SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team was defeated by Bryant University twice on Sunday afternoon, as the Bulldogs defeated the Bobcats, 4-0, in game one and 10-5 in game two from Conaty Park. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) had a hit in each game, including an RBI single in the backend of the twinbill.
With the losses, Quinnipiac falls to 10-20 on the season and 5-11 in Northeast Conference play. Bryant, who now owns the nation's longest winning streak which was extended to 18 games, improved to 23-9-1 overall and 12-0 in the NEC.
The story of game one was the starting pitcher for Bryant, Craig Schlitter. The junior right-hander tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just one hit and walking another in his fifth win of the season. Schlitter did not allow a hit into the seventh inning of play, where Guglietti doubled to break up the no-hitter. Schlitter worked out of trouble by inducing two groundball outs to finalize a 4-0 score.
Bryant garnered all of its offense in the third inning, pushing four runs across the dish on five hits. Senior Dan Muscatello continued his torrid stretch at the plate with a two-run double to wall in right-center. Junior Tom Gavitt followed with a single to put runners on the corners and freshman Robby Rinn (Warwick, R.I.) scored both with a single through a drawn-in infield.
Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) started and finished the game for the Bobcats, scattering 10 hits over all six innings. All four runs were earned as he walked three and struck out two in his fourth loss of the season.
Conversely to the first game; the nightcap featured a high-scoring affair with late-inning heroics. Quinnipiac carried a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Bulldogs rallied for seven runs to complete the four-game sweep with a 10-5 victory.
The Bobcats manufactured a run in the sixth and the seventh, before regaining the lead with a three-run eighth. With runners on second and third, Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) stepped into the batters' box and laced a two-run double down the left field line. Quinnipiac extended the inning with a walk and some small ball, leaving two outs and runners on second and third. The Bryant third-baseman bobbled Brian Ruditys' (Boothwyn, Pa.) shot down the line and Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) came around to score on the error. The Bobcats, up 5-3 at the time, needed just six outs for the win.
Unfortunately, the league's top offense came to life in the bottom half with a monstrous inning to take the lead for good. Bryant generated seven runs on four hits and took a 10-5 lead into the last inning. Quinnipiac went down in order, leaving Bryant with its 16th straight win at Conaty Park.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 16 with against Hartford. First pitch from the QU Baseball Field is set for 3 p.m.