EMMITSBURG, Md. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team defeated Mount St. Mary's, 18-8, in a Northeast Conference baseball match-up in Emmitsburg, Md. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 9-10 overall and 4-4 in the NEC while Mount St. Mary's goes to 6-16 overall and 2-6 in conference play.
Senior captain Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) was 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scores while Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) and Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) each drove in three runs. Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) was 2-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored while Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The Bobcats' bats aided freshman southpaw Justin Thomas (Enfield, Conn.) who improved to 2-0 after giving up five runs over five hits over 5 2/3. Kevin O'Connell (Glastonbury, Conn.) picked up a save after pitching the final 3 1/3. O'Connell gave up three runs, only one of which was earned.
Quinnipiac put two runs on the board in its first at-bat after Ruditys, Palladino and Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) all walked to start the game. After Migani went down swinging, Donaghue was also walked to force home Ruditys and Palmer was walked to force home Palladino to give Quinnipiac a two-run lead.
In the second, Palladino singled to score Ruditys before Migani drove in Palladino with a single. Donaghue's sacrifice fly scored Guglietti before a double by Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) and a single by Palmer also drove in a pair of runs as Quinnipiac jumped out to a 7-0 lead through two innings. In the fourth, the Bobcats increased its lead to 13-0. After Palmer led off the inning with a single, Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) doubled him home with the innings first run. Ruditys then delivered a two-run single that scored Herter and Ullrich before Palladino also singled to move Ruditys to second, and tagged-up and moved to third on a fly ball to right field by Guglietti. Migani singled to center to score Ruditys and Donaghue's sacrifice fly scored Palladino.
In the seventh, Migani and Donaghue led off the inning with a pair of singles before Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) pinch-hit for Palmer. The late-inning substitution provided the first-year Bobcat with an opportunity to get on the board, which he did in the form of a three-run homer. The blast was his first of his collegiate career and pushed Quinnipiac to a 16-5 lead. Quinnipiac scored two more in the eighth while Mount pushed three across in its final at-bat.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Monday, Apr. 1 when it travels to Storrs, Conn. to take on Connecticut at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac will then host Dartmouth on Wednesday, Apr. 3 for its 2013 home opener at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats will also host in-state rival Sacred Heart on Apr. 5-7 in a four-game Northeast Conference series.