HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost both games of its Northeast Conference doubleheader to Fairleigh Dickinson, 5-3 and 11-4, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. With the losses, Quinnipiac drops to 3-15 overall and 2-6 in Northeast Conference play while Fairleigh Dickinson improves to 7-11-1 overall and 4-4 in conference action.
Freshman Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) had three hits for the day, while driving in two of Quinnipiac's five runs in the doubleheader. Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) scored two of Quinnipiac's runs, while driving in another with a double in the second game. Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) and Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) also had RBI's in the twin bill.
In the first game, Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) collected a pair of hits while Guglietti and Palmer both drove in runs. George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) took the loss for the Bobcats after giving up five runs - two unearned - on four hits over 3 1/3 innings of work. Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.) spun 3 2/3 of hitless, scoreless baseball in relief.
After Fairleigh Dickinson scored in the top half of the first, Quinnipiac responded in the bottom half when Nisson drove in Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) to tie the game at 1-1. FDU took a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second before taking a three-run lead, 4-1, with another run in the top of the third.
Quinnipiac was quick to respond in the bottom of the third. After Ullrich walked to lead off the inning, he was bunted over by Donaghue. Guglietti then rifled a ground ball up the middle to score Ullrich. Guglietti's single was the first of three-straight base this by the Bobcats, the third of which by Palmer drove the freshman designated hitter around from second and pulled Quinnipiac with a run, 4-3. The Bobcats' two-run fourth inning knocked FDU starter Brendan Butler from the game. After Anthony Calise hurled a scoreless inning out of the bullpen, Quinnipiac started to get to Yonah Perline. The result was an appearance by the Knights' closer, Eric Snyder, who held Quinnipiac hitless over the final 1 2/3 innings for his fourth save of the year.
In the second game, Fairleigh Dickinson starter Mike Eliasen kept Quinnipiac hitless until the fourth inning when Guglietti doubled down the left field line. He then proceeded to sit down the next 10 batters he faced before Chris Caldari (Plainview, N.Y.) doubled to right field.
In the bottom of the eighth, with Quinnipiac trialing 11-0, senior Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.) struck-out, but advanced to first on a pitch in the dirt for a dropped-third strike. After Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) flew out to left, Ullrich delivered with a double down the right field line as Mammele came around from first with the Bobcats' first run. Ullrich scored on a single by Guglietti.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, March 27 when it travels to Fairfield, Conn. to face University of Fairfield in a non-conference match-up at 3 p.m. The Bobcats return home to host Yale on Wednesday, March 28 at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field. Quinnipiac resumes Northeast Conference play with a four-game series at Central Connecticut State University on March 30, 31 and April 1.