Baseball's Comeback Bid Falls Short In 3-2 NEC Loss To Sacred Heart

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team's last-inning comeback bid fell short as the Bobcats lost to Sacred Heart, 3-2, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac trailed, 3-0, heading into their final at-bats before ending the game with the tying run on second base.With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 5-20 in the Northeast Conference and 6-34 overall while Sacred Heart improves to 15-26 overall and 12-9 in league play.The game was played at the Quinnipiac baseball game, with Sacred Heart batting as the home team, due to scheduling conflict at Sacred Heart's home ballpark.

Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) scored the Bobcats' only other run of the game. Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) and Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) both drove in runs for the Bobcats. Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) dropped to 1-6 on the season despite pitching well while Sacred Heart's Nick Leiningen won the pitching duel to improve to 4-4 on the season.

In the bottom of the second, Lamacchia retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a single to Derick Horn. After walking Dave Boisture, Lamacchia gave up a double to Keaton Flint that scored Horn and gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead.

Sacred Heart's Nick Leiningen saw his bid for a perfect game end in the fourth inning when Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) hit a looping single to center field. Leiningen had retired the first 10 batters he faced before Ruditys broke up the sophomore left-handers no-hit bid.

In the bottom of the sixth Boisture connected on a fastball from Lamacchia for his first home run of the season. Boisture's drive got caught in the wind blowing out to right field and shot over the right field fence to give Sacred Heart a 2-0 lead. Flint then followed with a chopper up the middle for a single before Billy McDonough hit a line drive to left field for a single. John Murphy then lined a double the opposite way, down the left field line, to score Flint and increase the Pioneers lead to three runs, 3-0, through six innings.

Lamacchia exited the game after the seventh inning, giving way to Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.), after scattering 10 hits over seven innings pitched, with all three runs going down as earned. Lamacchia struck out six and walked four as he dropped to 1-6 on the year.

In the top of the ninth, Nisson singled on a ground ball to third, and moved to second when the ball was thrown away. Palmer then  hit a ground ball through the left side of the infield to move Nisson to third base before Civale's sacrifice fly scored Nisson with the Bobcats first run. After Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) popped out, Guglietti delivered a two-out RBI with a double over the head of the Pioneers' right fielder to score Palmer and trim Sacred Heart's lead to a run, 3-2. Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) followed with a hard-hit ground ball to third that was played to end the game.

Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart square-off again on Saturday, April 28 with a pair of seven-inning games set to begin at 6 p.m. at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. The Bobcats finish off their series with the Pioneers on Sunday, April 29 with a nine-inning game at 6 p.m.