May 9, 2009

Baseball Swept By Monmouth, 16-1 And 7-3

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader against Monmouth University, 16-1 and 7-3. The Bobcats drop to 15-32 overall and 8-16 in the Northeast Conference. Monmouth improves to 27-20 overall and 14-8 in conference play.

Freshman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a single in both games of the doubleheader. Guerino's streak is the team's longest this since, and the longest streak since Ryan Rizzo '07 hit in 18 straight to open the 2007 season. Guerino's hit in the first game came in his first at-bat of the day, while his hit in the second game came in his final at-bat.

Michael Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.) took the loss in the first game, while Joe Duffy (Commack, N.Y.) took the loss in the second. Duffy had a strong outing, holding Monmouth to six hits and five runs. Three of the five runs were unearned. Senior Bobak Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) scored two runs for the day, including Quinnipiac's only run in the first game. He drove in Michael Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) in the second game to put Quinnipiac on the board before scoring on Ben Farina's (Waterford, Conn.) triple to center field.

Monmouth starting pitcher Ryan Buch threw a gem for the Hawks in the first game, holding Quinnipiac scoreless over six innings. Buch gave up just three hits in the game while striking out eight. He improves to 7-3 on the year.

Oskandy allowed the lead-off runner to reach in the first two innings before pitching out of both jams. In the 3rd, Oskandy walked Bobby Dombroski, Josh Boyd and Brett Holland to start the inning. A wild pitch allowed Dombroski to score to give Monmouth a 1-0 lead as Holland and Terry also moved up a base. After Chris Migani (Orange,Conn.) made a diving catch on a line drive by Terry Ryan, Nick Pulsonetti hit a three-run homer to deep centerfield to give Monmouth a 4-0 lead.

Following the homerun, Oskandy hit Chris Collazo and Paul Bottigliero with a pitch to put runners on first and second. After he struck out Jamie Rosenkranz, he gave up a first-pitch grand slam to Dombroski to give Monmouth an 8-0 lead. It ended the day for Oskandy who allowed eight runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Todd DeFrancesco (North Haven, Conn.) made his second appearance in as many days to relieve Oskandy.

In the 4th inning, DeFrancesco walked Terry to start the inning before getting Pulsonetti to pop-up to first. Terry scored from first base on a double by Collazo to right field. Rosenkranz then hit a ground ball through the left side of the infield to score Collazo as Monmouth took a 10-0 lead through the top of the 4th. Monmouth plated three more runs in the top of the 5th and the 7th innings to take a 16-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Emamian singled to lead off the inning. He moved to second on a ground ball and then to third on a wild pitch. He scored on Mickey Amanti's (Waterford, Conn.) ground ball to short to put Quinnipiac on the board in their last at-bats.

In the second game, four Quinnipiac errors resulted in three unearned runs over eight innings. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Marmo started the Bobcats' rally with a walk with one out in the inning. On Guerino's single to right field, Marmo moved to third base and scored on a ground ball to short by Emamian. Farina then hit a towering shot over Monmouth's centerfielder's head for a triple. He scored on a balk by Hawks' reliever Steve Sanguiliano to move Quinnipiac within two runs at 5-3 heading to the final inning. Keeping with Quinnipiac's current trend that has seen the Bobcats score 101 of their 245 runs with two outs in the inning, all three runs came with two outs.

Pulsonetti responded to the Quinnipiac rally with a two-run homer to left field in the top of the 9th. Holland singled to start the inning before he moved to second on a bunt by Terry. Quinnipiac left fielder, Farina, chased down Pulsonetti's second homerun of the day and managed to get a glove on it, but couldn't make the catch as he flipped over the wall.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, May 11 when it travels to Amherst, Mass. to take on the University of Massachusetts in a non-conference game set for a 3 p.m. start. The Bobcats then round out their Northeast Conference Regular-Season schedule next weekend when they travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. to take on Long Island University.