HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Mount St. Mary's, 7-6, in the fourth and final game of its Northeast Conference series at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field. With the loss, Quinnipiac goes to 6-27 overall and 5-15 in the Northeast Conference while the Mount moves to 12-27 overall and 5-15 in NEC play.
Seven different players had multiple-hit games, while Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) led the way with three hits and an RBI. Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.), Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.), Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.), Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.), Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) and Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) all had two hits.
Mount St. Mary's used a pair of home runs from Mo Moriarty, to lead off the second inning, and Nick Walker, to lead off the third inning, to jump out to an early 2-0 lead. Quinnipiac got to the Mount's starter Thomas Williams their second time through the line-up when Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) lined a two-out single through the left side of the infield. Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) then hit a towering shot to left-center field for a triple as Ruditys scored from first base to cut Mount St. Mary's lead in half, 2-1, through three innings.
In the fourth, Moriarty hit a pop-up down the right field line that dropped in. Moriarty, who was hustling out of the box, stretched the blooper into a double. Ryan Owens then placed a bunt down and beat the throw to first before Sam Nott bounced a ball through the left side of the infield to score Moriarty and increase the Mount's lead to 3-1. Quinnipiac starter Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.) then hit Jack Schwartz with a curveball to load the bases before Walker singled to right to drive in Owens. After Walsh struck out Michael Foster, Jay Knight hit a line drive to deep center to score Nott and give Mount St. Mary's a 5-1 lead.
In the fourth, Nisson led off the inning with a single to center field before Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) hit what appeared to be a double-play ball, but a Bobcat-friendly bounce ended up in right-center field for a hit as Nisson moved to third.
Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) followed with a line drive left field for a single to score Nisson as Quinnipiac moved within three runs, 5-2. Gabe Guerino's (Milford, Conn.) textbook bunt to third allowed the Bobcats' designated hitter to reach for a single and load the bases for Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.). Donaghue's groundball to third was played to home and then over to first for the double-play, before Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) ground-out to short to end the inning.
In the sixth, Palmer, Civale and Guerino all hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases for Donaghue. Donaghue delivered with a long single that bounced off the base of the left field wall that drove in Palmer as Quinnipiac pulled within two runs, 5-3. The hit knocked Mount St. Mary's starter Williams from the game in favor of Dan Horner, who inherited three runners. Horner and Dwyer battled, with Dwyer sending a ball deep down the right field line that landed two feet foul before Horner's back-door curveball was called for strike three for the second out of the inning. Horner then got Ruditys to pop-up behind the plate to end the inning and the Bobcats' threat.
Ray Buckley (Orange, Conn.) came-on in relief of Walsh to start the seventh. Walsh allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out seven in six innings of work. Buckley gave up a single to Foster to the start the inning, who moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt and third on a wild pitch from Buckley. Foster scored on a ground ball to right field by Mark Quaranta that gave Mount St. Mary's a three-run lead, 6-3. After walking Moriarty, Buckley gave up a single to Owens that scored Quaranta and give the Mount a 7-3 lead. Buckley was lifted in favor of Matt Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.). Siciliano needed to just four pitches to strike out Nott looking to put the fire out.
In the bottom of the eighth, Civale led-off the inning with his third hit of the game. He was replaced in favor of Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.), who was picked-off. After Guerino hit a towering shot to center, that was caught, Donaghue drove a ball deep to left, over the head of the Mount's left fielder for a double. It was Donaghue's eighth extra-base hit of the season, good for the team lead. He scored on a single to right field by Dwyer to pull Quinnipiac within three runs, 7-4. Kevin O'Connell (Glastonbury, Conn.) came on to pitch the ninth following Siciliano who pitched 1 1/3 hitless, scoreless innings while striking out two.
In the ninth, Ullrich led off with a single to left field that was misplayed by the left fielder, allowing Ullrich to sneak over to second. Nick Riley then came on in relief of Horner. Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) then lined a single to right field, which was also misplayed, allowing Guglietti to move over to third on the play with Quinnipiac trailing, 7-5. Guglietti scored on a ground-out to short by Nisson as the Bobcats moved within a run, 7-6. Riley then struck out Palmer and got Blumenthal to ground out to end the game.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 17 when it travels to West Hartford, Conn. to take on the University of Hartford in a non-conference match-up at 3 p.m. The Bobcats return home next weekend when they host Bryant on April 20-22.
Contact: Ken Sweeten (Kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)