QU Baseball Drops Doubleheader To Notre Dame, 9-6 and 6-0

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Quinnipiac baseball team was swept by Notre Dame in a non-conference doubleheader at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Ind. The Bobcats fell to Notre Dame, 9-6, in the first game and 6-0 in the second game. With the losses, Quinnipiac drops to 10-23 overall while Notre Dame improves to 21-15.

In the first game, Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) was 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI to lead Quinnipiac. Donaghue's four-hit performance gives him a team-leading 10 multiple-hit games while his two RBI give him a team-best seven multiple-RBI games. Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) also drove in two runs, breaking an 11-game stretch in which he had failed to record a RBI. Senior Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) scored twice to push his team-leading run total to 22. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.), Migani and Ruditys also had two hits apiece as the Bobcats' 3-4-5 hitters combined for a 8-for-15 day in the first game of their twin bill against the Irish. Guglietti, Donaghue and Migani had hits in the second game as well.

Notre Dame used three runs in both the first and second innings to jump out to a 6-0 lead. The six earned runs were the most yielded by Quinnipiac starter Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.) were the most given up by the senior right-handed pitcher this season. Lamacchia gave up as many runs exactly one year ago when he was tagged for eight runs against Bryant on Apr. 20, 2012. Lamacchia was able to settle in after the first two innings, giving up just one hit over the next three innings before being lifted in favor of Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.).

In the fourth, Migani doubled over the head of the Fighting Irish's right fielder before moving to third on a base hit by Donaghue. After Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) popped up to second and Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) struck-out, Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) hit a slow-roller to third that he was able to beat-out for an infield single, allowing Migani to sneak home with the Bobcats' first run.

In the fifth, Ruditys walked to lead off the inning before moving to second on a groundball by Mike Palladino (Rockville Center, N.Y.).Guglietti then rifled an offering from Notre Dame starter Pat Connaughton through the left side of the infield to put runners on the corners. Migani's ground ball retired Guglietti on second before Donaghue followed with a double to the gap to score Palladino and trim ND's lead to 6-2.

In the seventh, Walsh walked Frank DeSico to start the inning. DeSico stole second before Zak Kutsulis' ground ball to first moved DeSico to third base. After Walsh struck-out Eric Jagielo, Trey Mancini drove in his fourth run of the day to give Notre Dame a 7-2 lead. Mancini was 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI for the day.

In the seventh, Guglietti singled over the second baseman's head before Migani lined a single through the right side of the infield. Donaghue then delivered his fourth hit of the year down the left field line to score Guglietti and move Quinnipiac within four runs, 7-3, with no outs and two runners in scoring position.  Notre Dame reliever Donnie Hissa struck out Nelson and Civale, Ullrich walked to load the bases before Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) walked to force in Migani and pull Quinnipiac within three runs, 7-4. Ruditys then sliced an offering from Hissa the opposite way, dropping a single down the right field line to score Donaghue and Ullrich as the Bobcats moved within a run, 7-6.

In the eighth, Walsh got DeSico to fly-out before giving up consecutive hits to Kutsulis and Jagielo and intentionally walking Mancini to load the bases with one out. A base hit by Ryan Bull plated two more runs as Notre Dame headed to the final inning with a three-run lead, 9-6. 

In the second game, Notre Dame used a four-run first inning to pad an early lead. Two of the four runs were earned off of Quinnipiac starter Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.), who gave up four hits in the inning. Mancini drove in one of the four runs in the first, and also drove in another run in the second inning. Notre Dame added a run in a fourth inning on Jagielo's second RBI of the game and fourth of the doubleheader to take a 6-0 lead.

Kane left the game after the sixth after giving up six runs – four earned – on 10 hits while striking out three. Kane, like Lamacchia, was hit early, but held Notre Dame to one run on four hits over the final three innings of work. He also worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, which he escaped unscathed. Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) came on to pitch for the Bobcats, holding the Irish scoreless in two innings of work.

Notre Dame's Adam Norton struck out a career-high nine batters in a complete game shutout to improve to 8-1 on the season. 

Quinnipiac and Notre Dame will wrap-up their three-game set at Frank Eck Stadium on Sunday, Apr. 21 at 1:05 p.m. Live stats and video will be available by clicking on the appropriate multimedia links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com