April 10, 2012

Baseball's Comeback Bid Falls Short In 8-6 Loss To Rhode Island

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth, and stranded the tying run on second base, in an 8-6 loss to Rhode Island at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field. Quinnipiac drops to 3-26 on the season while URI improves to 17-13 overall.

Quinnipiac freshman Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) connected for his first career home run with a towering blast in the seventh inning to put Quinnipiac on the board. Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Rhode Island took an early lead, manufacturing a run when Jeff Roy dropped down a bunt on the first pitch of the game. Roy beat the throw to first from Quinnipiac third baseman Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) before stealing second and third base. Jeff Camman's ground ball through the left side of the infield brought Roy in to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. After Cammans moved to second on a passed ball and then stole third, Pat Fortunato's single by Quinnipiac's shortstop Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) to give URI a 2-0 lead. With Kevin Stenhouse on third, Pat Quinnipiac's foul ball down the left field line scored Stenhouse to increase the Rams' lead to 3-0.

In the second, Roy walked with one out and Chris Famiglietti was hit by a pitch before Cammans drove in two more runs when he drove a two-strike line drive over the head of Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) to plate Roy and Chris Famiglietti to push URI's lead to 5-0.

Quinnipiac starter Matt Lorenzetti (Marlboro, N.J.) was lifted after the second in favor of Matt DeRosa (Monroe, Conn.). DeRosa was masterful, giving up one hit in three innings of work, while striking out one. DeRosa allowed just two baserunners in three innings, when Joe Landi reached on an error before retiring the next five batters in order. DeRosa gave up a lead-off single in the fifth before making a spectacular snag of a line drive back to the mound. DeRosa played the sharply-hit ball clean before flipping the ball over to first base for the easy double play.  He was relieved for in the top of the sixth for Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.).

In the seventh, freshman first baseman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) turned on the first pitch he saw to lead off the inning, crushing a fastball over the scoreboard in right-center field at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field for the Bobcats' first run of the game. The home run was Guglietti's first of his Quinnnipiac career and trimmed URI's lead to four runs, 5-1.

After Guglietti's home run, URI starter Liam O'Sullivan, who had scattered five innings through the first six innings of play, got Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) to ground-out before walking Palmer. The walk ended Sullivan's day, in favor of Rams' freshman Cole Warren. Warren struck-out two in an inning pitched before being lifted in favor of Brendan Doonan. Quinnipiac put two runners on base in the eighth, but could not bring them around.

The staff-day rotation out of the bullpen worked for the Bobcats as they received six strong innings of scoreless pitching from Lamacchia, Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) and Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.). In the eighth, Kevin Adler (Marietta, Ga.) was tagged for three runs on two hits as Rhode Island increased their lead to 8-1.

In the bottom half of the inning, Guglietti led off the inning with the first of six straight walks before Chris Caldari (Parkview, N.Y.) singled in a run  plate the Bobcats' fifth run and move the game-tying run, in the form of Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) to second base. URI's Mike Bradstreet came on in relief to slam the door on the Bobcats' come-back bid and preserve the Rams' victory for his seventh save of the year.

Quinnipiac returns to action when it hosts Mount St. Mary's on April 13-15 at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.