The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost the fourth and final game of its series at Navy, 8-4, in Annapolis, Md. With the loss, Quinnipiac goes to 2-12 on the year while Navy improves to 9-9 overall.
Sophomore Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) was 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored while freshman Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) had two RBI in the game. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) also drove in a run for the Bobcats while Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) both scored runs for Quinnipiac. Freshman Gregory Egan (Seldon, N.Y.) took the loss to drop to 0-3 to start his Quinnipiac career after giving up five runs on six hits over three innings.
Navy used a two run first inning to take an early lead as Brandon Beans and Jack Keller both drove in the Midshipmen's first runs of the game. Quinnipiac took a 3-2 lead in the third inning after Blumenthal walked to lead off the inning before Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) singled to center field to move Blumenthal to third base. Batten's ground ball to second base scored Blumenthal before Iannotti then drove in Ruditys with a single to right field to tie the game at 2-2. Guglietti then singled to right field to score Iannotti and give the Bobcats a one-run lead. Navy tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on a Drew Hayes' sacrifice flyball.
Navy piled on four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Egan walked the first two batters he faced in the inning before being lifted in favor of Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, N.J.). Lorenzetti struck out the first batter he faced before walking Brian Borosak to load the bases. He then hit Travis Blue with a pitch to push the first run across before Kash Manzilli drove in one run with a base hit followed by single by Hayes to score two more runs.
In the seventh, Palladino struck out swinging, but reached base on a dropped third strike before moving to second on a balk. Ruditys then dropped down a sacrifice bunt to get Palladino to third before Batten singled through the right side of the infield to score Palladino and pull Quinnipiac within three runs.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it travels to Bronx, N.Y. on Tuesday, Mar. 18 for a non-conference match-up at Fordham. The Bobcats will then host Sacred Heart on Thursday, Mar. 20 at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac will open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on Mar. 21-22 when it hosts Manhattan for a three-game series at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.