EMMITSBURG, Md. The Quinnipiac University baseball team was swept by Mount St. Mary's, 11-2 and 8-4, in a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Straw Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Md. Mount St. Mary's took all four games of the series to open their conference schedule at 4-0 while they also improve to 12-10 overall. Quinnipiac drops to 7-17 overall and 0-4 in NEC play.
In the first game, Mike Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.) took his second loss in as many days after allowing seven runs over the first two innings. Oskandy faced 11 batters, including two in the bottom of the 2nd without getting an out. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with a two-run homerun for Quinnipiac in the loss.
In the second game, Joe Duffy (Commack, N.Y.) also took his second loss of the series after allowing eight runs (five earned) over five innings pitched. Eight different Bobcats recorded hits while Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) drove in two runs and Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) drove in one.
In the first game, Oskandy gave up back-to-back hits to Buddy Fields and Jacob Darr to start the bottom of the 1st inning. After Matt Staso flew out to second, Kyle Kane lined a double to the base of the wall in left-center field to score Fields and Darr to give The Mount a 2-0 lead. Shane Eyler then hit a two-run homerun off the scoreboard in right-center field to give Mount St. Mary's a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning. After Josh Winter stroked The Mount's fifth hit of the inning with a bloopsingle to right field, Joe Kavanaugh singled through the right side of the infield, sending Winters to third base with one out. Winters scored on a ground ball to short that retired Kavanaugh at second, but an errant throw allowed Alex Andrews to move to second base as The Mount took a 5-0 lead.
After Oskandy allowed a double to Fields and then hit Darr with a pitch, he was relieved by freshman Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.). Oskandy's day ended after allowing seven runs on seven hits after facing 11 batters.
Cinelli got a groundball from the first batter he faced, Staso, but it took a bad hop when it got to Quinnipiac's Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) at short, allowing Staso to reach and load the bases. Kane's sacrifice fly allowed Fields to score as Darr went to third. Eyler then followed with a line drive over the head of Quinnipiac's Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) in center field, scoring Darr and Staso as The Mount took an 8-0 lead.
Kavanaugh then rifled a line drive to left center that appeared to be out of the reach of Bobcats' center fielder Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.). Farina made an acrobatic catch, diving to his left and snagging the ball out of the air to end the inning.
In the 4th, Cinelli walked Kane before Eyler hit his second homerun of the day, a high, fly ball to deep center field that cleared the outfield wall as Mount St. Mary's took a 10-0 lead in the 4th. The Mount tacked on another run in the bottom of the 5th to take an 11-0 lead.
In the top of the 7th, Bobak Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) snapped an 0-18 slump with a single to center field. After Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) was retired, Farina blasted his second homerun of the season with a shot over the right field fence to cut into The Mount's lead, 11-2. The homerun knocked Mount St. Mary's starter Brady Feigl from the game. Feigl allowed two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings pitched while walking one and striking out five. Feigl was lifted for Colin Stuver. Feigl was credited with the win to improve to 2-0.
In the second game, The Mount's Kane and Eyler hit back-to-back homeruns to give Mount St. Mary's a 2-0 lead. After the second homerun, Eylers third of the day and fourth of the series, Quinnipiac starter Joe Duffy (Commack, N.Y.) hit Josh Winters with a pitch, prompting home plate umpire Jim Clayton to warn both benches against future retaliations by either side. Duffy retired Staso before getting Kavanaugh to hit a ground ball to first base that retired Winter at second. Duffy then got Zach Helman to ground out to first base to end the inning.
In the 3rd, Flynn and Darr both singled to reach base before Kane hit a ground ball to third base. Doyle went to second with the ground ball, but it was misplayed by Amanti at second, to load the bases. Duffy then walked Eyler to force home Flynn as The Mount took a 3-0 lead. Winter then singled down the left field line to score Darr and Kane as he moved to second on the throw to third. Kavanagh then doubled off the wall in center field to score two runs as the Mountaineers took a 7-0 lead through three innings.
In the top of the 6th, Migani led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Doyle then followed with a deep fly ball that bounced off the wall for a double, moving Migani to third base. Monack then ripped a single to right field, scoring Migani and Doyle to cut into the Mountaineers lead, 8-2. The three straight hits by the Bobcats knocked Mount St. Mary's starter Kent Worthington out of the game as Mike Matta came on in relief. Worthington gave up two runs on six hits over five innings while walking one and striking out one. Matta got Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) to ground back to the mound, where Matta turned the double play, pitcher to shortstop to first for the first two outs of the inning. Matta then retired Guerino to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the 6th, Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) relieved Duffy, who allowed eight runs (five earned) on eight hits over five innings pitched. Rinaldi pitched two scoreless innings, holding the Mount to one hit before being relieved by Todd DeFrancesco (North Haven, Conn.) for the 9th inning.
In the 9th, Marmo singled to left center with one out and moved to second base on a ground ball to third base. After Tyler Turgeon (Norwich, Conn.) ground out for the second out of the inning, Marmo scored on an error by MSMU's shortstop on a throw to first, which also allowed Poletsky to reach base. Poletsky was driven home with a double to left field by Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) to make the score 8-4 before Anes Koummal (Stamford, Conn.) grounded out to end the game.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, April 7 when it travels to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown University in a non-conference match-up set for 3 p.m. The Bobcats will then host Wagner on Thursday, April 9 at 3 p.m.; Friday, April 10 in a 12 p.m. doubleheader and Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m.