WEST POINT, N.Y. The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to the United States Military Academy, 16-3, in a non-conference match-up in West Point, N.Y. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 3-12 overall while Army improves to 7-8.
At the plate, Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.), Tyler Turgeon (Norwich, Conn.) and Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) all collected two hits, while Amanti, Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) and Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) all drove in arun. Todd DeFrancesco (North Haven, Conn.) took the loss for the Bobcats to drop to 0-1 on the season. Quinnipiac's Anthony Cinelli pitched the final two innings in relief for Quinnipiac, holding the Black Knights scoreless on one hit.
In the bottom of the first inning, Army's Zach Price hit a dribbler past Quinnipiac starter DeFrancesco and beat out the throw to first by shortstop Amanti. Andy Ernesto then hit homered to right field to put the Black Knights out in front, 2-0. DeFrancesco then walked Clint Moore before giving up a single through the left side of the infield to Kevin McKague. After DeFrancesco struck out Joey Henshaw for the first out of the inning, he threw a wild pitch, allowing Moore and McKague to move into scoring position at second and third, respectively. Moore scored on a dropped-third strike to push Army's lead to 3-0 as Ben Koenigsfeld advanced to first. DeFrancesco struck out J.P. Polchinski for the second out of the inning before retiring Kyle Fleming to end the inning.
In the bottom of the third inning, Henshaw led off the inning with a triple to right-center field. Koenigsfeld then followed with a single to left field on the first pitch of his at-bat to score Henshaw and give the Black Knights a 4-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Amanti's RBI-single to center field scored Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) to put Quinnipiac on the board, 4-1. Poletsky walked with one out and then moved to second on an infield single by Turgeon. Amanti then drove a 2-and-1 offering to center field, scoring Poletsky from second base and advancing to second base on the throw to third.
In the bottom half of the inning, Moore doubled to right field with one out. After DeFrancesco struck out McKague, Henshaw then singled through the right side of the infield, scoring Moore and giving Army a 5-1 lead. Koenigsfeld followed with a single through the right side, scoring Henshaw to give the Black Knights a 6-1 lead.
The run knocked DeFrancesco from the game as the Bobcats turned to Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) in relief. DeFrancesco allowed six runs on nine hits while striking out six and walking four over 3 2/3. Birdsall retired the next batter to end the inning.
In the fifth, Monack singled through the left side of the infield to start the inning. He went from first to third an error by Army's shortstop on a groundball by Marmo. With runners on the corners, Army starter Steve Cummings was lifted in favor of Ryan Davis. Cummings held Quinnipiac to one run on four hits while striking out four over 4 1/3 innings pitched. Davis struck out the first batter he faced, Doyle, for the second out of the inning. Pinch-hitter Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) then lined out to end the inning.
In the top of the sixth, Tyler Turgeon (Norwich, Conn.) led off the inning with a single through the right side of the infield. Amanti then roped a single to right-center field, sending Turgeon to third base with no outs. Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) then hit a pop up behind the bag at first base that dropped in, allowing Turgeon to score as Amanti was retired at second base as the Bobcats trimmed Army's lead, 6-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Moore walked to start the inning before stealing second base. Henshaw then muscled a 2-and-2 offering off his hands through the left side of the infield, moving Moore to third base. Hoenigsfeld then drew a walk to load the bases before Birdsall walked Polchinski to force Moore home to give Army a 7-2 lead. Kyle Fleming followed with a deep, sacrifice fly to right field to score Koenigsfeld and give Army a six-run lead, 8-2. J.T. Watkins then slapped a base hit through the left side of the infield, to score Henshaw and give Army a 9-2 lead. The hit ended Birdsall's day, in favor of Joe Cesarini (Garden City, N.Y.). Birdsall allowed three runs on two hits while walking four over two innings pitched.
Cesarini gave up a single to left field on the first batter he saw on the day. Price's line drive to left field scored Polchinski to give Army a 10-2 lead. Ernesto then dropped in a hit to center field, scoring Watkins as Polchinski advanced to third. After Moore walked for the second time in the inning, to load the bases, McKague singled to left field, scoring Ernesto and Price to give Army a 13-2 lead. Henshaw made the score 16-2 with a three-run homer to deep right field.
Quinnipiac's final run came in the top of the ninth when Monack led off with a double to left-center field. He came around and scored on a single by Doyle.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, March 27 when it hosts Binghamton University in a non-conference game at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field at 3 p.m. The Bobcats will then host the University of Vermont in a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday, March 28 set for 12 p.m. in Hamden, Conn. before also hosting the University of Hartford on Sunday, March 29 at 12 p.m.