March 16, 2012

Baseball Drops 1-0 Decision To Wagner In NEC Opener

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The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Wagner, 1-0, in its 2012 Northeast Conference opener at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, N.Y. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 1-9 overall while it opens its NEC schedule at 0-1. Wagner improves to 4-11 overall and 1-0 in the NEC.

Freshman shortstop Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) was 3-for-4 in the game while third baseman Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.), left fielder Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) and right fielder Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) all recorded two hits.

Coupled with a 4-for-5 day against William & Mary on Wednesday, March 14, Palmer now has six hits in his last nine at-bats. For Donaghue, the first-year infielder turned in his first multiple-hit performance, including a triple, while Ullrich recorded his third hit in two games. Civale had a break-out day in his first start of the season, while Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) also extended his team-leading hit streak to four games with a 1-for-3 day.

The story of the day was ultimately pitching, as the game featured two of the top arms in the Northeast Conference in Quinnipiac's Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) and Wagner's Ryan Van Spronsen. Lamacchia improved his league-leading ERA to 0.86 in the hard-luck loss after giving up the game's only run while scattering eight hits over eight innings and striking out six. The Bobcats were able to get to Van Spronsen for 10 hits, while he also walked three and struck out five. Both hurlers went the distance on the mound.

Wagner's lone run of the day came in the seventh inning when Nick Dini reached on a single before scoring on a single to right field by Bill Murphy. Quinnipiac's best scoring opportunities came in the fifth when Donaghue tripled with two outs and in the eighth when Palmer reached on a two-out single before moving to third on Guerino's single. In the ninth, Civale led off with a base hit and was moved over to second before Van Spronsen pitched out of another jam.

The Bobcats and Seahawks will square-off again on Saturday, March 17 with a pair of seven-inning games before concluding their series on Sunday, March 18 with a single, nine-inning game. Both days are set for a 1 p.m. start.

For more information, please contact Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)