April 27, 2013

Baseball Loses Two To Wagner, 3-1 and 8-7

The Quinnipiac University baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Wagner, losing the first game 3-1 before staging a come-back that ultimately fell short in an 8-7 loss in the nightcap. Quinnipiac goes to 10-28 overall and 5-15 in the Northeast Conference while Wagner improves to 18-23 overall and 11-8 in league play.

Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) managed three hits in the doubleheader while Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) drove in a run in both games. Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI-doubles in the second game. 

In the first game, Chase Gray doubled home Chris Smith in the first inning before Ben Ruta drove in Nick Dini to give Wagner an early 2-0 lead. In the third, Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) reached on an error to start the inning before scoring a single by Palladino to cut the Seahawks' lead in half. In the fifth, Wagner added an insurance run when Jayson Keel led off with a double, was moved over on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a ground ball by Ian Miller. 

Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) took the loss for Quinnipiac after giving up three runs on six hits in seven innings. Wagner's Matt Morris improved to 3-3 after holding Quinnipiac to one unearned run on three hits. 

In the second game, Wagner once again used a two-run first inning to jump out to an early lead. Quinnipiac responded in the bottom of the second inning. Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) doubled to start the inning and scored on Ruditys' single to center that was bobbled by Wagner's outfielder. After Ruditys was caught stealing, Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.) walked. After Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) was retired, Palladino was hit by a pitch. Dwyer then drove a deep line drive down the left field line to score Donovan from second to tie the game. 

In the third, Quinnipiac took a lead when Ruditys squeezed Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) home with a bunt. Wagner answered in a big way with a five-run fifth inning to take a 7-3 lead, and also added a run in the sixth after Quinnipiac got one back in the bottom of the fifth. 

Trailing 8-5 in their final at-bats, Quinnipiac mounted a come back as Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) and Nelson led off the inning with a pair of singles. After Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) came into the game to run for Nelson, Ruditys worked the count and loaded the bases with a walk. After Donovan popped out to left, Herter drew a walk to force Donaghue home. Palladino then hit a line drive up the middle that scored Blumenthal from third. Ruditys attempted to score the game-tying run on the play but was thrown out at the plate by the Seahawks' center fielder. Wagner closer Anthony Battaglia struck out Dwyer to end the game and earn his team-leading sixth save. 

Quinnipiac and Wagner will conclude their NEC series on Sunday, Apr. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.