Baseball's Comeback Bid Falls Short In 13-10 Loss To Boston College
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass The Quinnipiac University baseball team's comeback bid against Boston College fell short as the Bobcats fell to BC, 13-10, in a non-conference game in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) extended his team-, season-high hitting streak to 12 games as he posted a 3-for-4 showing against the ACC's Boston College Eagles. Doyle drove in two runs, while he scored three more. Quinnipiac drops to 13-26 overall.
Quinnipiac scored nine of their 10 runs with two outs in three separate innings, including three in the top of the 8th inning to tie the game at 10-10 before BC responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored while freshman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) drove in three runs in a 2-for-3 day. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) also collected a pair of hits.
In the top of the 1st inning, freshman Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) walked to start the game before moving to third on a single to right field by Doyle. Migani put the Bobcats on the board when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Monack.
Boston College responded with five runs off of Quinnipiac starter Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) in the bottom half of the inning. The Eagles' Robbie Anston singled and stole second base to start off the inning before he scored on a single by Andrew Lawrence. After Mickey Wiswall walked, Mike Belfiore's double scored both runners to give BC a 3-1 lead. Matt Hamlet then doubled before John Spatola hit a two-run homer to give BC a 5-1 lead.
Birdsall lasted 2 2/3 inning before he was lifted in favor of Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.). Birdsall was tagged for nine runs on eight hits. Rinaldi was effective for the Bobcats, holding the Eagles to one run on six hits over 2 1/3 before giving way to Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) who started the 6th inning. Cinelli took the loss after giving up three runs in the bottom of the 8th after pitching two shutout innings.
In the 3rd inning, Monack doubled to left center with two outs. Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) followed with a double of his own, scoring Monack from second base with the Bobcats' second run of the game. The Bobcats pulled within two runs when Marmo scored on a single through the right side of the infield by Guerino, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games, to make the score 5-3.
Boston College responded with a four-run inning to push their lead to 9-3. The Bobcats bounced back, scoring four runs in the top of the 4th. Farina singled through the left side of the infield before Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) and Ryan Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) were retired. Migani delivered with a single through the right side of the infield, moving Farina to second base. Doyle followed with a double to left center, clearing the bases as both runners came around to score. Monack then reached on an error, allowing Doyle to score. Marmo was then driven in by Guerino as Quinnipiac pulled within two runs. Boston College scored another run in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 10-7 heading into the sixth inning.
The Bobcats tied the game in the top of the 8th inning, pushing across three runs to knot it up at 10-10. Amanti started the inning with a single to center field before Ullrich and Migani were retired. With two outs, Doyle singled to right field, advancing Amanti to third base. Monack then singled through the right side of the infield, moving Doyle to third as Amanti scored easily from third. Mike Marmo was then walked to load the bases before Guerino walked, forcing home Doyle to make the score 10-9. With two strikes on Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.), a wild pitch scored Monack with the game-tying run before Poletsky went down swinging.
In the bottom of the 8th, Hamlet collected his fifth hit of the day on a double to the wall in left center field. He moved to third on a fly ball to deep right field by Spatola for the first out of the inning. Harry Darling singled up the middle scoring Hamlet with his third run of the day as Boston College took an 11-10 lead. Brad Zapenas then singled to left field, sending Darling to third. Darling scored on a ball deep in the hole at short by Anston as BC took a 12-10 lead. After BC successfully orchestrated the double-steal, moving Zapenas to third and Anston to second, Andrew Lawrence hit a deep fly ball to center field to score Zapenas as the Eagles took a three-run lead, 13-10. Quinnipiac's Farina ended the BC threat with a diving catch in left field to end the inning.
In the top of the 9th, Farina led off with a single up the middle. Amanti then hit a hard ground ball that was stopped by a diving Hamlet at second, who made the out at first base as Farina advanced to second. Ullrich followed with a ground ball to second for the second out of the inning as Farina moved to third. Migani grounded out to first to end the game.
Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend when they host in-state rival Sacred Heart University a four-game Northeast Conference series set to kick-off on Friday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m.