Andy Mayer Breaks Quinnipiac Division I Wins Record As Baseball Sweeps Wagner 4-3 and 7-5
HAMDEN, Conn. Senior Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) broke the Quinnipiac Division I record for wins with his 20th career victory in a 7-5 win against Wagner on Thursday, April 9 at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Mayer improves to 3-2 on the year with the win in Game 2, while Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) goes to 3-3 with the win in the first game. With the sweep, Quinnipiac improves to 9-17 overall and 2-4 in the Northeast Conference while Wagner drops to 11-13 overall and 2-4 in NEC play. Quinnipiac has now won the last seven games against Wagner on Quinnipiac's home field.
Mayer was tied with former teammate, Pat Egan '07, for the most wins at the Division I level at Quinnipiac before the Bobcats' win on Thursday. Mayer allowed five runs on eight hits over eight innings while striking out five. It was also Mayer's second complete game of the season. He now sits in a four-way tie with Pat DeMaio '61, current Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley '71 and Dan O'Neil '86 for second place all-time at Quinnipiac with 20 wins. Tom Signore '85 holds the record for wins at Quinnipiac with 21 over his career.
Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) was 3-for-7 in the twin bill, driving in five runs while also crushing a homerun. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.), Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.), Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) and Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) all had three hits in the doubleheader.
In the first game, Gloor hurled his second complete game of the year, holding Wagner to three runs on eight hits over nine innings while walking two and striking out five to improve to 3-3 on the year. At the plate, Amanti was 3-for-3 with a RBI while Farina had two hits and two RBI, including the game-winner in the eighth.
Wagner jumped on the board first, scoring two runs off of Gloor in the third inning. Brian Martutartus doubled down the left field line with one out before advancing to third base on a fly ball to right field. Damian Csakai then singled to left field to score Martutartus with the game's first run. Jared Gruccio then singled up the middle to score Csakai and give the Seahawks a 2-0 lead heading to the bottom of the third.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Amanti led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Farina then hit a high flyball to right center field that dropped in for a hit that put runners on first and second with no outs. Migani then dropped down a sacrifice bunt that moved Amanti and Farina into scoring position at second and third, respectively. Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) attempted to drive the ball the opposite way, to right field, but hit a ground ball to first base, holding both runners on base. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) then hit a hard ground ball to first as Wagner's Kyle Morrison pitched out of the jam.
In the bottom of the sixth, Michael Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) hit Morrison's first offering of the inning to deep right field for his second homerun of the season to cut the Seahawks' lead to 2-1. Guerino then followed with a line drive to center field for a single. After Poletsky ground out to the mound to move Guerino to second base, Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) struck out for the second out of the inning. Amanti then followed with his third hit of the day to score Guerino and tie the game, 2-2. Farina followed with a line drive that dropped inside the right field line for a single, scoring Amanti from second base to give Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead.
David Rees started the bottom half of the seventh in relief of Morrison. Morrison gave up three runs on nine hits over six innings. Morrison walked two while striking out four. Rees walked Monack and gave up a high flyball to Marmo that was caught. Guerino then rifled a single to center field before Rees was relieved for Ian Karlsson.
In the top of the eighth, Vinny Avella led off the inning with a solo homerun to right field to tie the game at 3-3. Quinnipiac responded in the bottom half of the inning when Carino singled the opposite way, dropping single to left field. Pinch runner John Simone (Setauket, N.Y.) then checked into the game for Carino and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Amanti. Simone moved to third base on a wild pitch by Wagner submariner Kevin Rush. He scored on a ground ball to short by Farina to give Quinnipiac a 4-3 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning.
In the top of the ninth, Gloor walked Wagner's Seth Boyd to start the inning. Gloor then struck out Brian Martutartus looking for the first out of the inning. Gloor then got Joe Jamison to hit into double-play to end the game.
In the second game, Wagner scored the game's first run when Lucas and Boyd led off the second inning with a single and double, respectively. Chris Drechsel then ground out to second, scoring Lucas and giving Wagner a 1-0 lead. Boyd scored to give the Seahawks a 2-0 lead on a line drive by Matt Logan through the left side of the infield.
The Bobcats loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning when Guerino and Poletsky singled to start the inning and Bobak Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) walked. Amanti then hit a soft ground ball to the mound, retiring Guerino at home. On the throw to first to attempt to retire Amanti, the throw from the catcher hit Amanti in the shoulder and bounced to right field, scoring Poletsky and cutting Wagner's lead to 2-1. With Emamian on third and Amanti on second, Farina crushed his third homerun of the season to deep center field to give Quinnipiac a 4-2 lead.
Quinnipiac scored again in the bottom of the third. Monack rifled the first pitch of the inning from Wagner's Jack Rice to center field. After Marmo walked, Guerino dropped down a sacrifice bunt, moving Monack to third and Marmo to second. Poletsky then bounced a double down the third base line, scoring Monack and Marmo to give Quinnipiac a 6-2 lead before Poletsky scored on a double to right center by Emamian to give the Bobcats a five-run lead, 7-2. After Amanti walked, Farina hit into a double play to end the inning.
In the top of the fifth, Csakai and Gruccio reached on one-out singles. After Mayer struck out Avella, he gave up a single to Lucas to right center field, scoring Csakai as Wagner trimmed Quinnipiac's lead to 7-5. Mayer shut down the Wagner offense down the stretch for the win.
Quinnipiac will host Wagner on Friday, April 10 in the final two games of their four-game series with a doubleheader set for a 12 p.m. start at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.