HAMDEN, Conn. –A pair of eighth inning home runs by Mike Blumenthal and Scott Donaghue weren't enough as the Quinnipiac baseball team lost a non-conference game to Massachusetts, 10-8, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac drops to 10-30 overall while UMass improves to 11-25 on the season.
For Donaghue, his third home run of the year capped a 2-for-3 day that gave the sophomore infielder three RBI for the day. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) also hit a long ball as part of a 3-for-4 day that saw the big first baseman drive in three runs. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) was 3-for-4 with three runs scored while Jesse Ullrich (Amity, Conn.) also had three hits on the day.
UMass manufactured a pair of runs in the second inning before Adam Picard blasted his fourth home run of the season in the third inning to give the Minutemen a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) ripped his second hit of the game to center field. Ruditys then moved to third when a failed-pick-off attempt that ended with the second baseman throwing the ball out of play. After Steffen Herter (Amherst, Mass.) lined out to short, Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) hit a bouncing ball up the middle to score Ruditys to put the Bobcats on the board, 3-1.
In the fifth, Ron Wallace came on in relief of UMass starter Evan Mackintosh. Wallace retired Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) before Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) hit a line drive by the UMass second baseman for a base hit. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) then turned on a 2-and-2 offering from Wallace, crushing his first home run of the season over the right-center field fence to tie the game, 3-3.
In the top of the sixth, freshman Kyle Musco (Walpole, Mass.) came in to relieve Quinnipiac starter Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.), Musco got the first batter he faced to pop-up before Bryan Dionicio, in his 10th career at-bat, turned and drove an 0-and-2 offering from Musco over the left field wall to give UMass a 4-3 lead. Musco then walked Jeff Cavanaro before John Jennings hit a line drive the opposite way for a double down the right field line, scoring Cavanaro from second and giving UMass a 5-3 lead.
Kevin O'Connell (Glastonbury, Conn.) then came on in relief of Musco, retiring Nick Sanford on the first pitch, as Jennings moved to third. After O'Connell walked Cusick, who then stole second, Rich Graef hit a line drive to right center fielder that glanced off the glove of Ruditys in third, allowing both runs to score. As Graef turned and headed to third, Dwyer's relay from short center field was off-line and ended up out of play, allowing Graef to move home and give UMass an 8-3 lead.
Quinnipiac threatened in the bottom of the inning, as Ruditys placed his third hit of the day into right field before Herter sent a line drive through the left side of the infield. Ullrich then picked up his second hit of the day on a bunt out in front of the plate to load the bases before Wallace struck-out Palladino and got Dwyer to ground into an inning-ending double play. In the seventh, Migani led off with a double to the left-center field gap before Guglietti drove a double over the center fielder's head to score Migani as Quinnipiac cut into UMass' lead, 9-4.
In the bottom of the eighth, Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) pinch-hit for Bobcats' starting right fielder Mike Palladino. Blumenthal turned on a 1-and-2 offering and blasted his first career home run over the left-center field fence to make the score, 10-5. After Adam Picard got Dwyer to fly out, Migani smoked a line drive to third for a hit before going to third on a single up the middle by Guglietti. Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) then followed with his team-leading third home run of the year as the Bobcats moved within two runs of UMass' lead, 10-8.