HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University ball team lost to Sacred Heart, 11-4, in a non-conference match-up at the QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The loss drops Quinnipiac to 16-27 overall while Sacred Heart improves to 25-24 on the year.
Tuesday's tilt marked the final game at the QU Baseball Field for long-time Bobcats' head coach Dan Gooley,who will retire following this season. Gooley coached at Quinnipiac from 1977 to 1987 before leaving to coach at the University of Hartford in 1988. Gooley coached at Hartford through the 1992 season before leaving college baseball to oversee Major League Baseball operations for the Starter Corporation, based out of New Haven, Conn. Gooley returned to Quinnipiac in 2002.
For his career, he has 530 career wins - the most of all Quinnipiac coaches in University history. 429 of those wins came over 24 years as Quinnipiac's head coach, including 234 at the NCAA Division I level.
Quinnipiac's Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run as he drove in half of Quinnipiac's run for the day. Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with a RBI double while Matthew Oestreicher (North Haven, Conn.) hit his first career home run. Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) singled in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games while Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) collected two hits in the game. Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, N.J.) took the loss for Quinnipiac after giving up seven runs on 12 hits over five innings. Matt DeRosa (Monroe, Conn.) held Sacred Heart to one run on three hits over three innings of work.
Sacred Heart put two runs across in the second inning when the first four batters of the inning strung together hits with Derick Horn and Keith Klebart each driving in runs. Quinnipiac got on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) drew a one-out walk before Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) drove him in with a double down the left field line.
In the fourth, Jayson Sulllvan blooped a single into right field but a miscue by the Bobcats' right fielder allowed him to move to third on a two-base error. Horn then followed with a deep fly ball to score Sullivan to give Sacred Heart a 3-1 lead.
In the fifth, Sacred Heart stuck for four runs as Zach Short singled home Keaton Flint before Jayson Sullivan's sacrifice fly ball scored Jesus Medina. Horn then connected for his first home run of the season, crushing a 1-and-1 offering from Lorenzetti over the right field wall to give Sacred Heart a 7-1 lead.
In the fifth, Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) drew a lead-off walk before Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) connected for his first home run of the year, blasting an offering from Josh Sostarich over the left field wall. After Civale flew out, Palladino drew a one-out walk. Matthew Batten (Shelton, Conn.) worked the count to 3-and-2 before rifling a pitch down to third base that narrowly missed being a fair ball before he singled to center field. The base hit ended Sostarich's day in favor of Robbie Maguire, who got Lou Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) and Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) to fly out to end the inning.
In the sixth, Kevin Sustad (Merrick N.Y.) entered the game in relief of Lorenzetti. Sustad last just 12 pitches as he walked the bases full. He gave way to Matt DeRosa (Monroe, Conn.) who hit the first batter he faced, Medina, with a pitch before giving up a sacrifice fly to Short as Sacred Heart took a six-run lead, 9-3.
Freshman catcher Matthew Oestreicher (North Haven, Conn.) connected for his first career home run, jumping on a 1-and-0 fastball from Sacred Heart reliever Maguire to pull Quinnipiac within five runs, 9-4. Sacred Heart added runs in the eighth and ninth innings to take a 11-4 lead.
Quinnipiac will play its final regular-season games of the 2014 season when it visits Siena for a three-game series on May 15-16 in Loudonville, N.Y. The Bobcats will then make its first postseason appearance since the 2007 season when it competes in the 2014 MAAC Baseball Championship tournament in Lakewood, N.J. on May 21-25.