NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team took the final game of its four-game Northeast Conference series against Central Connecticut State, 3-2, at the CCSU Baseball Field in New Britain, Conn. Quinnipiac won three of the four games against the Blue Devils this weekend to improve to 9-7 in conference play and 10-25 overall. Central Connecticut drops to 10-10 in the NEC and 17-15 on the year. Quinnipiac has now won eight of its last 10 NEC games, including five of its last six.
Junior Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) was 3-for-5 with an RBI double in the seventh inning that drove in Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) with the go-ahead run. Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) and Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) extended their hitting streaks against NEC competition, as Poletsky has a hit in nine straight games against NEC teams while Bartlett stands at eight. Sophomore Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 innings while giving up two runs for his first win of the year to improve to 1-3. The Quinnipiac bullpen quieted the CCSU bats as freshman Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) picked up his first career save after holding CCSU scoreless over the final 1 2/3 innings.
Quinnipiac plated a run in the top of the first when Farina singled to right field and stole second base. After Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) struck out for the second out of the inning, Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) doubled to right field to drive Farina in and give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
Central Connecticut tied the game in the bottom of the second inning when Mitch Wells homered to lead off the inning. The Bobcats regained the lead in the top of the third inning when Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) doubled to lead off the inning. After Amanti flew out, Farina and Monack followed with singles to load the bases. Bartlett scored on a fielding error by the Blue Devils' shortstop.
Cinelli was cruising after Wells' home run in the second, sitting down 12 of the next 15 batters he faced without letting a CCSU runner past second base. In the sixth, Jeff Meade led off the inning with a double to left center before Cinelli retired the next two batters. Kyle Zarotney delivered a two-out RBI with a single through the left side of the infield that scored Meade to tie the game at 2-2.
In the seventh, Amanti singled through the left side of the infield and scored the go-ahead run on a double to right-center field by Farina. In the bottom of the inning, Cinelli retired Sean Miller-Jones to start the inning before walking Sean Allaire. The walk ended Cinelli's day in favor of Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.). Rinaldi gave up a single to Anthony Scialdone before getting Pat Epps to line into a double play to end the inning.
In the eighth, Rinaldi gave up a double to Meade and a single to Wells to start the inning, putting runners on the corners. Wells moved to second on a groundball back to the mound for the first out of the game. Lamacchia then entered the game and got Zarotney to pop up to second and pinch-hitter Chris Renzoni to ground out to third to end the inning.
In the ninth, Lamacchia got Miller-Jones to ground out to second before Allaire walked and Scialdone singled to put runners on first and second. A double-play ball to short retired Scialdone as Allaire moved to third. Lamacchia then struck out Meade, with the tying run on third base, to end the game.
The Bobcats are back in action on Tuesday, April 27 when they head to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face Boston College in a non-conference match-up at 3 p.m. at Shea Field.