February 28, 2009

Baseball Swept By University of Maryland, 10-2 and 7-1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team was swept by the University of Maryland, 10-2 and 7-1, in a doubleheader at Shipley Field in College Park, Md. The Bobcats open the season at 0-3 while Maryland improves to 4-4 with the three-game sweep.

Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) took the loss for Quinnipiac in the first after allowing three runs on five hits over five innings pitched. Senior Bobak Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) had three hits and a run scored while sophomore Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) had a pair of hits and a stolen base.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Quinnipiac jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) led off the inning with a single on a 2-and-2 offering from Maryland's Scott Swinson. Emamian followed with a single to left field, moving Doyle to second base. After Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) walked to load the bases, Tyler Turgeon (Norwich, Conn.) hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Doyle to give the Bobcats the early lead.

Maryland tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Mayer walked Gerry Spessard to start the inning. Tyler Bennett followed with a double to left center, scoring Spessard from first base. Mayer gave up two more runs in the bottom of the 5th ending his day as Quinnipiac trailed 3-1. Mayer scattered five hits over five innings while striking out four. Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) relieved Mayer, allowing six runs – five earned – on three hits before leaving the game after a 1/3 of an inning. Junior Joe Cesarini (Garden City, N.Y.) came on in relief, retiring the final two batters of the inning as Quinnipiac ended the 6th down 9-1.

In the 7th, Cesarini retired the first two batters he faced before giving up back-to-back hits to Spessard and Bennett. He was then able to get Alfredo Rodriguez to fly out to right field to end the threat. In the 8th, A.J. Casario doubled down the left field line to start the inning and then moved to third when David Poutier flyed out to right. Casario would score to increase the Terrapins lead to 10-1 on a ground out by David Welch. Cesarini retired Mike Rozak to end the inning.

In the top of the 9th, Doyle struck out to start the inning before Emamian picked up his third hit of the day on a single to right field. Poletsky drew a walk to move Emamian into scoring position, putting runners on first and second base. After Turgeon flew out for the second out of the inning, Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) pinch hit for Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.). Nisson reached on a field error by Maryland's third baseman to load the bases with two outs. Emamian then scored on a wild pitch, as Poletsky and Nisson both advanced a base. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) then flew out to right field to end the game.

In the second game, Mike Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.) scattered eight hits over seven in the first game, allowing five runs, one earned, while striking out three. Freshman Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) pitched the 8th inning, allowing two runs on three hits.

The Bobcats were held to just four hits in the loss as freshman starter Matt Fullerton allowed one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings worked. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.), Mike Marmo (Brookville, Conn.), Doyle and Turgeon all had hits, while Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) drove in Turgeon with the Bobcats only run.

Quinnipiac returns to action when they head to Athens, Ga. to square off against 2008 NCAA College World Series runner-up University of Georgia in a three-game series set for Mar. 6-8.