HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost a non-conference game to the University of Rhode Island, 13-2, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac drops to 3-22 on the season while Rhode Island improves to 15-14.
Quinnipiac freshman starting pitcher George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) had a solid outing, allowing four runs on eight hits over five inning while striking out two. Dummar, and solid defense, were allowed to escape several jams early in the game before Dummar left with a pair of runners on base in the top of the sixth. At the plate, Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) extended his team-best hitting streak to seven games with a double. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) also connected for his second homerun of the season. Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI double.
For URI, lead-off hitter Mike LeBel was 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored, as well as two stolen bases, Tom Coloumbe had three hits and three RBI. Coloumbe drove in both runs with his second homerun of the season. Rob Curran picked up the win in relief for URI to improve to 1-1 on the season.
Dummar worked out of an early jam after giving up a two-strike single on a line drive to center field by URI's Mike Lebel to start the game. After a bunt single by Oliver Palmer moved LeBel to second, Kyle Borden drove an offering to Dummar down the left-field line, scoring LeBel to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. Dummar retired the next three batters, stranding two URI base runners.
Quinnipiac second baseman Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) led off the second inning with his second homerun of the season. Migani turned on a two-strike offering from URI starter Dan Johnson and drove the pitch deep over the left field wall to tie the game, 1-1.
In the top of the third inning, LeBel led off the inning with a drive down the left field line that one-hopped the fence for a ground rule double. After LeBel stole third, he scored on a sacrifice flyball to deep left field to give URI a one-run lead, 2-1.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Johnson retired Farina on strikes to start the inning before Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) doubled just inside the first base bag. He moved to third on a passed ball before Johnson walked Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) to put runners on the corners. Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) then drilled a fastball from Johnson over the head of the Rams' right fielder for a double, scoring Guerino to tie the game at 2-2. The hit knocked Johnson from the game in favor of freshman Rob Curran.
In the top of the sixth inning, Palmer and Borden led off the inning with a pair of hard-hit balls for base hits, knocking Dummar from the game in favor of freshman Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.). Palmer came score on a pop-fly by Stenhouse down the right field line that dropped in for an RBI. A passed ball allowed Borden to score to give URI a two-run lead, 4-2. Stenhouse scored when catcher Tom Donovan's throw on an attempted pick-off at third hit him in the back and skipped into left field. Zoey Angulo moved to third on the play, and scored on a throw to second base on pinch-hitter's Adam Berner's stolen base to push URI's lead to four runs, 6-2. LeBel's single through the left side of the infield scored Berner and Kenny Burns as the Rams jumped out to a six-run lead, 8-2. Tom Coulombe added a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give URI an eight-run lead, 10-2. The Rams tagged Quinnipiac reliever Todd DeFrancesco (North Haven, Conn.) for three runs in the top of the eighth.
Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend when they host Northeast Conference foe Long Island for a four-game series beginning Friday, April 16 at 3 p.m. with a nine-inning game. On Saturday, April 17, the Bobcats and Blackbirds will play a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 12 p.m., with the second game of the doubleheader to start approximately 25 minutes following the completion of the first game. The two teams will close-out their four-game set with a single, nine-inning game with the first pitched scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.