HAMDEN, Connecticut – The Quinnipiac University baseball team topped Fairfield, 2-1, in the third game of its three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series match-up at the QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Connecticut. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 17-18 overall and 10-5 in the MAAC while Fairfield drops to 8-24 overall and 4-11 in league play. In five MAAC series to date, Quinnipiac has won 2-of-3 games on each conference weekend. The Bobcats were coming off a split on Saturday against the Stags before Sunday's matinee.
John Bodenhamer (Maple Valley, Washington) was 2-for-4, but it was Ben Gibson's (Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts) sacrifice fly to score Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) in the eighth that was the difference in the game.
The game was more about the arms than the bats in this one. Freshman Robbie Hitt (Suffield, Connecticut) came-on in relief held Fairfield scoreless over 2 1/3 to improve to 3-3 on the year while sophomore Gregory Egan (Marlboro, New Jersey) struck out both batters he faced in the top of the 9th to convert his team-leading third save of the year.
Overshadowed was the effort of Bobcats starter Justin Thomas (Enfield, Connecticut) who gave up a single, unearned run in 5 2/3 innings while scattering six hits and walking one. For Fairfield, Kyle Dube also lasted 5 2/3, giving up one run on four hits. Joe Randall took the loss for the Stags to drop to 0-1 on the year.
Fairfield got on the board in the top of the first when Sebastian Salvo singled with two outs. Brendan Tracy then hit a line drive to right field that dropped in before Mac Crispino drove in Salvo with a single to left field.
In the fourth, Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) singled with one out for the Bobcats first hit. After Guglietti popped out, Batten stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Matthew Oestreicher (North Haven, Connecticut) then delivered a two-out single to left field to score Batten and tie the game at 1-1.
Thomas, the Bobcats' starter, was lifted in favor of Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, New Jersey) in the sixth inning. Despite a three-hit first inning, Thomas settled in and allowed just four baserunners the rest of the way. With a runner in scoring position, and two outs, Binkiewicz struck-out Troy Scocca looking to end the Stags' threat. Binkiewicz was replaced by Robert Hitt (Suffield, Connecticut) to start the seventh.
In the bottom of the eighth, Guglietti drew a four-pitch walk and then went to second on Oestreicher's sacrifice bunt. Fairfield's first baseman played Oestreicher's bunt and fired to second, but the throw was late. John Bodenhamer then dropped down a bunt to third to load the bases before Gibson's sacrifice fly to left scored Guglietti for the go-ahead run.
Meanwhile, Hitt slammed the door on Fairfield, holding the Stags scoreless over 2 1/3 innings, while striking out four before being replaced by Egan.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, Apr. 21 when it hosts Albany for a non-conference doubleheader, set for a 1 p.m. start at the QU Baseball Field. The Bobcats will then host Marist for a three-game MAAC series on Apr. 25-26.