Baseball Comes Up Short In Back-And-Forth Battle, Falls To Wagner, 10-9

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac baseball team lost the final game of its four-game Northeast Conference series to Wagner, 10-9, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac came from behind twice in the game, but fell short in the final inning. Quinnipiac goes to 10-29 overall and 5-15 in the Northeast Conference while Wagner improves to 19-23 overall and 12-8 in league play.

Quinnipiac sophomore Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) was 4-for-5 with three RBI while Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Freshman Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) put together a three-hit day while Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) and Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) both scored twice.

Quinnipiac loaded the bases in the first inning before Nelson was hit by a pitch to force Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) home to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. After Wagner tied the game in the second, the Seahawks scored four runs to jump out to a 5-1 lead in the top of the third. Only two of the four runs were earned off of Quinnipiac starter Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.). Thomas gave up eight runs on the day – only half of which were earned – on seven hits in five innings of work.

In the bottom of the third, Dwyer walked before Migani went down on strikes. Guglietti then doubled over the head of Wagner's center field to score Dwyer. Guglietti moved to third when Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) reached base on a dropped third strike. Nelson then hit a ground ball to short to score Guglietti as Quinnipiac pulled within two runs, 5-3.

In the bottom half of the fourth, Herter singled before with one out before Palladino went down swinging. Back-to-back two-out walks by Dwyer and Migani set the stage for a two-out, two-run single by Guglietti to tie the game, 5-5. Migani then scored on a wild pitch to give Quinnipiac a 6-5 lead.

The back-and-forth continued into the top of the fifth when Wagner struck for three runs to take an 8-6 lead. Quinnipiac got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.) stole home on a throw down to second base on Herter's steal of home. In the seventh, Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) doubled down the line before scoring on Herter's single to tie the game at 8-8.

In the top of the eighth inning, Wagner's Chris Smith hit a sacrifice fly to score Nick Alfano with the go-ahead run. The Bobcats responded again, when Migani walked with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Guglietti then hit a line drive to left that put runners on the corners. Donaghue followed with a one-out ground ball to short, which had all the makings of an inning-ending double play. Guglietti was put out at first but a hustling Donaghue beat the throw on the back end to first, allowing Migani to score and tie the game at 9-9.

In the top of the ninth, Ben Ruta singled to center field, scoring Shaun Flynn, to give Wagner a 10-9 lead. Quinnipiac went in order in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.

The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, May 1 when they host Massachusetts for a non-conference match-up at QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. at 3 p.m.