March 28, 2013

Baseball Falls To Mount St. Mary's, 6-4

The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Mount St. Mary's, 6-4, in a Northeast Conference match-up at E.T. Straw Field in Emmitsburg, Md. With the loss, Quinnipiac slips to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the NEC. 

Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) was 2-for-4 with a double while Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) was 1-for-4 with three RBI. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) doubled in the second inning to extend his team-best hitting streak to 11 games. Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.) had a season-high 10 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings pitched but gave up six runs, four of which were unearned. 

Migani's second-inning double set-up the Bobcats with their first run of the game. After Donagueflew out to center field, Migani snuck over to third before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. 

Mount's Jay Knight tied the game with a lead-off homer in the bottom of the third. Knight was 4-for-5 in the game with two runs scored. Zane Bard followed with a single before scoring on a single by Tom Healy to give the Mount a 2-1 lead. In the fourth, Mount took a 3-1 lead on a sacrifice-squeeze bunt that scored Nick Walker to give the home team a two-run lead. 

In the sixth, Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) to lead off the inning before moving to second base on a single by Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.). After Migani flew out, Guglietti and Palladino moved up a base on a wild pitch. Donaghue then hit a deep fly ball to center to score Palladino as Quinnipiac edged one-run closer, 3-2.

In the seventh, Mount pushed across three runs to take a 6-2 lead, knocking Lamacchia out of the game in favor of Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.). Binkiewicz extended his already-impressive start to his Bobcats' career, giving up just one hit while holding Mount scoreless over 1 1/3.

In the eight, Ruditys led-off the inning with a walk before Palladino and Guglietti were both retired. After Migani drew a walk, Donaghue doubled over the head of Mount St. Mary's center fielder to plate both runs as the Bobcats cut their deficit in half, 6-4.

In the ninth, Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) singled to lead off the inning before being replaced for pinch-runner Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.). Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.) and Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) were both retired before Ruditys doubled down the line to put runners on second and third. Palladino then hit a hard liner to third that was snared to end the inning.

Quinnipiac and Mount St. Mary's will resume their NEC series on Friday, Mar. 29 with a pair of seven-innings games set for a 1 p.m. start.