March 14, 2009

Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Michigan State

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) earned a complete-game victory in Game 2, as the Quinnipiac University baseball team split a pair of games against Michigan State, at Fluor Field Friday afternoon. With the split, the Bobcats move to 1-10, while the Spartans are now 2-11.

Mayer (1-2) allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk. He struck out seven Spartans. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) contributed four hits on the day, while Boback Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) added three.

The Bobcats gave Mayer three runs to work with in the third inning of Game 2. Ben Farina (Watertown, Conn.) doubled with one out, before an infield single by Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) put runners on first and second. Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) then walked to load the bases. A wild pitch brought Farina to the plate before Emamian's sacrifice fly scored Migani. Monack capped the scoring with an RBI single through the right side.

After the Spartans scored an unearned run in the seventh to cut the Bobcats' advantage to 3-1, the Bobcats got the run back in the eighth. Emamian drew a lead-off walk, before being replaced by pinch-runner John Simone (Setauket, N.Y.). Simone advanced to third when Monack reached on an error by the Spartans' first baseman. Anes Koummal (Stamford, Conn.) then grounded out to second base to score Simone.

Michigan State threatened in the ninth, but could muster only one run off Mayer. Chris Roberts led off the inning with a single up the middle. After an Eric Roof fielder's choice gave the Bobcats the first out, Johnny Lee singled down the right-field line to put runners on first and second. Mayer induced a pop-out in foul territory, before Jonathan Roof singled to left field, scoring Eric Roof. Mayer then closed the door, striking out Ben Vrobel.

In Game 1, Farina got things started with a single to right centerfield on the first pitch of the day. He moved to second on an error by the Spartans' shortstop as Mickey Amanti (Watertown, Conn.) reached on a fielder's choice. Doyle then lined a single through the left side of the infield to load the bases. Mike Marmo (Brookville, Conn.) then hit a ground ball to short that retired Doyle at second but allowed the senior catcher to reach first base and Farina to score as the Bobcats took an early 1-0 lead.

Michigan State tied the game at 1-1 when Eric Roof singled to lead off the inning. He was then sacrificed over to second base by Lee. Eric Roof then stole third base and scored on a wild pitch by Quinnipiac starter Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.).

The Bobcats took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth when Amanti led off the inning with a single to left field. After Doyle and Marmo were retired, Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn) was hit by a pitch after Amanti moved to second base on an error by the Spartans' first baseman. Emamian then hit a 2-and-0 offering to left field to score Amanti and give Quinnipiac a one-run lead.

Gloor was cruising through the first four innings, allowing one run on one hit while allowing just four base runners. In the fifth, Gloor gave up a one-out double to left field by Eli Boike. Boike came around and scored on a single to center field by Roberts to tie the game at 2-2. Jonathan Roof then reached on an error by the shortstop before Eric Roof delivered a 1-and-2 double to left field, scoring Roof and Roberts to give the Spartans a 4-2 lead. Lee then singled up the middle, scoring Roof and pushing the Michigan State lead to 5-2. Lee moved to second base on a wild pitch by Gloor before the 6-3 southpaw walked Andrew Carpenter. Lee scored to push the Spartans' lead to 6-2 on an error on Bo Felt's ground ball to short.

After Michigan State struck for a run in the seventh inning to take a 7-2 lead, Quinnipiac responded in the top half of the inning. Migani singled to right center to start the inning. After Tyler Turgeon (Norwich, Conn.) struck out, Monack singled for his third hit of the day, moving Migani to second base. After Farina grounded out, both runners moved into scoring position. Amanti's groundball to the shortstop was misplayed, allowing Migani to score to cut Michigan State's lead to 7-3.

The Bobcats conclude their southern trip with a Saturday afternoon meeting with Xavier. The first pitch is scheduled for noon at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.