WEST LONG BRANCH, N. J. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team split a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Monmouth, losing the first game 1-0 before coming-from-behind to win the second game in extra innings, 3-2. Quinnipiac goes to 6-6 on the year while also opening its NEC slate at 1-1. Monmouth is now 8-8 and 1-1 in league play.
Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) had five hits in the doubleheader while Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) drove in the game-winning run in the second game. Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) picked up his first career win in the second game after holding Monmouth scores over three innings while scattering two hits.
In the first game, Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.) went the distance, holding Monmouth to one run on four hits while striking out six. Lamacchia took the hard-luck after Owen Stewart slapped a two-out single in the second inning to drive home Chris Perrett with the game's lone run. Andrew McGee picked up the win after he held the Bobcats scoreless despite giving up 11 hits. McGee also struck out seven batters.
At the plate in the first game, Quinnipiac's Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) was 3-for-5 while Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.), Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) and Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) all had two hits for the Bobcats.
In the second game, Kane gave up a pair of runs to the Hawks in the fourth and fifth inning before Quinnipiac responded with a two-run sixth inning. Kane retired one batter in the top of the inning before being lifted in favor of Binkiewicz, who induced a double-play ball and got the final batter of the inning to ground out.
In the sixth, Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) was hit by a pitch before Donaghue singled and Civale dropped down a bunt that he beat out for a hit. Monmouth's Jeff Paglione then came on in relief, inducing a ground ball from Migani for the double play. Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) then hit a ground ball to short that was thrown away, allowing Ruditys and pinch-runner Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) to score to tie the game.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ruditys walked to lead-off the inning and moved to second on a failed pick-off move by Hawks reliever Neil Harm. Donaghue singled on a 1-and-2 pitch to short as Ruditys moved to third before Dwyer was intentionally walked to load the bases for Migani. Migani then hit a line drive to left-center field to score Ruditys with the game-winning run.
Quinnipiac and Monmouth will meet again on Sunday, Mar. 24 for a Northeast Conference doubleheader slated for a 12 p.m. start.