HANOVER, N.H. – Generating runs by way of the long ball hadn't been incorporated into Quinnipiac's arsenal this year. That all changed however when the Bobcats took a trip to Biondi Park on Wednesday afternoon.
The QU baseball team hit four homeruns and cruised to an 11-5 victory over Dartmouth at Red Rolfe Field in Hanover. The Bobcats improved to 6-15 on the season.
Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.), Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.), Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) and Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) all homered in helping the Bobcats to their highest run total this season. The last time Quinnipiac had four homeruns in a game was back in 2009 in an 18-2 win over Fairleigh Dickinson (4/25/09). It was most homeruns in a game since Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.), Donaghue, and Guglietti each went yard against UMass last year (5/1/13).
Quinnipiac scored early and often in this one, as the Bobcats plated runs in six of the nine innings. The Bobcats jumped out in front, 1-0, when Guglietti pushed Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) around to score in the very first inning of play. Dartmouth tied the game up in the bottom half of the inning, but Quinnipiac was quick to respond when Civale muscled up for a solo shot. The Bobcats led from that point forward.
Nelson provided some breathing room in the top of the fourth inning, when he belted a three-run shot that scored Guglietti and Donaghue.
Quinnipiac ran into some trouble in the bottom of the fifth when Dartmouth used a homerun, a single and a triple to get three runs back. Head coach Dan Gooley turned to his bullpen - a decision that went a long way in securing the victory. Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.), Matthew Osieja (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) combined to allow just one run on four hits over 4 and 1/3 innings. Fabrizio was credited with his first win of the season.
The Bobcats manufactured two runs in the sixth when Donaghue came around to score on a Blumenthal single; and Nelson scampered home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.). Guglietti blasted a solo homerun in the seventh, and Donaghue broke the game open with a three-run shot in the eighth. Guglietti and Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) scored on the play.
Quinnipiac did its damage through the middle of the lineup, as hitters 4-through-7 accounted for nine RBI. Guglietti reached base in all five at-bats, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Donaghue went 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored; Civale went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored; and Nelson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI on the day.
Quinnipiac resumes MAAC play this weekend with a three-game set at Niagara University. The Bobcats and the Purple Eagles will play two games on Saturday, April 5 (12 p.m.) and another on Sunday, April 5 (1 p.m.).
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