HANOVER, N.H. - Despite a pair of homeruns by senior Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.), the Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Dartmouth, 7-6, in a non-conference game played in Hanover, N.H. Monack took the loss on the hill after giving up a run-scoring double in the bottom of the ninth inning. Quinnipiac drops to 3-19 on the year while Dartmouth improves to 10-10.
Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) connected for his first homerun of the season, and fourth of his career. Amanti was 2-for-5 with two RBI for the day while also extending his active team-leading hit streak to four games. Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) and Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) also had two hits apiece for the afternoon.
The three homeruns are the most in a game for the Bobcats since they clubbed four against Fairleigh Dickinson on April 25, 2009. In that game, Monack and Poletsky each homered twice, marking the last time two different Quinnipiac players homered in the same game. Monack becomes just the third NEC player this season, joining Bryant's Kevin Browne and Central Connecticut State's Tommy Meade, to homer twice in a game.
The Bobcats put two runs on the board in each of the first three innings as they jumped out to a 6-2 lead. In the first, Amanti led off the game with a single to center field before being retired at second on a double-play ball. After Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) reached on a fielder's choice on the play, Monack blasted a 2-2 offering from Dartmouth starter Michael Johnson. Polestky singled, before attempting to score on a double by Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.), but was thrown-out at the plate. Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) then lined out to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, Ennis Coble led off the inning with a triple to center field. Chris O'Dowd followed with a ground ball to third base that Poletsky fired across the diamond to retire O'Dowd. Guerino, the Bobcats first baseman, then turned and threw-out Coble at the plate attempting to score. Quinnipiac starter George Dummar, III (North Branford, Conn.) walked Joe Sclafani before a single by Brett Gardner put runners on first and second. Jeff Onstott doubled to left field to score both runs and tie the game at 2-2.
In the top of the second, Johnson retired the first two batters he faced before walking Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.). Amanti connected on his first homerun of the season to put Quinnipiac back out in front, 4-2. In the top of the third, Monack led off the inning with his team-leading third homerun of the year, this time going the opposite way with a drive over the left field wall. After Poletsky doubled to center on the first pitch he saw, Johnson retired Migani and Guerino. Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.), who leads the Bobcats in hitting, drove a triple to center field to score Poletsky and give Quinnipiac a four-run lead, 6-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Jim Wren walked to lead off the inning before moving to second on a dropped fly ball on a pop-up by Zack Bellenger. Jason Brooks loaded the bases on a single to center field before Jake Carlson's line drive to left field scored Wren to cut Quinnipiac's lead to three. Coble then drove home Bellenger with a sacrifice fly to left before O'Dowd cleared the bases with a homerun to tie the game at 6-6.
The homerun ended Dummar's day, after he gave up six runs, only two earned, on nine hits over 6 2/3. He was replaced in favor of Tim O'Sullivan (Upper Saddle River, N.J.). O'Sullivan pitched into the eighth inning when he was relieved by Monack. In the 9th, Monack got Gardner to fly out before walking Onstott. David Turnbull, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the previous inning, drove 3-2 offering from Monack to left center, scoring Onstott with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
The Bobcats will host Fairfield University on Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field before traveling to Fairfield's Alumni Baseball Field on Sunday, April 11 for a 1 p.m., non-conference game.