ARLINGTON, Virg. - Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) drove in a pair of runs with a triple in the top of the ninth as the Quinnipiac baseball team erased a 2-1 deficit to defeat George Washington, 4-3, at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va. The win completes the three-game sweep of the Colonials as the Bobcats open the year at 3-0 while George Washington drops to 0-9.
Trailing by a run heading into their final at-bats, Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) and Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) both walked to lead-off the inning. Blumenthal then delivered with a triple down the right field line to plate both runners and give Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead. Freshman Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) then hit a sacrifice fly ball to right field that scored Blumenthal to give the Bobcats a 4-2 lead.
Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) picked up the win after allowing three runs over eight strong innings that saw the junior right-hander scatter seven hits while striking out three. He retired the first six hitters he saw in order over the first two innings before George Washington took its first lead of the series in the third.
In the top of the sixth, Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) and Nic Civale (Windsor, Conn.) both singled to lead off the inning before Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) doubled home Ruditys to tie the game. George Washington struck again int he bottom half of the inning to re-take the lead. Fabrizio rolled through the seventh and eighth, allowing one runner to reach base. Matt Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) picked up the save after holding the Colonials hitless in their final at-bats.
For the day, Ruditys was 2-for-5 with a run scored while Migani drove in his first run of the season. Herter was 1-for-3 in the game as he opens the year with four hits in his first three collegiate games.
Quinnipiac will head South again next weekend as they play as they play seven games against several mid-Atlantic teams during its Spring Break. The Bobcats will play a three-game series at Richmond on Mar. 8-10, followed by games at North Carolina State on Mar. 12 and Duke on Mar. 13. They wrap-up their trip against Akron on Mar. 15-16 at Coastal Carolina's Vrooman Field at Watson Stadium in Conway, S.C.