Baseball Falls To Rhode Island, 7-3

The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Rhode Island, 7-3, in a non-conference match-up in Kingston, R.I. The Bobcats drop to 10-16 overall while Rhode Island improves to 15-16.

Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) were both 2-for-4 while Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.), Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) and Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) all drove in runs in the Quinnipiac's three-run first inning.

Freshman Kyle Musco (Walpole, Mass.) took the loss in relief of Kevin Sustad (Merrick, N.Y.). Sustad only gave up one hit, but walked six batters and hit four more in two innings as the Rams pushed across three runs. Musco went 2 2/3, giving up four runs. Kevin Castodio (Pawtacuck , Conn.) finished the game for Quinnipiac, holding URI scoreless on one hit over 3 1/3 innings. Castodio has now had consecutive scoreless outings, holding Sacred Heart and URI scoreless over his last 4 2/3 innings of work.

In the top of the first, Quinnipiac jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) and Palladino led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) drew a walk to load the bases. Ruditys scored on a Migani's ground ball in the old that put Palladino out a third. Donaghue then followed with a single through the left side of the infield to score Guglietti from second. Ryan Nelson's (Knoxville, Tenn.) ground ball back to the pitcher was the second out of the inning before Dwyer and Herter both walked, with the latter's forcing in Guglietti to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead. 

URI chipped away, putting across two in the second inning before tying the game in the third. Rhode Island's bats exploded in the fifth inning with the Rams scoring four runs on three hits. 

Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend when it travels to Smithfield, R.I. to take on Bryan in a four-game Northeast Conference series on Apr. 12-14.