The Quinnipiac University baseball team was stymied by solid starting pitching, and swept in a doubleheader against Hofstra at Houlihan Park, in Bronx, N.Y., on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats dropped the first game, 9-0, before falling in the second game, 6-0. In the defeat, Quinnipiac falls to 1-3 on the season. With the victories, Hofstra improves to 3-6 on the year.
After falling behind 2-0 in the 1st inning of game 1, the Bobcats strung together a pair of two-out singles in the 2nd, with senior Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) and freshman Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) reaching base. However, the rally was short-lived, as Hofstra's Dave D'Errico was able to get out of the jam and retire the side.
D'Errico went eight innings for Hofstra, surrendering three hits and a walk, improving his record to 1-1 on the season. Junior Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) was saddled with the loss for the Bobcats, surrendering seven runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks. His record on the season falls to 0-1. Junior Ray Buckley (Bethel, Conn.) relieved Kane and pitched three innings in his first career pitching appearance. Sophomore Kevin Adler (Marietta, Ga.) pitched a scoreless 9th inning for the Bobcats.
In the second game, the Bobcats' two offensive threats, in the 2nd and 7th innings, were ended by double plays. Quinnipiac tallied four hits in the contest, two off starter Dave Jesch, and the other two off reliever Gregg Lettini. Jesch earned the win for Hofstra, improving to 1-0 on the season. He pitched six innings, allowing two hits and two walks.
Sophomore Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) received the loss for Quinnipiac, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two over the first three innings of the seven-inning contest. Fabrizio falls to 0-1 on the season with the loss. Freshman Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, N.J.) pitched two innings of relief in his collegiate debut, and junior Kevin O'Connell (Glastonbury, Conn.) made his first career pitching appearance in the sixth inning.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Mar. 9, for the first of a three-game series against the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. The first pitch of Friday's contest is scheduled for 3 p.m.