March 7, 2009

Baseball Falls To No. 2 Georgia, 7-0

ATHENS, Ga. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to No. 2 Georgia, 7-0, in a non-conference match-up at Foley Field in Athens, Ga. Quinnipiac goes to 0-4 on the season while Georgia improves to 10-0.

Georgia took an early lead when lead-off hitter Johnathan Taylor walked to start the bottom of the 1st. Taylor then stole second and moved over to third base when Quinnipiac catcher Mike Marmo's (Brookville, N.Y.) throw to second base sailed high. Colby May then singled through the right side of the infield, scoring Taylor to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Quinnipiac starter Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) then walked Rich Poythress before striking out Bryce Massanari and Joey Lewis to end the Georgia threat.

Gloor was cruising through three innings as he retired 10 straight batters before a two-out single in the bottom of the 4th by Georgia's Lewis. Gloor struck out five batters in the stretch.

In the top of the 5th, Gloor up a lead-off homerun to Michael Demperio to center field as Georgia took a 2-0 lead. After Levi Hyams ground out to second base, Gloor gave up a single to Taylor. Gloor then struck out Cerione for the second out of the inning, and his sixth strikeout of the game, before Taylor stole second base. He then gave up a two-run homer to May to give Georgia a 4-0 lead. Gloor struck out Poythress to end the inning. It would be the end of the big lefty's day as he allowed four runs – three earned – on five hits while striking out seven and walking two over five innings pitched.

Georgia pushed their lead to 7-0 with three runs in the seventh inning. After Taylor singled,and stole second base, Matt Cerione walked to put runners on first and second. May followed with an RBI double, scoring Taylor and sending Cerione to third base. Cerione then scored on a wild pitch by Joe Cesarini before May scored on a double by Massanari. Cesarini pitched out of the jam to end the Bulldog threat.

Georgia starter Trevor Holder was was pulled after seven innings after walking three and striking out seven. Holder held Quinnipiac hitless before leaving the game.

With one out in the top of the 9th, Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) broke up the Bulldogs' no-hitter bid with a single to left field. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) also had a single in the inning.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, March 7 when they take on Georgia in the second game of a three-game series against the Bulldogs in Athens, Ga. Saturday's game is set for a 3 p.m., while Sunday's game will be played at 2 p.m.