March 11, 2009

Baseball Falls To College Of Charleston, 30-10

MT. PLEASANT. S.C. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to College of Charleston, 30-10, in a game played at Patriots Point Stadium. Quinnipiac drops to 0-8 on the year while the Cougars improve to 10-2.

Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.), who despite and 0-for-4 day at the plate, made yet another highlight-reel catch in center field against College of Charleston. Monack's steal of a sure homerun against Long Island last season landed him on ESPN's SportsCenter as the Top Play and also on ESPN First Take. Against College of Charleston, Monack made a sprawling catch of a ball hit over his head after turning completely around. Monack also pitched the final two innings in relief, holding the Cougars scoreless on one hit while striking out two.

Anes Koummal (Stamford, Conn.)had a perfect day at the plate for Quinnipiac, collecting four hits in as many at-bats while also scoring and driving in a run. Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.)hit his second homerun in three games, this one a grand slam in the fifth inning. Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) was 2-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored while Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) also collected two hits. Freshman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) drove in two runs.

College of Charleston put 14 runs on the board before Quinnipiac was able to put a runner on base in the fourth inning. Quinnipiac went in order through the first two innings before Koummal singled to right field to lead off the third inning. Carino grounded into a double play for the first and second out before College of Charleston starter Nick Osterman was able to retire Monack to end the inning. The Quinnipiac bats would come alive in the fourth inning, tagging Osterman for three runs.

Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) and Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) both singled to start the inning before Doyle lined out for the first out of the inning. Marmo then singled up the middle on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring Farina, and moving to second base on an error by the Cougars' centerfielder. Senior Bobak Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) drove in Amanti from third with a single before freshman Guerino hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Marmo to cut the Cougars' lead to 14-3 heading into the home half of the inning. C of C then pushed across two more to increase its lead to 16-3 after four innings.

In the Bobcats' fifth, it was Koummal who started Quinnipiac again as the Bobcats scored seven runs in the inning. Koummal singled through the left side, followed by a single to left field by Carino. After Monack struck out, Farina walked to load the bases. Amanti hit a ground ball to second base that was misplayed by the Cougars' defense, scoring Koummal with Quinnipiac's fourth run of the game. Doyle then followed with a grand slam, clearing the bases and cutting the College of Charleston's lead to 16-8. Marmo doubled down the left field line and Emamian was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Following a wild pitch that allowed both runners to move up a base, Guerino hit a fly ball in foul territory down the left field line, deep enough to score Marmo. Koummal delivered his second hit of the inning and third of the game to score Emamian and Carino followed with another hit before Monack struck out. After 4 ½ innings of play, Quinnipiac trailed 16-10.

The Cougars' bats were not done as they tacked on another 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to push their lead to 26-10, heading into the seventh. In the bottom half of that inning, Quinnipiac allowed four more runs to close the scoring with a final of 30-10.

Quinnipiac heads to Durham, N.C. on Wednesday, March 11 to take on Duke University at Jack Coombs Field at 3 p.m.