Baseball Loses To Holy Cross, 6-4

Photos of QU vs. Holy Cross

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Holy Cross, 6-4, in the Bobcats' home opener at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats drop to 0-12 on the season while Holy Cross improves to 4-7. Quinnipiac held a 4-1 lead heading in the seventh inning before give up five runs in the final three innings.

Quinnipiac's Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) spun a gem, scattering four hits over 6 2/3 while allowing three runs, two earned, while striking out four. Holy Cross scored on an error in the first and then put together a rally in the seventh to chase Birdsall. Birdsall gave up a hit in the first inning, and then did not allow another hit until the seventh.

Quinnipiac's top-two hitters were productive as usual as Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was 2-for-4 while Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) reached base in all four appearances, going 1-for-1 with a single and three walks. Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) was 1-for-4 with three RBI.

After Birdsall retired the first two batters of the game, Matt Perry reached on an error and Eric Oxford walked to put runners on first and second. Nick Ciardello doubled down the left field line to score Perry from second base.

In the bottom half of the inning, Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) walked to lead off the inning, followed by a pop out by Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.). Farina and Monack walked to load the bases before Poletsky reached on an error by Holy Cross' first baseman, scoring Amanti to tie the game. Farina scored on a wild pitch that bounced out in front of the plate to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead.

Birdsall and Holy Cross starter Matt Croglio were dueling from there, as both kept the bases empty for most of the middle innings. It wasn't until Quinnipiac put a rally together in the bottom of the sixth that the Bobcats were able to knock Croglio from the game.

Farina singled through the left side of the infield to start the inning before Monack turned on a Croglio pitch and sent it through the gap between first and second. On the play, Holy Cross' right fielder bobbled the ball, allowing Farina to move to third. After Monack moved to second base on a pitch in the dirt, Poletsky crushed a double down the leftfield line to score both runners and give Quinnipiac a three-run cushion, 4-1.

Holy Cross was able to put a run together in the top of the seventh when Alex Maldonado and Jack Laurendeau registered back-to-back hits with one out. Brendan McCrea sacrificed both runners over, Birdsall threw the ball away attempting to keep Maldonado close at third. With the ball going out of the play, Maldonado scored and Laurendeau moved to third where he was driven in by John Sills on a line drive up the middle. Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) came on in relief, retiring Perry to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Lamacchia walked pinch-hitter John Pedrotty with one out in the inning. Laurendeau then moved pinch-runner Chris Sintetos to third with a groud-rule double down the line in left field. After Lamacchia walked McCrea to load the bases, he was lifted in favor of Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.). Kane gave up a single to Sills that hit the chalk down the right field line, allowing Sintetos and Laurendeau to score and give Holy Cross a 5-4 lead. Perry then doubled to the right-center field gap to score McCrea. Alex Russow (Milford, Conn.) retired Oxford to end the inning.

Ryan George picked up his third save of the season after pitching a perfect ninth inning, while Chris Blanchard was credited with the win for Holy Cross.

Quinnipiac will look to get back on track on Tuesday, March 23 when it travels to West Point, N.Y. to take on the U.S. Military Academy in a non-conference game scheduled for 3 p.m. The Bobcats open Northeast Conference play next weekend when they host Mount St. Mary's for a three-day, four-game series starting on Friday, Mar. 26.