Baseball's Comeback Bid Falls Short In 8-6 Loss To Fairfield

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Fairfield University, 8-6, in a non-conference game at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The loss drops the Bobcats to 6-13 overall while Fairfield improves to 11-9.

Quinnipiac freshman Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) was 3-for-5 with an RBI while Tyler Turgeon (Norwich, Conn.) drove in two runs. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.), Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) and Anes Koummal (Stamford, Conn.) all drove in a run in the loss. Todd DeFrancesco (North Haven, Conn.) took the loss for Quinnipiac to drop to 0-2 on the season. Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) and Mike Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.) combined to hold the Stags to one run on three hits over the final six innings of play.

For Fairfield, Matt Tiagwad was 3-for-4 with a homerun and three RBI. Tucker Nathans was also 3-for-4, with two runs scored, while Ryan Furbeck was 2-for-4 with a homerun, two RBI and two runs scored. Sam Robertson picked up the win for Fairfield to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Fairfield took an early lead when lead-off hitter Furbeck hit a towering fly ball to right-center field that dropped in for a double. Bill Rafferty then followed with a single down the left-field line that scored Furbeck from second base to give the Stags and early 1-0 lead. Nathans then slapped a double down the right-field line as Rafferty moved to third base to put two runners in scoring position for Fairfield with no outs. Tiagwad followed with a single through the left side of the infield to score Rafferty and give the Stags a 2-0 lead. Mike Joyce then flew out to center field, scoring Nathans with a sacrifice fly as Fairfield took a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second inning, Michael Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) led off the inning with a double down the left-field line on the first pitch of the inning by Robertson. Carino then threw his bat at a pitch over the outside corner of the plate, dropping the ball just inside the third base bag, scoring Marmo from second and moving to second with a double to cut into the Stags' lead, 3-1.

In the top of the third, Nathans singled for his second hit in as many at-bats before Tiagwag followed with a two-run homerun to left field to give Fairfield a 5-1 lead. Fairfield would tack on two more runs in the fourth inning on a homerun by Furbeck to give Fairfield a 7-1 lead. The homerun ended Quinnipiac DeFrancesco's after he allowed seven runs on nine hits over three innings. He was relieved in favor of Cinelli. Fairfield scored once more in the inning to head to the bottom half of the inning with an 8-1 lead.

The Bobcats pushed a run across in the bottom half of the inning when Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) crushed a Roberston offering to right field that landed at the base of the wall for a double. Turgeon then delivered with a two-out single on a line drive to center field, scoring Poletsky from second base to cut into the Stags' lead. 8-2.

In the sixth, left-handed hitting Monack then hit a deep fly the opposite way than cleared the left field wall for his second homerun of the season. After Marmo reached on an error by the shortstop, Carino was walked to put runners on first and second. Poletsky then hit a high chopper to short that he was retired on as Marmo and Carino moved into scoring position. It ended the day for Fairfield's Robertson who allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out seven over 5 1/3. Marmo would score on a sacrifice fly by Turgeon as the Bobcats moved within four runs, 8-4, through six innings.

In the bottom of the ninth, Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.), who entered the game for Turgeon at first, lined a single to the left-center field gap with one out. John Simone (Setauket, N.Y.) then entered the game as a pinch runner and scored from first on a two-out double by Anes Koummal (Stamford, Conn.) to cut the Stags' lead to 8-5. Koummal came around to score on a single by Migani through the left side of the infield, to make the score 8-6, who advanced to second on the throw to the plate. The hit knocked Rick Piccirillo from the game in favor of Justin Servino. Piccirillo allowed two runs on three hits over 3 1/3. Servino retired the only batter he faced to pick up his fifth save of the season.

The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, April 1 when they head to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale University at Yale Field at 3 p.m. The Bobcats will then travel to Emmitsburg, Md. this weekend to square off against Mount St. Mary's in a four-game series.