HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) went toe-to-toe with Bryant's Craig Schlitter in the backend of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University baseball team fell short to the Bulldogs, 1-0, in extra innings to solidify a two-game sweep for the NEC's top team. Bryant defeated the Bobcats 11-5 in game one and remains atop the Northeast Conference in the standings.
With the losses, Quinnipiac falls to 6-30 overall and 5-17 in the Northeast Conference. The Bulldogs, now victorious in 11 of their last 13 games, improved to 23-15 overall and 15-3 in the NEC with the sweep.
The visiting Bulldogs opened the scoring summary in game one of the doubleheader, boasting three runs in the top of the third inning. Bryant mustered three runs on three hits, which was aided by a couple of Bobcat errors in the field.
Quinnipiac wasted little time answering the deficit, compiling its first run in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) reached base on a throwing error and advanced to second base on the play. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) stepped into the batters' box and laced a single up the middle for the Bobcats' first run.
After a scoreless fourth, the Bulldogs' bats came to life in the top of the fifth inning. Bryant produced six runs on five hits en route to an 8-1 advantage, a lead that proved to be an insurmountable mountain for the Bobcats to climb. Quinnipiac chipped away with a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh, but couldn't overcome Bryant's lead. The Bulldogs tacked on two more in the eighth and QU added its final tally in the bottom half of the inning.
Ullrich led the Bobcats with 3-for-5 day from the plate with three runs scored. Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) and Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) tallied the other two hits for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats stranded 10 runners and struck out six times in the game.
Bryant's Peter Kelich, the NEC's top starter thus far, tossed a gem for the Bulldogs. He went seven innings, allowed nine hits and three runs in his seventh win of the campaign.
Game two of the twinbill featured an absolute pitchers dual between QU's Spencer Kane and Bryant's Craig Schlitter. The counterparts battled back and forth all the way until the eighth inning of play, when Bryant manufactured the game's only run. With two out, runners on first and third, John Mullen stepped to the plate and lined a go-ahead RBI single up the middle for a 1-0 lead. Sal Lasanti came on to pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning and picked up his seventh save of the season.
Kane was terrific for the Bobcats, as the junior right-hander went eight innings, allowed four hits, fanned three and allowed just the one run. Unfortunately, Schlitter tossed seven innings, allowed no runs on four hits and struck out three, picking up his fifth win of the campaign.
Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) posted three out of the Bobcats' four hits. Civale tallied the other hit for Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon with the backend doubleheader of the series. The Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics will celebrate Katie Vashon Day with a ceremonial first-pitch set for 12 p.m. Her father, Jim Vashon, will toss out the game's first pitch in honor of Katie Vashon, who worked in the Quinnipiac University Sports Information Department for four years before she suddenly passed away after a brief battle with leukemia in 2005. For all the latest news and information regarding the men's lacrosse program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
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