KNOXVILLE, Tenn- The Quinnipiac University baseball team fell to the University of Tennessee Volunteers. 13-2, in the first of three games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Bobcats drop to 0-4 on the year while No. 28 Tennessee improves to 8-0 on the year.
Prior to the start of the game, Jane Nelson - mother of Quinnipiac sophomore Ryan Nelson - threw out the ceremonial first pitch.University of Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano worked with Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley in organizing the series so that Ryan's father - Eric - and his family would get to see his youngest son play. Eric Nelson recently passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Bobcats junior Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn) and sophomore Lou Ianotti (North Haven, Conn) led the way offensively for the Bobcats. Guglietti went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored while Ianotti was 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.
Guglietti doubled down the right field line to lead off the top half of the 5th inning and later scored on an RBI groundout by sophomore Rob Pescitelli (West Islip, N.Y.). Ianotti led off the top of the 9th by scorching a ball to the right-center field gap that rolled all the way to the wall for a triple. Junior Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) then worked his second walk of the game to give Quinnipiac runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. Sophomore Mike Palladino's (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) double-play ball scored Ianotti and made the score, 13-2.
Freshman Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Mass) last four innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits while striking out two to fall to 0-2 on the season. Senior Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass) went 1 2/3 innings, surrendering five unearned runs on four hits in relief. Senior Matt DeRosa finished the game for the Bobcats, tossing 2 1/3 shutout innings and allowing only two hits.
Quinnipiac will look to bounce back and even up the series on Saturday, Mar. 1 at 2 PM EST. The pitching matchup will be Quinnipiac sophomore Justin Thomas (0-0, 0.00) against UT's Andrew Lee (2-0, 2.31).