, allowing Palmer to score on a wild pitch as Civale and Ruditys moved up a base, before Ullrich walked to load the bases. After Donahue struck-out looking, Guglietti delivered with a two-out, two-RBI single through the left side of the infield to cut FDU's lead to three runs, 7-4. Fairleigh Dickinson would tack on another run in eighth to push its lead to 8-4.
In the second game, Quinnipiac broke out of the gate fast, plating four runs in the first inning as Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.), Palmer and Guerino all drove in runs. Guerino scored another run in the third inning on an RBI triple by Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.). Mammele was 2-for-3 for the afternoon in the second game.
Guerino's homerun came in the fourth inning, and followed Chris Caldari's (Plainview, N.Y.) sacrifice fly. Guerino drove in another run in the sixth while Brian Ruditys (Brookwyn, Pa.) drove in Quinnipiac's final run.
Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson face each against on Saturday, March 24 with a seven-inning game at 1 p.m. followed by a nine-inning game, scheduled to start one-half hour following the completion of the first game at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.