BROOKLYN, N.Y. The Quinnipiac University baseball team took the first meeting of its four-game Northeast Conference series against Long Island, 6-3. The loss is Long Island's 16th straight as the Bobcats improve to 9-16 in conference play and 16-33 overall. LIU drops to 9-38 overall and 5-19 in the NEC.
Quinnipiac starter Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.), in his final collegiate start, closed out his senior season at 7-4 overall while he ran his record against Northeast Conference teams to 5-1. Gloor's seven wins are the most in a single season since teammate Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) won eight games as a sophomore in 2007. Gloor's five strikeouts in the game increased his season total to 81 for the season, the most at Quinnipiac at the Division I level. Gloor also became the 16th player in Quinnipiac history to record 15 wins for his career.
At the plate, senior Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) drove in two runs while scoring another while Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) and Bobak Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) each collected a pair of hits. Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) scored twice for Quinnipiac. Todd DeFrancesco (North Haven, Conn.) hurled four scoreless innings, holding Long Island to three hits, to pick up his first save of the year.
James Jones put theBlackbirds on the board first when he walked to lead-off the bottom of the 1st inning. He moved to second when Gloor failed to pick-off the Long Island first baseman and to third when Gloor's attempted pick-off throw ended up in center field on the throw. He scored on a ground ball to short by Greg DeSantis to put LIU out in front, 1-0.
Quinnipiac evened the score in the top of the 3rd inning when Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) worked the count, fouling off consecutive pitches, to draw a walk with two outs in the inning. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) then came up with his third double in his last two games with a line drive to the left-center field gap to score Doyle from first base and knot the score at 1-1.
The Bobcats increased their lead in the top fo the 5th inning when Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) singled to start the inning and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Ullrich (Woordbridge, Conn.). Chris Migani's (Orange, Conn.) flyball to center field was deep enough for Amanti to move to third base before Doyle singled up the middle to score Amanti from third to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead. After Monack walked on four pitches, Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) hit a line drive to right field that got past the Blackbirds' right fielder for a double to score Doyle and Monack. Freshman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) picked up his second hit of the day with a single to right field to score Marmo from second base to give Quinnipiac a 5-1 lead.
Gloor pitched out of a jam in the 2nd inning before cruising through the 3rd and 4th innings. After a long break on the bench following Quinnipiac's four-run outburst in the top of the 5th, Gloor walked five batters to force home two runs as Long Island pulled to within two runs, 5-3
The inning ended the day for Gloor who gave up three runs on five hits while walking six and striking out five. He was lifted in favor of Todd DeFrancesco (North Haven, Conn.). DeFrancesco was masterful over four innings, holding LIU to three hit and no runs.
In the top of the 9th, Migani reached on a single and then moved to second base on a throwing error on the play. On the play, Migani turned at second, looked over his left shoulder and then took off for third. He beat the throw to the bag, and waited for Long Island's third baseman to throw the ball into the pitcher. Long Island's catcher, who was moving up the first base line, never made it back to the plate, allowing Migani to sneak home to give Quinnipiac a 6-3 lead.
Quinnipiac and Long Island square-off again on Friday, May 15 at 12 p.m. at KeySpan Park. The two teams close-out the 2009 season on Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m.