April 17, 2009

Baseball Downs Central Connecticut State, 7-2

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team defeated Central Connecticut State University, 7-2, in a Northeast Conference game played at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The win moves Quinnipiac to 10-20 overall and 3-6 in the NEC while CCSU drops to 13-12 overall and 3-5 in conference play. Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) allowed two runs over eight innings to improve to 4-3 on the season while freshman Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) blasted a two-run homer in his final at-bat to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Migani was one of three players to drive in two runs in the game. Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) and Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) were 2-for-4 with two RBI while Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) also collected two hits.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Doyle lined a one-out, ground rule double down the right field line before Central Connecticut starter Dan Markoya walked Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) and Michael Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) to load the bases. Guerino then crushed a ground ball to second base that took a bounce and got past CCSU's second baseman for a base hit, allowing Doyle and Monack to score as Marmo advanced to third. Poletsky's ground ball up the middle scored Marmo to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Marmo reached on a single to right field with one out before Guerino struck out for the second out of the inning. Poletsky's fly ball to right field was dropped, allowing the sophomore designated hitter to reach on an error, putting runners on the corners. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) then ripped a single to center field, scoring Marmo with an unearned run to give Quinnipiac a 4-0 lead.

Central Connecticut got two runs back in the top of the 5th inning when Gloor walked Mitch Wells with two outs. Sean Allaire then lined a double to right field and moved to third when Quinnipiac's right fielder's throw was off-line, allowing Wells to score and Allaire to move to third. Casey Walko's single scored Allaire to pull the Blue Devils within two runs, 4-2, heading to the bottom of the 5th.

Quinnipiac was able to get a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Guerino picked up his second hit of the day on a line drive to right center field. He scored on a double to the left-center field gap by Poletsky, who was thrown out at third attempting to stretch the two-bagger to a triple.

With two outs, and Marmo at first base, in the 7th inning, Markoya was lifted in favor of Donny White, a left-handed reliever, to face the left-handed hitting Guerino. Markoya allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits over 6 2/3 while walking three and striking out six. White walked Guerino to bring up Poletsky, who entered the game with a team-high eight two-out RBI. White was able to get Poletsky to foul-out behind the plot to end the Bobcat threat.

In the top of the 8th, Casey Walko fouled off severall two-out fastballs from Gloor before slapping a single to right field to lead the inning off. Anthony Scialdone then ripped the first offering of the at-bat from Gloor to second base. The ball took a sharp hop, similar to Guerino's groundball to the 1st inning, allowing Scialdone to reach as Walko went to second base with no outs. Gloor then got Epps to fly out before walking Jay Schillaci to load the bases with one out. Gloor then got Richie Tri to pop up to short for the second out and then struck out Blue Devils' pinch hitter Sean Connors on three pitches to end the inning without surrending a run.

In the top of the 9th, White walked Farina to start the inning, prompting a pitching change as the Blue Devils went to Tyler Riordan out of the bullpen. White pitched 1/3 of an inning, walking two. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) dropped down a bunt, back to Riordan, who spun and threw out Farina at second. Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) then hit a ground ball to short, which retired Amanti for the second out, before beating out the throw to first base. Migani then hit a 3-balls-and-1-strike offering from Riordan the opposite way for his second homerun of the season to give Quinnipiac a 7-2 lead. The hit also extended Migani's hitting streak to 10 games, the second longest streak of the year in the Bobcats' lineup.

Joe Duffy (Commack, N.Y.) came on in relief in the top of the 8th inning for Gloor. The big lefty finished the day allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits over eight innings pitched while walking three and striking out four. Gloor's four strikeouts give him 215 for his career, the second highest total in Quinnipiac's Division I history and the fourth most all time. Gloor trails Pat Lynch '00, who holds the Bobcats DI record with 217.

The two teams resume their series on Saturday, April 18 at 12 p.m. with a pair of seven-inning games at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field. The game will be played in honor of Katie Vashon, a student-worker in the Quinnipiac Sports Information Department who passed away after a brief battle with leukemia in 2005. Katie's father, Jim Vashon, will throw out the first pitch while Katie's sororiety, Phi Sigma Sigma, will be holding a bake sale to raise money for the Katie Vashon Endowment at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Me. Quinnipiac will close out its series with Central Connecticut State on Sunday, April 19 with a nine-inning game at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field.