WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Monmouth, 11-4, in the first game of its four-game set against the Hawks in West Long Branch, N.J. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 3-21 overall and 2-11 in NEC play while Monmouth improves to 15-12 overall and 6-3 in league play.
Quinnipiac senior co-captain Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was 3-for-6 in the loss for his third multiple-hit outing in his last four games. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) also singled to extend his hitting streak against NEC competition to eight games. Quinnipiac starting pitcher Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) was chased early into the game, giving up nine runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. Monmouth starting pitcher Pat Light improved to 5-2 after holding Quinnipiac to one run on seven hits while striking out 10 in seven innings pitched.
Quinnipiac plated a run in the first inning when Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) singled on a 1-and-2 offering from Pat Light. After Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) bunted Ruditys over to second, Ruditys stole third and then advanced home on the throwing error by Monmouth's catcher.
Monmouth responded in the bottom of the inning when Tim Bickford singled in Ed Martin and Owen Stewart drove in Danny Avella to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead. The Hawks pushed their lead to five runs, 6-1, after a fielding error with two outs led to four unearned runs in the inning, highlighted by a RBI triple by Jamie Rosenkranz and a two-run single by Bickford. Rosenkranz led off the fourth inning with a double and scored on a double by Jake Gronsky to give Monmouth a 7-1 lead before Avella hit his fourth home run of the year to increase the Hawks' lead to 9-1.
In the fourth, Lamacchia was lifted in favor of Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.). Walsh entered the game with a 0.00 ERA, having held the opposition scoreless in 6 2/3 innings pitched.
Walsh held Monmouth scoreless, on four hits, over three innings pitched before giving up a lead-off single to Josh Boyd in the bottom of the seventh. Boyd stole second and then moved to third on a throwing error by Quinnipiac's catcher. Martin then delivered a single up the middle to plate Boyd and give Monmouth a 10-1 lead. The run ended Walsh's day in favor of freshman Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, N.J.). Lorenzetti gave up a double to Gronsky that scored Martin for Walsh's first earned run allowed of the season.
Adam Yunginger started the eighth inning for the Hawks in relief of Light. Yunginger lasted just two outs before being replaced by Chris McKenna. Ullrich led off the inning with a single through the left side before moving to second on a ground ball by Guglietti. After Nisson flew out for the second out of the inning, Yunginger hit Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) with a pitch before walking Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) to load the bases.
Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) then singled to center field to score Ullrich before Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.) and Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) both walked to force in two runs and trim Monmouth's lead to 11-4. While all three runs in the inning were credited to Yunginger, Monmouth replaced McKenna with Joe Loidoice, who induced a ground ball to end the Bobcats' threat.
Quinnipiac and Monmouth face-off again on Friday, April 6 with a pair of seven-inning games at 1 p.m. The Bobcats' series against the Hawks comes to conclusion on Saturday, April 7 with a nine-inning game set for a 1 p.m. start.