Baseball Falls To Tennessee, 4-3, In Extra Innings

The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Tennessee, 4-3, in extra innings. Quinnipiac took an early lead behind a gutsy performance from sophomore hurler Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn), but took the loss to drop to 0-5 for the year. The Volunteers improved to 9-0 on the season. 

Thomas  turned in a stellar performance for the Bobcats on the mound but was handed a no-decision.  Thomas threw eight innings allowing two runs - only one of which was earned- while scattering six hits and striking-out six.  Junior Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, N.J.) took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings pitched.

Juniors Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, PA) and Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn) led the way offensively for Quinnipiac, each going 2-3 with a double and an RBI.

Quinnipiac jumped on Tennessee early when freshman Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn) doubled to the right-center gap to give the Bobcats a runner in scoring position. With two outs, Guglietti doubled off the right field wall to score Batten and give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead.

Sophomore Rob Pescitelli (West Islip, N.Y.) led off the top of the 2nd with a walk before Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn) doubled down the left field line to to score Pescitelli and extend Quinnipiac's lead to 2-0.  Nelson was then moved to third on a ground ball by freshman Matthew Oestreicher (North Haven, Conn). Ruditys' sacrifice fly to left scored Neleson to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead. 

Tennessee chipped away at the deficit, plating a run in the bottom of the 2nd and one in the bottom of the 8th to cut the Quinnipiac lead to 3-2. The Bobcats had chances to extend their lead with multiple runners on base in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th but could not capitalize.

In the 9th, Tennesse's lead-off hitter reached base when he was hit by a pitch before coming around score on a two out single to send the game to extra innings. After Quinnipiac was held scoreless in the top half of the inning, Tennessee's leadoff hitter reached base and then stole second. He moved to third on a ground ball to send. With the runner now on third, Quinnipiac intentially walked the next two batters to set up the double play. UT's Taylor Smart delivered a single to left to bring in the winning run.

Quinnipiac will look to salvage a game tomorrow as the series concludes Sunday March 2nd at 1 PM EST.  The pitching matchup will be Quinnipiac freshman Gregory Egan (0-1, 17.18) vs UT's Kyle Serrano (1-0, 4.70).