March 26, 2011

Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader At Mount St. Mary's

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Senior Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) became the seventh player in Quinnipiac history to record 200-career hits as the Quinnipiac University baseball team swept its first doubleheader of the weekend at Mount St. Mary's on Friday, March 25. The Bobcats won, 7-4, in its first contest and posted a 4-1 victory against the Mount in game two.

In the first outing, Quinnipiac was led by Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.), Farina and Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.), who each contributed two hits against the Mount. In addition, Farina drove in a team-high three runs. Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) won his second game of the 2011 season as he pitched six innings for the Bobcats. Birdsall held the Mount to four runs on six hits. Quinnipiac's Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) struck out three batters and didn't allow a hit across three scoreless innings to pick up his second save of the year.

The Bobcats scored a run in the top of the first inning. Amanti led off with a double to center field. Farina reached first on an error by the Mount's third baseman, followed by Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.), who reached on a fielder's choice. Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) hit a SAC fly, allowing Amanti to put the Bobcats on the scoreboard, 1-0.

Both teams went on to score four runs in the fourth inning. Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) and Nisson both singled to start off the fourth. Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) and Gabe Guarino (Milford, Conn.) each walked, loading the bases and allowing Bartlett to score the first run of the inning. After Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) reached on a fielder's choice, Amanti singled through the left side, driving in Palmer. Quinnipiac's next two runs were scored by Blumenthal and Guerino on a Farina single to left field.

Quinnipiac increased their lead by three runs, 7-4, after scoring two runs in the top of the sixth. Farina hit his 200th-career hit on a single to the pitcher, which drove in Guerino. The Bobcats' final run was scored by Blumenthal on a fielder's choice.

Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) recorded his third win of the year as the Bobcats defeated the Mount, 4-1, in the second game of the day. Lamacchia pitched a complete game, only allowing one run and four hits. He also struck out four Mount St. Mary's batters.

Poletsky, the Bobcats' third baseman, led the team as he went 3-4 with a run scored in game two, while Bartlett drove in two of Quinnipiac's four runs.

Quinnipiac scored its first two games in the top of the fourth inning. After Migani led off with a walk, he advanced to third on a Poletsky single down the left-field line. Migani went on to score the game's first run as Bartlett singled to right field. The Bobcats held a two-run advantage when Nisson hit a SAC fly to drive in Poletsky. The score read 2-1 entering the fifth inning, as Mount St. Mary's scored a run in the bottom of the fourth.

Quinnipiac's Blumenthal tripled to center field to lead off the fifth inning. He then scored on a Migani double down the left field line with two outs. The Bobcats also added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Bartlett drove in Amanti on a single to center field.

The Bobcats return to action when they play in another doubleheader against Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, March 26 starting at noon.