March 24, 2013

Bobcats Split Doubleheader Against Monmouth, Open NEC Play At 2-2

The Quinnipiac baseball team split a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Monmouth, with the Hawks taking the first game 5-1, before Quinnipiac responded with a 5-1 win in the second game. Quinnipiac is now 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the NEC.

Quinnipiac freshman Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) picked up his first win in the second game of the doubleheader after holding Monmouth to one run over seven innings pitched while scattering six hits. Thomas previously threw five scoreless innings against nationally-ranked NC State. For the year, Thomas is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings pitched over his first two collegiate starts.

Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) took the loss in the first game despite hurling five innings of one-run ball, before being tagged for four runs in the sixth inning of the first game. Kevin O'Connell (Glastonbury, Conn.) appeared in both games in relief. In the first game, he fired 1 2/3 innings without giving up a run on two hits before coming back in the second game to throw two scoreless innings. 

In the first game, Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) drove in Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) with the Bobcats' only run in the second inning. Guglietti finished the day with a team-best three RBI after driving in two more runs in the second game. In that game, Guglietti singled to left field to score Migani and Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead. After he moved to third base on a throwing error by the left fielder, Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) drove him in on a ball hit to right field that was misplayed by the Hawks' corner outfielder. 

In the fifth, Migani singled home Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) before Ruditys paid-it-forward with a run-scoring single in teh sixth that scored Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.) to give Quinnipiac its four-run lead.

Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, Mar. 26 when it travels to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Fairfield University in a non-conference match-up at 3 p.m. at the Stags' Alumni Baseball Field.