May 17, 2013

Bobcats Split NEC Doubleheader At Fairleigh Dickinson

The Quinnipiac baseball team split a Northeast Conference doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson in Teaneck, N.J. The Bobcats won the first game, 3-2 in 10 innings, before dropping the second game, 3-2. Quinnipiac improves to 10-20 in NEC play and 15-36 overall while FDU drops to 12-34 overall and 7-23 in league play. 

In the first game, Bobcats' captain Chris Migani's (Orange, Conn.) sacrifice flyball in the top of the 10th inning capped Quinnipiac's come-from-behind win against FDU in Game 1. Migani drove in Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) with the game-tying run in the top of the 9th before plating the Bobcats' freshman with the go-ahead run in extra innings. Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) accounted for Quinnipiac's first run of the game in the seventh. Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) picked up the win after holding Fairleigh Dickinson to two runs on nine hits over nine innings while Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) pitched a perfect 10th for his sixth save of the year. 

Fairleigh Dickinson scored twice in the second inning to give its starter Logan Frati a comfortable lead. Frati was dominate for much of the game, holding Quinnipiac to a run on two hits over seven innings. 

In the seventh, Donaghue led off with a single and went to third on Ryan Nelson's (Knoxville, Tenn.) single down the left field line. Nelson was put out on the play when he attempted to stretch it into a double, but Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) dropped down a bunt to squeeze Donaghue home with the Bobcats' first run.

In the eighth, with FDU's Anthony Calise in relief of Frati, Herter walked to lead off the inning. After Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) bunted him over, Calise struck-out BrianRuditys(Boothwyn, Pa.) for the second out fo the inning. Eric Snyder then entered the game in relief of Calise and gave up a RBI-single to Migani to tie the game at 2-2. 

Fabrizio was challenged in the ninth, when FDU had two runners on base with one out before Fabrizio struck out Ryan McDonald before retiring Jordan Ritz on the come-backer to the mound to end the inning. 

In the 10th, Herter singled up the middle with one out before stealing second base. After Ullrich walked, both runners moved up on a wild pitch by Snyder. Migani then hit a deep flyball to right field that scored Herter with the go-ahead run. Binkiewicz retired the Knights in order in the bottom of the inning for the save. 

In the second game, Quinnipiac held a 2-0 lead through six innings before Fairleigh Dickinson manufactured a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Knights scored again in the bottom of the seventh for the win in the night cap. 

In the second inning, Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) led off the inning with a double down the left field line and then moved to third on a wild pitch. Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) drove in Guglietti with his team-leading 36th RBI with a double to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. Guglietti finished with a 2-for-3 day. Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) went the distance for the Bobcats before taking the hard-luck loss. 

In the fifth, Kane once-again sat Fairleigh Dickinson down in order. In the sixth, Guglietti doubled to left to drive home Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Jared Ritz led off with a single down the right field line before Moonan ripped his third hit of the day to put two one with no outs. After a double steal to move Ritz and Moonan into scoring position at second and third, respectively, Ryan McGrath ground out for the first out in the inning. Kyle Weeks' ground ball to short scored Ritz before a fielding error allowed Ryan Anderson to reach and Moonan to move to third. With runners on the corners, Kane walked Dylan Sprague to load the bases, and then walked Joel Roman to force Moonan in to tie the game at 2-2. 

In the bottom of the seventh, Moonan doubled to complete a 4-for-4 day before scoring on a double by Weeks to give the Knights the win, 3-2.