April 21, 2011

Migani Homers Twice As Baseball Splits NEC Doubleheader Against Wagner

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team split a Northeast Conference doubleheader against Wagner, losing the first game 8-6 in 11 innings before bouncing back with a 6-5 win in the second game, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. With the split, Quinnipiac goes to 10-12 in NEC play while Wagner moves to 9-13 in conference action.

Junior captain Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) was 4-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs to give him a team-leading five for the year. Migani also increased his season-leading RBI total to 27 after he drove in three runs for the day. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) also managed four hits for the day, splitting his total between both games for back-to-back two-hit performances. Freshman Nick Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) drove in three runs in his first two career Northeast Conference starts. The win in the second game snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Bobcats.

On the mound, Derek Lamaccia (Whitestone, N.Y.) took the unfortunate no-decision in the first game after exiting after six error-filled innings. Lamaccia gave up five runs, only two of which were earned, due to subpar fielding by the Bobcats who committed seven errors. The Bobcats' pitching stuff was otherwise dominant in the game, totaling 15 strikeouts in 11 innings. Lamaccia fanned seven Seahawks, while Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) struck out three in an inning of work. Matt Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) struck out three in two scoreless innings while Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.) and Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) each struck out a batter. Ryan Walsh took the loss after giving up the game-winning run in the top of the 11th inning.

Kane picked up his first career save in the second game, after holding Wagner to one run over the final three-innings of the Bobcats' seven-inning triumph. Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.) picked up the win in his second start of the season to improve to 2-1 after giving up four runs on five hits over four innings pitched. Farina, Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) and Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) all had two hits while Nisson and Civale both drove in two runs.

In the first game, Quinnipiac used a pair of runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Lamaccia was dealing through the first two innings, but was stung for two runs in the top of the third as Wagner tied the game, 2-2. In the bottom half of the third, Migani hit his first of two home runs of the day before Civale drove in Nisson to give Quinnipiac a 4-2 lead.

Farina drove in Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) in the fifth to give Quinnipiac a three-run lead before Wagner scored twice in the top of the sixth. After Migani blasted his second home run of the game in the bottom of the sixth to give Quinnipiac a 6-4 lead, Wagner was able to tie the game with a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth innings. In the bottom of the 10th, it looked as if Migani connected on his third homer of the day, which would have won the game, but Wagner's Nick Alfano made the catch at the wall to end the Bobcats' threat. Wagner plated a run in the top of the 11th before Quinnipiac went in order in the bottom half of the inning.

In the second game, Wagner picked up where they left off, scoring three times in a first inning that saw Quinnipiac commit two more errors. The Bobcats responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring five runs to take a two-run lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. With the bases loaded, Migani was credited with his third RBI of the day when he was hit by a pitch to force a run home. After Nisson forced home Amanti on a ground ball to short, Civale delivered a two-out, two-run single on a line drive to left-center to give Quinnipiac a 5-3 lead.

Castodio settled in over the next three innings, holding Wagner to a home run to lead off the third inning and a base hit in the fourth. Kane was dominant, allowing a run on two hits down the stretch for the three-inning save.

The Bobcats and Seahawks meet again on Friday, April 22 at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The two teams will play a seven-inning game at noon, followed by a nine-inning game schedule to begin a half hour after the conclusion of the first game.