Baseball Downs Yale, 5-3

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) hit his first career homerun as part of a 3-for-3 showing in Quinnipiac's 5-3 win against Yale University in a non-conference match-up at Yale Field in New Haven, Conn. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 7-13 on the year while Yale drops to 6-10. Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) picked up the win for Quinnipiac to improve to 1-1 while outfielder Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) pitched a scoreless ninth for his first career save.

In the top of the first, Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) reached on a base hit to right field before moving to second base on a wild pitch. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) appeared to line-out to third, with Amanti being thrown out at second base. After an umpire's conference, it was determined that catcher's interference occurred on the play, putting runners on first and second with one out instead of the inning being over. After Michael Marmo (Brookville, Conn.) walked to load the bases, Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) singled through the left side of the infield to score Amanti and put the Bobcats on the board, 1-0. Joe Poletsky's (Riverside, Conn.) then hit a ground ball to first base that scored Monack. The throw from the first baseman to second was offline, scoring Marmo to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead with one out. Doyle singled to the shortstop, but Guerino was called out on the play when he interfered with the shortstop. Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) then roped an RBI single to center field to score Poletsky to push Quinnipiac's lead to 4-0.

Yale responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning when Stefan Schropp singled to right-center field with one out. After Andy Megee reached on a fielder's choice, in which Schropp also advanced to second, both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Trygg Larsson-Danforth hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Megee and cut into the Bobcats' lead, 4-1.

In the top of the third inning, Guerino hit his first career homerun, a high, towering shot to right field, to give Quinnipiac a 5-1 lead. The hit was Guerino's second of the day, and also his second RBI.

Yale tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Schropp walked to start the inning. Schropp scored on a wild pitch by Birdsall to move within three runs, 5-2. After Birdsall walked the bases full with two outs, he was lifted in favor of Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.). Birdsall allowed two runs on six hits over 4 2/3. Rinaldi struck out Andrew Moore to end the Bulldogs' threat.

In the top of the sixth, Yale's Vinny Lally walked Doyle and Carino to start the inning before hitting Anes Koummal (Stamford, Conn.) with a pitch to load the bases. Robert Gruber came on relief, getting his groundball from Chris Migani for the double-play, third to home to first. He then got Amanti to ground out to second as Yale escaped the inning without giving up a run.

In the bottom of the eighth, Matt Schmidt led off the inning with a double to right field that landed just past the out-stretched glove of a diving Doyle. Schmidt moved to third and then scored on back-to-back wild pitches from Rinaldi as Yale trimmed the Bobcat lead to 5-3.

Monack extended his team-best hitting streak to 11 games with a double in the top of the ninth inning. After Marmo ground out on a ball back to the mound, Guerino was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second base for Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.), who entered the game as a defensive replacement for Poletsky. Ullrich was retired on a chopper up the middle as Monack and Guerino moved into scoring position at second and third. Schultz was able to retire Doyle to end the Quinnipiac threat.

Rinaldi held Yale to just one run over 3 1/3 while scattering two hits and striking out four. After the eighth, Monack came on to pitch the ninth inning and gave up a hit to the first batter he faced, Megee. Megee slapped a line drive to right field to start the Yale rally. Monack then struck out the Bulldogs' clean-up hitter, Larsson-Danforth for the first out of the inning. He then forced a double play to end the game and convert on the save.

The Bobcats open their 2009 Northeast Conference schedule against Mount St. Mary's in a four-game series in Emmittsburg, Md. The Bobcats play the Mount at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 3 in a nine-inning before they play two on Saturday, April 4 at 12 p.m. They close out their series on Sunday, April 5 at 1 p.m.