Baseball Falls To UConn, 12-7

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to the University of Connecticut, 12-7, in a non-conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 3-25 overall while UConn improves to 19-13.

For Quinnipiac, Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was 3-for-5 with two RBI while Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) and Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) each collected two hits.

UConn wasted little time in getting the board when Bill Ferriter led off with a line drive that tailed away from Quinnipiac right fielder Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.) and resulted in a triple. Tim Martin then hit a high flyball to right center field that got caught in the win and drifted between Mammele and center fielder Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) for a double to score Ferriter. After Walsh struck-out LJ Mazzilli, he then picked off Martin at second for the second out of the inning. Walsh then walked Ryan Fuller, who took off on the first pitch but was thrown-out by Quinnipiac starting catcher Chris Caldari (Parkview, N.Y.).

In the bottom of the inning, Ruditys drew a walk to lead-off the inning and then moved to second on a bunt by Jesse Ullrich (Orange,, Conn.). After Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) flew out to left, Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) followed with a line drive back to the box that bounced off of UConn starting pitcher Jared Dettmann and landed in center field to plate Ruditys and tie the game at 1-1.

In the second, Walsh retired the first two batters he faced before walking Alex DeBellis. Eric Yavarone then followed with a tripe to the right-center field gap to score DeBellis and put UConn back on top, 2-1. In the top fo the third inning, Mazzilli connected for his team-leading eighth home run of the season to give UConn a 3-1 lead. Fuller then followed with a single through the left side of the infield and then stole second base before Jon Testani homered to right-center field to give UConn a 5-1 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Nisson delivered his second hit of the day with a towering drive to center field that bounced off the base of the wall for a double. Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) then hit a line drive down the right field line for a ground-rule double to score Nisson and pull Quinnipiac within three runs, 5-2. After Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) walked, Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) followed with a grould-rule double to score Palmer and trim UConn's lead to 5-3.

In the bottom of the fifth, Donaghue connected for his first career home run with a towering drive the opposite way to pull Quinnipiac within a run, 5-4. After Caldari drew a four-pitch walk, Ted Hurvul replaced Dettmann on the mound. Dettman gave up four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 while walking three and striking out one. Hurvul struck-out Mammele to end the inning.

In the top of the sixth, DeBellis led off the inning with a base hit before Eric Yavarone reached on an error by Quinnipiac's third baseman. Anthony Aceto then singled through the left side of the infield to push DeBellis across and give the Huskies a 6-4 lead. The run ended Walsh's day after giving up six runs on 10 hits over five innings. He left with both runners on base to his credit. Walsh was replaced on the mound by George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) who walked Billy Ferriter and Tim Martin to force in a run and give UConn a three-run lead, 7-4. Dummar got Mazzilli to  line-out, before striking out Ryan Fuller for the innings' first two outs before hitting Testani with a pitch to force in another run and give Connecticut an 8-4 lead before Tom Verdi hit a line drive off the right field wall for a double to drive in three runs and give UConn an 11-4 lead. Five of the inning's six runs were unearned.

In the bottom of the sixth, Nisson delivered with a two-out RBI on a line drive to left field to score Ullrich from second base as Quinnipiac pulled within a run, 11-5. UConn responded with a run in the top of the seventh before Quinnipiac scored twice on a two-run single by Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.).

Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, April 10 when it hosts Rhode Island in a non-conference match-up at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats will then host Mount St. Mary's for a four-game, Northeast Conference series on April 13-15.