HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac baseball team lost the first game of its doubleheader against LIU Brooklyn, 7-4, before responding with a 1-0 win in the second game. Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) pitched 5 2/3 hitless innings in the second game, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. After a pair of LIU batters reached in the third, Fabrizio retired the next nine batters before a high fly ball down the third base line dropped in for a hit. Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) took the no-decision in the first game after giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings pitched. Lamacchia used 132 pitches to navigate his way to an eight-strike out afternoon before leaving the game with Quinnipiac leading, 4-3. The Bobcats go to 8-37 overall and 7-22 in NEC play while Long Island drops to 18-31 overall and 9-17 in league play.
Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) and Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) both drove in runs in the first game. In the second game, Palmer was 2-for-3 while Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.) drove in Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) with the game's only run.
In the first game, In the top of the third inning, Lamacchia pitched out a bases-loaded jam that featured back-to-back hits following a lead-off walk. Julian Castro worked the count full, fouling off several pitches, before drawing the walk. Brad Greve then hit a ground ball up the middle for a single before Tyler Jones lined the second pitch he saw of his at-bat to right field to load the bases. Pete Leonello then hit a ground ball back to the mound that Lamacchia threw home for the first out of the inning. Drew Walsh hit a line drive to short for the second out before Chris Untereiner hit a ground ball to third that Bobcats' third baseman Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) hauled in before stepping on the bag to end the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) walked to lead off the inning before getting bunted over by Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.). After Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was hit by a pitch, Palmer hit an infield fly for the second out of the inning. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) then drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases before Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) hit a ground ball to third to end the inning.
In the fifth, Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) lined a first-pitch fastball to right field to lead-off the inning with a single. Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) then offered to bunt, but walked on four pitches. Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) then hit a ground ball in the hall that LIU's short stop played to third. The Blackbirds' third baseman dropped the ball, allowing Guerino to score as Donaghue moved to third and Ruditys stretched his infield single to second base. Dwyer then drew a walk to load the bases for Nisson, who was hit with a pitch, for the second straight at-bat, to force in Donaghue to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead. Palmer drew a walk to force Ruditys home as the Bobcats took a three-run lead, 3-0, before Guglietti hit into an inning-ending double play.
In the sixth, Loenello walked to start the inning before Walsh hit a ground ball to first that was misplayed, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Untereiner's fly ball to left was deep enough to score Leonello as the Blackbirds trimmed Quinnipiac's lead to two runs, 3-1. Albert Faz's ground ball to short moved Walsh to third before Tito Marrero crushed a ground ball towards third. Palmer made a diving stop before making a short throw to first base, but Guerino was able to pick the ball out of the dirt for the final out of the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, LIU Brooklyn starter Chris Franzese retired the first two batters he faced before walking Donaghue and giving up a hard-hit line drive by Ruditys to left center for a single. Ruditys' second hit of the day ended Franzese in favor of Kyle Pomeroy. Franzese gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits over 5 2/3 while walking six batters and hitting two more. On the second pitch of Ullrich's at-bat, LIU Brooklyn catcher Tyler Jones fired out of his crouch and picked off Ruditys as first to end the inning.
Quinnipiac added a run in the seventh when Ullrich walked to lead off the inning before he was bunted over by Dwyer. Nisson then singled to left field, moving Ullrich to third. A failed pick-off move resulted in the ball landing out-of-play, moving Nisson to second and scoring Ullrich to give Quinnipiac a 4-1 lead.
In the eighth, Lamacchia retired Jones to start the inning before Leonello hit a hard ground ball off of his leg. Lamacchia picked the ball up and threw it away, moving Leonello to second. Walsh then delivered with an RBI single, followed by singles by Untereiner and Faz to move LIU Brooklyn within a run, 4-3, with one out before Lamacchia was lifted in favor of Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.). Siciliano retired Marrero on a long fly ball to left that was deep enough to allow Untereiner to sneak over to third. Siciliano then fired a wild pitch, allowing Untereiner to score and tie the game at 4-4. Castro followed with a single up the middle, scoring Faz to give LIU Brooklyn a 5-4 lead. After Greve walked, Siciliano hit Jones with a pitch to force Derek Stupski home an increase LIU's lead to two runs, 6-4.
George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) relieved Siciliano to start the ninth, walking Walsh to start the inning. After Untereiner bunted Walsh over, Faz's double to left center plated Walsh to give LIU Brooklyn a 7-4 lead.
In the second game, Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) lead off the inning with a single before moving to second on a walk by Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.). After Guerino dropped down a bunt to move both runners over, Ruditys was intentionally walked to get to senior Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.). Mammele had entered the game with just one at-bat in the Bobcats' last 15 games, after an 0-for-8 slump knocked him out of the line-up. Mammele drilled a single to right to plate Guglietti and give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.
Quinnipiac and LIU Brooklyn play the final two games of their NEC series on Sunday, May 6 at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.