NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Central Connecticut State, 13-7, in the fourth and final game of its Northeast Conference series against the Blue Devils. CCSU sweeps the series to improve to 15-9 overall and 9-3 in the NEC while Quinnipiac drops to 3-20 overall and 2-10 in league play.
Freshman designated hitter Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) extended his team-best hitting streak to seven games against NEC competition with a two-run double in the eighth inning. Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) had a three singles with a walk as part of a 3-for-3 day that saw the junior walk-on get on base in all four of his trips to the plate. Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles giving him a team-high six hits in the four-game series against CCSU. Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) spun three innings of scoreless baseball, giving up two hits while striking out four.
Central Connecticut batted around in the second inning, putting five runs on the board to take an early lead. Josh Ingham, JP Sportman and Tyler McIntyre all drove in runs. The Blue Devils pushed five more across in the fourth behind a two-run triple by Dylan DelaCruz, a sacrifice flyball by Mike Washburn and a run-scoring single by Ingham. CCSU then scored three more in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 13-0 lead.
Quinnipiac starter George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) lasted 1 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on three hits. Kevin O'Connell (Glastonbury, Conn.) came on in relief, giving up five runs – three earned – on five hits over 2 1/3. Ray Buckley (Milford, Conn.) was tagged for three runs on four hits in the Blue Devils' three-run fifth inning.
In the eighth, CCSU's Tom Coughlin relieved Cody Brown to start the inning. Brown held Quinnipiac scoreless while scattering four hits over seven innings on the hill. Coughlin walked Dwyer to start the inning before retiring pinch-hitter Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.). After Dwyer moved to second on a passed ball, Coughlin walked Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.). Guglietti then lined a pitch to the left-center field gap to score Dwyer and Ullrich. After Nisson stroked his second hit, moving Guglietti to third, Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) hit a deep fly ball to right field on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) down the right field line to make the score, 13-3.
In the ninth, Todd Savatsky came in to pitch in relief of Coughlin. Savatsky induced ground balls but a pair of throwing errors put Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) and Mammele on base. Dwyer followed with his third hit of the day before Blumenthal drove in Donaghue with the Bobcats fourth run of the day. Ullrich then roped a single to center field to score Mammele and load the bases for freshman pinch hitter Brian Heflin (Madison, Conn.), who hit a line drive to right field to score Blumenthal and trim the Blue Devils' lead to 13-7.
Quinnipiac is back in action on when it travels to West Long Branch, N.J. to take on Monmouth in a Northeast Conference series set for Apr. 5-7.