April 3, 2013

Baseball Drops Home Opener To Dartmouth, 9-4

The Quinnipiac baseball team lost to Dartmouth, 9-4, in its 2013 home opener at Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats drop to 9-12 with the loss while Dartmouth improves to 15-3.

Quinnipiac sophomore Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a runs scored while Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) was 2-for-5 with a RBI. It was Ruditys' second multiple-hit game in his last three outings. Ruditys, Guglietti and Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) are tied for the team-lead with six multiple-hit games for the year. Dale Long (Saratong Springs, N.Y.) and Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) also had two hits apiece while Herter scored twice.

On the mound, Kevin Sustad (Merrick, N.Y.) got the start after a rain delay on Monday at UConn shortened his initial start for the week. Sustad gave up two runs over three innings, but only allowed two hits in his outing. Kyle Musco (Walpole, Mass.) was solid over three innings of relief, holding Dartmouth to one run on two hits over three innings, but took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run. Musco was lifted in favor of Kevin O'Connell who was tagged for three runs before Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) came in to slam the door. Siciliano pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings in relief, while striking out one. 

Dartmouth took an early lead, scoring twice in the top of the third inning as Adam Gauthier and Trent Goodrich both drove in runs for the Big Green. In the bottom of the third inning, Quinnipiac cut Dartmouth's lead in half when Herter drove a two-out offering to right-center field for a double. Ruditys then followed with a single to center field to score Herter as Quinnipiac moved within a run, 2-1. 

The Bobcats tied the game in the fifth when Herter reached on an error and moved into scoring position on a single by Ruditys. After the next batter was retired, Guglietti singled to center to score Herter and knot the game at 2-2.

In the sixth, Jeff Keller led off the inning with a double before moving to third on a single by Dustin Selzer. Ryan Toimil's single scored Keller to give Dartmouth a 3-2 lead. In the seventh, Dartmouth blew the game open when it struck for three runs to increase its lead to 6-2. 

In the Bobcats' half of the eighth, Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) led off the inning with a pinch-hit single to center field. With pinch-hitter Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) at the plate, Dwyer was thrown out at second attempting to steal, before Palmer followed with a single. Long's second hit in as many at-bats put runners on first and second before Herter struck-out and Ruditys flew out to end the inning.

After Dartmouth increased its lead to 9-2 with a three-run ninth, Quinnipiac got back on the board when Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) led off with pinch-hit single to right field. After Guglietti followed with a walk, Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) lined out for the first out in the inning. Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) reached on an error by the Big Green's second base man before Dwyer ground-out to second base for the second out of the inning, which forced Blumenthal in. On a passed ball, Guglietti snuck home and easily scored as the ball was thrown away at the plate. Donaghue then attempted to score on the play, but was put out to end the game. 

Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend when it hosts Sacred Heart for a four-game Northeast Conference series on Apr. 5-7.