Baseball's Mike Bartlett Scores Game-Winning Run Against Richmond As Bobcats Win, 6-5, In 10th Inning

RICHMOND, Va. - Quinnipiac senior Mike Bartlett (Orange, Conn.) scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the 10th inning to give the Bobcats a 6-5 win against the University of Richmond. The win is the Bobcats' third in their first four games, putting them at 3-1 on the season, while the Spiders drop to 4-9-2 on the season. Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) picked the win in relief.

Bartlett had a big game for the Bobcats, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored in the win. Freshman Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) was 3-for-3 for the day with two RBI. Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) took a no-decision in his second start of the year after allowing four runs - three earned - on six hits over five innings. Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out three. Cinelli was actually tagged for a run after scattering five hits over the final three innings pitched.

Quinnipiac scored in the top of the first inning when Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) and Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) led-off the game with a pair of singles. After Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) grounded into a double play, Poletsky's single up the middle scored Amanti to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead. Richmond finally got to Birdsall in the third inning, pushing across a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth, Palmer's RBI-single scored Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) to tie the game. After a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth put Richmond out in front 4-2, Quinnipiac came-back again, plating two runs in the top of the 6th to tie the game. Migani was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, before being retired at second base when Poletsky reached on a fielder's choice. Nisson was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base before Bartlett reached on a fielding error that scored Poletsky to make the score 4-3. Palmer slapped another single up the middle to score Nisson and tie the game, 4-4.

In the eighth, Bartlett led off the inning with his second hit of the day. Palmer sacrificed Bartlett over to second before Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) reached on error, allowing Bartlett to move to third. Freshman Mike Blumenthal's (Dix Hill, N.Y.) fly ball to center field proved deep enough to score Bartlett and give Quinnipiac a 5-4 lead. A pair of Richmond hits in the bottom half of the inning resulted in a game-tying run before the game ultimately went to extra innings.

In the 10th, Bartlett doubled down the right field line and then moved to third base on a passed ball, and then scored what would stand up to be the game-winning run, on a passed ball. In the bottom half of the inning, Cinelli retired the first batter he faced before giving up a double. He managed to pitch out of the jam to earn the win.

Quinnipiac and Richmond play again on Saturday, March 12 at Pitt Field in Richmond, Va. at 2 p.m.