The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Duke, 16-5, in a non-conference match-up at Jack Coombs Field in Durham, N.C. Quinnipiac drops to 1-9 on the season while Duke improves to 9-7.
The Bobcats were limited to five hits for the day, highlighted by Nic Civale's (East Windsor, Conn.) two-run double in the third inning. Freshman Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) had an RBI triple and also scored a run for Quinnipiac. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.), Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) and Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) all collected hits with Blumenthal driving in a run.
Quinnipiac used a run in the top of the first inning when Guglietti's single up the middle put Iannotti in motion. The first-year Bobcat scored on an error by Duke's catcher to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. Duke responded with five runs in the first and one in the second to take a 6-1 lead.
In the top of the third, Batten drove Rob Pescitelli (Bay Shore, N.Y.) in with a triple for the Bobcats' second run before Civale drove in Guglietti and Batten as the Bobcats edged closer, 6-4. The bottom half of the third was Quinnipiac's undoing as the Blue Devils struck for six runs to take a 12-4 lead. Two more Duke runs in the bottom of the fourth gave the home team a 14-4 lead before a two-run seventh pushed Duke's lead to 16-4.
In the top of the ninth, Quinnipiac freshman Nicholas Arcabascio (Brooklyn, N.Y.) entered the game to pinch hit for Civale and drew a walk. After moving to second on a wild pitch, the next two Quinnipiac batters were retired. Blumenthal then delived a RBI-single up the middle to plate Arcabascio with the game's final run.
On the mound, freshman Gregory Egan (Seldon, N.Y.) took the loss after giving up five runs in the first without recording an out. Joseph Scaglione (Wyckoff, N.J.) came on in relief, giving up seven runs over 2 2/3 before being lifted in favor of Kevin Sustad (Merrick, N.Y.), who was tagged for four runs on five hits over four innings of work. Ryan Verdi (Wallingford, Conn.) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, scattering two hits while holding Duke scoreless.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Wednesday, Mar. 12 when it faces High Point University at 4 p.m.