EMMITSBURG, Md. The Quinnipiac University baseball team was swept by Mount St. Mary's University, 8-7 and 13-10, in its first Northeast Conference action of the season. Mount St. Mary's won both games of the doubleheader at Straw Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Md. in their final at-bats to improve to 10-10 overall and 2-0 in NEC play. Quinnipiac goes to 7-15 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
In the first game, Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) got the start for Quinnipiac, turning in his third consecutive 10-strikeout performance, totaling 11 strikeouts. Mike Oskandy relieved Gloor in the 8th and took the loss after allowing the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning. Oskandy drops to 1-3 on the season.
Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) was 4-for-5 for Quinnipiac with a double and two RBI while Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) was 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run homerun and two runs scored. Monack extends his team-best hitting streak to 12 games. Freshman Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with his first career homerun and four runs scored.
In the second game, Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) took the no-decision while Joe Duffy (Commack, N.Y.) took the loss for Quinnipiac. Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.0 was 3-for-5 with three RBI while Joe Poletsky was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three runs scored. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with two RBI while Anes Koummal (Stanford, Conn.) was 3-for-3 with two RBI.
In the first half of the twin-bill, Migani walked on four pitches the start the game before Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) flew out to center field. Monack then hit a ball to left-center field that got caught in the swirling wind at E.T. Straw Family Field and drifted over the center field fence to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead on his third homerun of the season. Monack would also score in the top of the 3rd inning on a single from Marmo to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead.
Mount St. Mary's Jacob Darr broke up Gloor's shutout bid in the 3rd inning with a homerun to right-center field. The wind, which was forecasted at being between 20 and 30 miles-per-hour all day in Emmitsburg pushed the ball over the right field fence to cut Quinnipiac's lead to 3-1.
In the 5th, Migani walked to lead off the inning before being singled home by Marmo with his third hit of the day. Marmo also drove in his second run of the game, giving Quinnipiac a 4-1 lead. The Mount responded in the bottom half of the inning when Zach Helman hit a homerun to right field. Doyle made a leap, but the ball was just out of reach to cut Quinnipiac's lead to 4-2. Mount St. Mary's scored again in the bottom of the 6th inning when Kyle Kane singled with one out before moving to third on a double by Shane Eyler. Kane was driven in by Winter to move the Mount within a run, 4-3.
In the top of the 7th, Migani led off with his first career homerun when he lifted a 2-and-1 pitch to right field, where it was caught in the wind and drifted over the fence just inside the foul pole to give Quinnipiac a 5-3 lead. Doyle then followed with a line drive to left center for a single. After Monack walked to put runners on first and second, Marmo hit a ground ball to short that retired Doyle. On the throw to first for the doubleplay attempt, the ball was in the dirt and couldn't be handled by Winter at first allowing Monack to score to give Quinnipiac a 6-3 lead.
In the bottom of the 8th, Mount St. Mary's Mike Matta doubled to left-center field and moved to third on a bouncing ball up the middle by Darr. After Darr stole second, Gloor walked Matt Staso to load the bases with no outs. Kane's sacrifice fly scored Matta and moved Darr to third with the score 6-4. Gloor then struck out Eyler for his 11th K of the day. With Winter at the plate, Staso stole second base. Gloor then walked Winter, throwing a wild pitch on ball-four to allow Darr to score and the Mount to pull within a run, 6-5. Matt Kavanaugh's RBI-single to center field scored Staso with the tying run and knocked Gloor from the game. Gloor scattered nine hits over 7 2/3, while allowing six runs (four earned) and striking out 11. Gloor was lifted in favor of Mike Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.).
Oskandy gave up a double down the right field line on the first pitch he threw to Helman, who drove in Steve Benvenuto with the go-ahead run as the Mount took a 7-6 lead. Oskandy struck out Tony Quaranta to end the Mount St. Mary threat.
In the 9th, Ben Farina (Watertown, Conn.) struck out in a pinch-hit appearance to lead off the inning before Migani lined a single to right field. Doyle then flew out to right field for the second out of the inning with Monack heading to the plate. Migani moved to second base on a wild pitch by Mount St. Mary's Brady Feigl. Monack then hit a blooper just over the glove of the Mount's shortstop to score Migani and tie the game, 7-7. Monack's RBI was his third of the day.
In the 9th, Matta walked to lead off the inning for Mount St. Mary's and moved to second on a single by Darr. Staso then loaded the bases with a single to center field. On the hit, a strong throw from Monack in center field held Matta at third. Kane then followed with a single to center field to score Matta with the winning run.
In the second game, Mount St. Mary's tagged Quinnipiac starter Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) for five runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. Fields and Darr opened the inning with back-to-back singles before a double by Staso scored Fields before Darr was picked off at first base. Kane then reached on an error, scoring Staso. Kane came around to score on a single by Eyler, who was driven in on a two-run homer by Winter to give The Mount a 5-0 lead after their first at-bats. With a pair of errors in the inning, one of the Mount's five runs in the inning was unearned.
In the top of the 2nd, Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) singled to lead off the inning and was driven home on a single by Anes Koummal (Stanford, Conn.). Migani then followed with a double to left-center field to put runners on second and third. Doyle's hit through the left side of the infield scored Koummal and Migani to trim The Mount's lead to 5-3.
In the 3rd, Marmo and Guerino led off the inning with back-to-back base hits for Poletsky. Poletsky reached on a sacrifice bunt as Mount St. Mary's attempted, but failed, to put-out Marmo at third base to load the bases. Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) then hit a towering shot to left-center field that hit the base of the wall. The relay by Mount St. Mary's held the Bobcats to one run to make the score 5-4 with bases loaded and no outs. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) lined a single to right field scoring Poletsky and Guerino to give Quinnipiac a 6-5 lead. Koummal's bloop single scored Carino to give Quinnipiac a 7-5 lead and knocked MSMU's Brett Moore from the game.
Quinnipiac's fifth run of the 3rd inning came when Doyle hit a fly ball down the right field line, scoring Amanti and moving Koummal to second base with one out. Doyle's hit was his second of the game as he drove in his third run.
The Mount tacked on a run in the bottom of the 4th when Alex Andrews drove home Helman from second base with a line drive to right field to close the Quinnipiac lead to 8-6. They would tack on a run in the bottom of the 5th on a homerun by Eyler with two outs in the inning.
Poletsky responded in the top of the 6th inning with his first homerun of the season. After Guerino walked to start the inning, Poletsky failed to get the sacrifice bunt down twice before crushing the two-strike offering to the opposite field to give Quinnipiac a 10-7 lead.
The Mount scored twice in the bottom of the 6th inning, on a double off the top of the right-center field wall by Staso that scored Fields and Darr as they cut Quinnipiac's lead to 10-9 heading into the final inning.
After Quinnipiac went 1-2-3 in the top of the inning, Mayer was relieved in favor of Joe Duffy (Commack, N.Y.). Mayer allowed nine runs seven earned on 12 hits over six innings. Duffy got Kane to pop the ball up down the right-field line, but it managed to drop in to put him on second base. He moved to third on a single to center field by Eyler. Winter hit a ground ball to short that scored Kane to tie the game, 10-10. Duffy managed to get a groundball to third for the second out of the inning. Andrews then hit a homerun down the left-field line that bounced off the foul pole for the walk-off win, 13-10.
Duffy drops to 1-4 on the season with the loss.
The Bobcats and The Mount close out their four-game series on Sunday, April 5 at 12 Noon at E.T. Straw Field in Emmitsburg, Md. Quinnipiac will also travel to Providence, R.I. on tTuesday, April 7 to square-off with Brown University at 3:30 p.m. before hosting Wagner College in a four-game series on Thursday, April 9 through Saturday, April 11.