May 14, 2013

Baseball Drops Non-Conference Match-Up To Fairfield, 6-2

The Quinnipiac baseball team  lost to Fairfield, 6-2, in a non-conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac goes to 14-35 on the year while Fairfield improves to 18-28. 

Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) was 2-for-4 in the game while Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) drove in a run for the Bobcats. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) had a hit in the game to push his career total to 192 as he chases 200 career hits, with four games to play. Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) and Dale Long (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each scored for Quinnipiac. 

Quinnipiac starter Kevin Sustad (Merrick, N.Y.) had a rough start, but settled in to throw six solid innings against the Stags. All three runs surrendered by Sustad came in a first inning that included three walks and four wild pitches. Sustad bounced back, holding Fairfield to one hit over the next five scoreless innings, while allowing two base runners to move into scoring position through the sixth inning.

In the fifth, Long drew a lead-off walk. Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) then dropped down a bunt that Fairfield's third baseman played to second, which Long beat. After Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) struck-out and Migani  walked, Guglietti hit a bouncing ball up the middle that scored Long to cut Fairfield's lead to two runs, 3-1, through five innings.

In the sixth, Quinnipiac tacked on another run when Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) reached and advanced to second on an error. After Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) ground out on a chopper up the middle, Long dropped down a bunt to move Dwyer to third. Dwyer spied the Stags' catcher up the baseline on the play and stole home to cut Fairfield's lead to 3-2. Fairfield responded in the eighth with three runs to increase its lead to 6-2.

Quinnipiac will finish its season this weekend when it travels to Teaneck, N.J. to take on Fairleigh Dickinson in a four-game Northeast Conference series on May 17-19.