NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost both games of its doubleheader against Central Connecticut State, 6-5 and 3-2, at CCSU Baseball Field in New Britain, Conn. Quinnipiac goes to 3-19 overall and 2-9 in the NEC while CCSU improves to 14-9 overall and 8-3 in league action.
For the day, Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was 4-for-7, including a 3-for-3 showing in the first game. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) drove in three runs, while he extending his NEC-games hitting streak to six games.
In the bottom of the second inning, Nisson led off the inning with a deep drive down the left field line for a double before moving to third on a wild pitch. Guglietti then sprayed a single the opposite way, dropping in a base hit to left field to score Nisson and give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. The hit gave Guglietti a hit in six-straight NEC games.
In the bottom of the fourth, Central Connecticut struck for four runs to take a three-run lead, 4-1. After Quinnipiac starter Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) struck out CCSU clean-up hitter Tyler McIntyre to start the inning, the Blue Devils stroked five straight hits as Josh Ingham drove in two runs, and Chris Renzoni and AJ Lowers drove in one apiece.
Kane, who had won his last two starts against NEC opponents Wagner and Fairleigh Dickinson, left the game after giving up a lead-off single in the fifth inning to JP Sportman. The third-year Bobcat gave up five runs on eight hits over four innings and was relieved by Matt Lorenzetti (Marlboro, N.J.).
In the top of the sixth, Quinnipiac pushed four runs across to pull with a run, 6-5. CCSU starter Cody Brown walked Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) and Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) to start the inning. Nisson then stroked his third hit of the game, drivingin in Palmer to cut the Blue Devils' lead to four runs. After Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) hit a ground ball through the right side to load the bases, Brown was pulled in favor of Josh Ingham.
Ingham retired Guglietti when the Bobcats' freshman designated hitter hit a high fly ball down the right field line that was knocked down by the wind, but was deep enough to score Palmer from third. Scott Donaghue's (Marboro, N.J.) ground ball in the hole scored Nisson to plate another run before Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.) ripped a ground ball through the right side to load the bases again. Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) then hit that the third baseman retired Donaghue on, but on the double-play attempt, threw the ball away, allowing both runners to move into scoring position.
In the second game, Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) snapped an 0-for-9 slide over the series' first two games with a sharply hit line drive down the right field line. After Jesse Ullrich (Milford, Conn.) sacrificed Ruditys over to second base, Palmer's single to right field scored him with game's first run. Nisson then singled, for his fourth hit of the day, before Guglietti singled to left field, scoring Palmer and giving Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, Central responded with a run to cut the Bobcats' lead in half. Quinnipiac starter Nick Fabrizzio (Peabody, Mass.) prevented a potential lucrative inning for the Blue Devils when he threw out Matuszak at home on a come-backer to the mound with runners on first and third. He then proceeded to load the bases before striking out Dylan DelaCruz and Renzoni to end the inning. CCSU tacked on two runs in the bottom of the second inning, with Danny Hickey and Ingham both scoring to give the Blue Devils a 3-2 lead. The pitchers' duel held up over the final five innings, as neither time put a run across the plate.
Quinnipiac concludes its NEC series against Central Connecticut on Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m.