HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team celebrated Katie Vashon Day on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats hosted Bryant University for a doubleheader at the QU Baseball Field on Mount Carmel Avenue. The Bulldogs swept the twinbill, taking game one by the final score of 5-2 and then completed the four-game sweep with a 20-4 triumph in game two.
With the losses, the Bobcats fall to 6-32 overall and 5-19 in the Northeast Conference. The surging Bulldogs remain hot, improving to 25-15, 17-3 in league play.
After the ceremonial first pitch tossed out by Katie Vashon's brother and father, Tim and Jim Vashon, Bryant opened the scoring column in the first inning of play. Connor Carigan led off the game with a base-hit to right and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Carigan proceeded to create havoc on the base-path, stealing third base and advancing home after a miscue by the Bobcats' defense.
Bryant tacked on two more in the fourth, before Quinnipiac mustered its first runs of the game in the ensuring inning. Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) and Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) reached first and second base after a walk and a hit-by-pitch with no one out. Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) moved them into scoring position with a nicely executed sacrifice bunt, setting the table for Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.). Donaghue laced a two-run double to center field, cutting the Bobcats' deficit to 3-2.
Unfortunately for the home team, their bats went quiet and failed to bring another run around to score. Bryant added two insurance runs in the top half of the sixth to solidify a 5-2 final score.
Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) was on the mound for the Bobcats and tossed a complete game. He allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits and struck out five in his sixth loss of the season. His counterpart, Joseph Michaud, allowed three hits over five innings of work in his sixth win of the season. Trevor Lacosse came into close the game, earning his first save of the year.
Dwyer and Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) each tallied two hits on the afternoon. Ruditys and Donaghue were credited with the other two QU hits. The Bobcats stranded nine runners on base.
Game two featured a one-sided affair at the QU Baseball Field as the Bryant Bulldogs put together an offensive outburst. Bryant recorded 22 runs on 17 hits and 13 walks, in an impressive performance with the bats. Kevin McAvoy took the mound for the Bulldogs, and allowed just one run over five innings for his fifth win of the campaign.
Quinnipiac produced four runs on seven hits for the game. Christopher Caldari (Plainview, N.Y.), Dwyer and Ruditys each collected RBI for the Bobcats. Dwyer and Ruditys combined for three hits and two runs scored as well.
Quinnipiac returns to the diamond on Tuesday, April 24 with an away game at Dartmouth. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. For all the latest news and information regarding the men's lacrosse program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
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