Quinnipiac sophomore Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) homered twice - including the second of a back-to-back run with teammate Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) - but Quinnipiac fell to Hartford, 8-5, at QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The loss drops Quinnipiac to 10-21 on the year while Hartford improves to 11-21 on the season.
Donaghue's two-homer game is the first at Quinnipiac since Migani did it against Wagner on Apr. 21, 2011. In addition, it was the first time since Apr. 6, 2007 that Quinnipiac hit back-to-back home runs in a game. On that date, Peter Kummerfeldt and Wilson Matos connected to lead-off the fourth inning before Randy Gress and Jeff Mainetti went back-to-back in the sixth in a 15-1 win against Fairleigh Dickinson.
In the Bobcats' loss, Donaghue was 2-for-5 with four RBI while Migani was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.), Mike Palladino (Rockville Center, N.Y.) and Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) all collected two hits.
Quinnipiac fell into an early hole as Bobcats starter Kevin Sustad (Merrick, N.Y.) was tagged for five runs in the second inning. Sustad was lifted with one out in the inning in favor of Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.), who cooled the Hawks' bats over 3 2/3 innings.
In the fourth, Donaghue cut Hartford's 6-0 lead in half when he connected for his first home run of the season. After Migani and Guglietti singled to lead off the inning, Donaghue jumped on an offering from Hartford starter Sam McKay and blasted a three-run shot to left-center field.
With Walsh dealing, and after a one-run eighth by Hartford, Migani laced a first-pitch, chest-high curveball to deep left-center field to make the score 7-4. Donaghue then got a hold of the same pitch, driving it down the left field line to pull Quinnipiac within a couple runs at 7-5. Hartford homered off of reliever Kevin O'Connell (Glastonbury, Conn.) in the top of the ninth to give them a 8-5 lead.
Walsh allowed one run on three hits while striking out four. Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.) spun 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball while O'Connell gave up a run on two hits over the final 1 2/3 innings.
Quinnipiac when head out to South Bend, Ind. this weekend to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in a three-game set at Frank Eck Stadium. After a mid-week trip to Dartmouth on Wednesday, Apr. 24, the Bobcats will return home to host Wagner on Apr. 26-28 for a four-game Northeast Conference series at QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.