Baseball Drops NEC Doubleheader To Monmouth, 4-1 and 6-1
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University baseball was swept by Monmouth in a Northeast Conference doubleheader in West Long Branch, N.J. Monmouth took the first game, 4-1, before completing the sweep with a 6-1 win in the second game. Quinnipiac drops to 3-22 overall including a 2-12 mark in NEC play while Monmouth improves to 17-12 overall and 8-3 in conference games.
Quinnipiac senior captain Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) continued to lead the Bobcats at the plate, going 3-for-6 in the twin bill. Nisson is currently 6-for-11 (.545) for the series, while also extending his hitting streak to six games. During the run, Nisson is batting a team-high .545 (12-22). Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) was 2-for-3 in the first game of the series, while also driving in a run.
In the first game, Quinnipiac took a 1-0 lead when Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) drove in Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) in the top of the 1st inning. Guglietti reached on an error by Monmouth's second baseman with two outs before Nisson's single to center field moved the freshman DH into scoring position at second. Donaghue then ripped a single by the Hawks' third baseman to score Guglietti and give the Bobcats an early lead.
Monmouth answered in the bottom of the second inning when Jon Guida blasted a three-run homer to give the Hawks a two-run lead, 3-1. Danny Avella walked to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Perret. Owen then reached on a fielder's choice when Avella was retired at third before Guida connected for his first home run of the season. Martin also singled-in Josh Boyd with Monmouth's fourth run of the game in the fifth inning.
Quinnipiac starter Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) went the distance for Quinnipiac, giving up four runs on three hits over six innings as he drops to 2-4 on the season. After Monmouth's three-run second inning, Kane retired the next seven batters he faced before walking Boyd in the bottom of the fifth. For Monmouth, Andrew McGee improved to 3-3 after holding Quinnipiac to a run on five hits over seven innings pitched.
In the second game, Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) led off the game with a single up the middle and moved to second on a throwing error by Monmouth's second baseman. After Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) and Guglietti were retired, Nisson delivered with a two-out single to center field to score Ruditys and give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second inning, Monmouth exploded for six runs off of Quinnipiac starter Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.). Fabrizio retired the first batter he faced before walking Perret, who then moved to second base on a wild pitch. Fabrizio then gave up five straight hits as Guide, Boyd, Martin and Kyle Perry all drove in runs in the run before Fabrizio got Jake Gronsky to pop up for the secoud out of the inning. Avella then drove in Martin with a single to push Monmouth's lead to 6-1.
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. Quinnipiac is back in action on Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10 when it hosts Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively, at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.