March 7, 2010

Baseball Falls To North Carolina State, 17-7

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to North Carolina State, 17-7, in the final game of a three-game set against the Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 0-3 overall while NC State improves to 10-1. Junior Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) drove in three of the Bobcats seven runs as part of a three-hit afternoon.

NC State posted seven runs over the first three innings, scoring twice in the 1st and 2nd before a three-run 3rd inning gave the Wolfpack a 7-0 lead. In the top of the 4th inning, Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) walked with one out before Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) singled up the middle to move Migani to second base. After a pitching change, Amanti drove home Migani with the Bobcats' first run of the game with a single to center field. After Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) flew out and Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) walked, Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) drove home Amanti and Bartlett with a two-run single. Ullrich scored on a wild pitch to make the score 7-4 heading to the bottom of the 4th inning.

While NC State scored in the bottom of the inning, as well as three more runs in the bottom of the 6th, Quinnipiac managed just four more base runners over the next four innings. On the mound, Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) was tagged for eight runs on eight hits over four innings before being lifted in favor of Tim O'Sullivan (Upper Saddle River, N.J.). Neil Mammale (Madison, Conn.) gave up one unearned run in an inning worked. Monack had a pair of hits at the plate, while also scoring a run.

In the top of the 9th, trailing 12-7, the Bobcats scored three times to move within three runs of NC State. Monack led off the inning with a double to left field before Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) and Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.), pinch-hitting for Gabe Guerino, walked to load the bases. After Carino drove-home Monack, Amanti singled up the middle, scoring Poletsky and Donovan.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Monday, March 8 when they take on Duke University in the first game of a two-game set at 3 p.m. at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C.