April 26, 2013

Baseball Drops First Game Of NEC Series To Wagner, 3-2

The Quinnipiac baseball team lost the first game of its four-game Northeast Conference series against Wagner, 3-2, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 10-26 overall and 5-12 in the NEC while Wagner improves to 16-23 overall and 9-8 in league play. 

Freshman Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the Bobcats' offense with a 2-for-4 day for his second career multiple-hit game. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) and Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) each drove in runs for the Bobcats. Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) went the distance for the Bobcats, but took the loss to drop to 3-6 on the year. Lamacchia allowed three runs on 11 hits while striking out six.

Quinnipiac made some noise early when Mike Palladino (Rockville Center, N.Y.) and Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) led-off the inning with a pair of singles. Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) hit a ground ball to second, but beat out the throw on the back end of the double play to put runners on the corners. Migani's ground ball to third scored Palladino to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. 

Lamacchia was dealing for much of the game, holding Wagner scoreless over the game's first five innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Quinnipiac took a 2-0 lead when Ruditys singled to left field to score Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.). 

In the sixth, Wagner finally got to Lamacchia, pushing across three runs to take a lead. Nick Dini and Chase Gray started the inning with consecutive base hits before a double steal put two runners in scoring position. Shaun Flynn's single up the middle scored both Seahawks' runners to tie the game. Tommy Mazurkiewicz singled up the middle before Flynn moved to third on a wild pitch. Nick Alfano then singled to center field to score Flynn and give Wagner the lead for good. 

In the eighth, Quinnipiac threatened when Dwyer walked, Donaghue singled and Migani was hit-by-a-pitch to load the bases, but an inning-ending double play ball squashed the Bobcats' chance to put a run across. Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) reached with a two-out single in the ninth, but a Quinnipiac pinch hitter ground-out to the pitcher to end the game. 

Quinnipiac and Wagner will resume their series on Saturday, Apr. 27 with a pair of seven-inning games at the QU Baseball Field. The first game is set for a 1 p.m. start with the second game starting approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the first game.