April 26, 2009

Baseball Takes Final Game Of NEC Series With FDU, 8-4

TEANECK, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team came from behind to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson, 8-4, in the final game of a four-game Northeast Conference series in Teaneck, N.J. Quinnipiac won three out of four games against the Knights to improve to 6-10 in the NEC and 13-25 overall while FDU drops to 10-26 overall and 5-11 in league play. Quinnipiac's three wins in four games against FDU moves the Bobcats out of last place and into sixth place in the NEC.

Quinnipiac freshman Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) was 3-for-4 with three RBI while Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) was 3-for-5 with a homerun. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored while Ryan Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) put together his sixth multiple-hit game in his last seven outings in a 2-for-3 day. Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) drove in two runs while extending his team-best hitting streak to 11 games. Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) also extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Senior Joe Duffy (Commack, N.J.) improved to 2-6 overall after allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits over eight innings while striking out six.

Quinnipiac trailed early after Duffy was hit for three runs in the 2nd inning. Ryan Kresky and Mike Eliasen drove in runs for Fairleigh Dickinson in the inning. Quinnipiac responded with a run in the top of the 4th when Guerino‘s single with two outs scored Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) with the Bobcats' first run.

In the 5th, Quinnipiac pushed across two runs when Farina singled and Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) walked to put two runners on base. After Ullrich reached on an error by FDU's pitcher on a sacrifice bunt, Migani hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Farina. The Bobcats tied the game when Doyle flew out to right field to score Amanti.

FDU re-took the lead in the bottom half of the inning on a single by Matt Holsman that scored Jeff Vincent. Quinnipiac took the lead for good in the 6th inning when Farina singled up the middle with two outs. After a passed ball moved Farina to second base, Amanti walked. Ullrich then hit a ground ball through the right side of the infield to score Farina while Amanti moved to third. Migani then drove home Amanti and Ullrich to give Quinnipiac a 6-4 lead.

The Bobcats scored a run in the 8th and 9th innings. Doyle drove in his second run of the game in the 8th, also with two outs, before Marmo hit his fourth homerun of the season in the top of the 9th.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, April 28 when it travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on Boston College in a non-conference match-up set for 3 p.m.