STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team split a Northeast Conference doubleheader against Wagner at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, N.Y. Wagner took the first game, 7-1, before Quinnipiac responded with a 6-2 win in the second game. The win snaps a nine-game losing streak and brings Quinnipiac to 2-10 overall and 1-2 in the NEC.
Senior Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was 5-for-7 in the doubleheader, including a 2-for-3 day in the first game. Nisson entered the series hitless in his previous 12 at-bats before breaking out in the first game. Nisson also drove in two runs in the second game of the twin bill. Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) also drove in two runs on the day, one in each game, for his first run-production of the season. Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) remained hot with his third straight multiple hit game. The sophomore third baseman is now nine for his last 16 at-bats.
Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) picked up his first win of the season after holding Wagner to two runs on two hits over seven innings for the complete game. Kane struck out six in his third start of the season. Both runs scored against Kane were unearned. Game 1 starter George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) took the loss after giving up seven runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3. Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.) spun 2 2/3 innings of hitless, scoreless baseball while striking out three batters.
In the first game, Quinnipiac's lone run came in the fourth inning when Palmer raked a one-out single past the short stop. After Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) singled to left field, Ruditys' single to center field scored Palmer from second base.
In the second game, Wagner benefitted from a three-error inning by the Bobcats' defense, resulting in two unearned runs. Quinnipiac, who was held to three hits over the first four innings, finally got to Wagner starter Dakota Dvorak, producing a six-run fifth to knock the Seahawks' starter from the game. After Dvorak hit Ruditys with a pitch, he managed to get Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) to fly out to right field. Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) then drew a walk before freshman Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) singled to load the bases.
Freshman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) singled up the middle to drive in Ruditys before Nisson's single to center scored Ullrich and Donaghue to give Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead. Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) then singled to first base to move Nisson to second, before Palmer's ground ball, scoring Guglietti and second pushed Nisson to third, with Guerino retired on the play. Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.) then picked up his first career RBI with single to right field to score Nisson and give Quinnipiac a 6-2 lead.
Quinnipiac concludes its four-game Northeast Conference series against Wagner on Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m. from Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, N.Y.