The Quinnipiac University baseball team split a doubleheader at Navy, losing the first game, 3-2, before coming from behind to top the Midshipmen, 4-3, in the second game. Quinnipiac goes to 2-11 on the year while Navy moves to 8-9 on the year.
In the first game, Quinnipiac junior Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) drove in both runs in a 3-2 Bobcats' loss at Navy in the first game of their doubleheader at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
Guglietti finished the first game with a 3-for-4 showing, including a season-high two RBI. Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) was 2-for-3 for the day, while sophomore southpaw hurler Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) took the hard-luck loss after giving up three runs on four hits over six innings on the mound.
In the first, Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) was hit by a pitched before stealing second and scoring on Guglietti's RBI single in the first. Navy evened the scored on Robert Currie's inside-the-park home run in the bottom half of the inning. Navy tacked on a run in the fourth, before Currie drove in another run in the fifth to give the Midshipmen a 3-1 lead.
In the seventh, Dale Long (Sarasota Springs, N.Y.) walked to lead off the inning before leaving the game in favor of pinch-runner Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.). The next Quinnipiac batter was retired before Batten singled to put runners on first and second. After the second out of the inning, Guglietti lined a double to right-center field to score Ruditys as Batten moved to third, but a ground-out to the end the game left the game tying run 90 feet away.
In the second game, Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) help Navy scoreless over the first 5 1/3 innings before the Midshipmen broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Fabrizo was sharp in his first start of the season, holding Navy to two hits before its three-run sixth inning. At the plate, Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) was 4-for-4 with two doubles while Gugliett drove in two more runs and Ruditys was 2-for-5.
In the sixth, Fabrizo retired the lead-off batter before Currie and Brandon Beans put together back-to-back base hits. Travis Blue followed with a single to center field that was misplayed, allowing Beans to move to third and Currie to score the game's first run. Kash Manzelli then drove in both runners with a single to give Navy a 3-0 lead before Fabrizio was lifted in favor of freshman Matthew Osieja (Wyckoff, N.J.), who retired the two batters he faced in the inning to pitch Quinnipiac out of the jam.
In the seventh, Donaghue led off the inning with his second double of the day. After moving to third on a wild pitch, he scored on a bunt single by Blumenthal to pull Quinnipiac within two runs, 3-1. In the eight, Batten led off with a walk before moving to second on a single by Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.). Guglietti then turned on a one-strike offering and blasted the ball down the right field line to score both runners and tie the game. Donaghue followed with a single through the right side of the infield for his fourth hit of the day, scoring Guglietti and giving Quinnipiac a 4-3 lead.
Osieja pitched a perfect eighth before Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley went to closer Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) for the final three outs for his first save of the year, in his first appearance. Osieja also picked up his first career win after retiring all six batters he faced for the day.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Mar. 16 when it faces Navy in the final game of its four-game series in Annapolis, Md.