March 7, 2009

Baseball Loses To Georgia, 19-6

ATHENS, Ga. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to the University of Georgia, 19-6, in a non-conference game in Athens, Ga. The Bobcats trailed 19-1 heading into their final at-bats before striking for five runs in the final frame. John Simone (Setauket, N.Y.) hit a three-run homer in the 9th in his first at-bat of the season.

The Georgia offense chased Quinnipiac starter Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) after 4 2/3 innings, tagging the senior hurler for 10 runs on eight hits. Mayer walked five and struck out four. Quinnipiac's Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits before giving way to Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.). Cinelli gave up three runs on three hits in an inning pitched before being lifted in favor of freshman Tim O'Sullivan (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) in his first career appearance. O'Sullivan gave up four runs in an 1/3 of an inning pitched before sophomore Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) came on in relief. Rinaldi retired the only two batters he faced.

Quinnipiac's first run of the game came in the top of the 4th. Sophomore Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) reached on an error by the Bulldogs' right fielder, advancing to second base on the play. Amanti then moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored when Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) grounded out to short.

In the 9th, freshman Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) doubled to right-center field to start the inning. After Anes Koummal (Stamford, Conn.) and Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) both struck out. Freshman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) then hit a pinch-hit single to right field, scoring Migani with two outs. Bobak Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) reached on an error by the third baseman, putting Guerino on second base. He would score on a single by Tyler Turgeon (Norwich, Conn.) to right field. After Emamian went to third on the play, Simone then poked his first career homerun to cap the Bobcats' scoring.

Quinnipiac closes out their three-game series with nationally ranked No. 2 Georgia on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Foley Field in Athens, Ga.