BROOKLYN, N.Y. Andy Mayer (Trumbull, Conn.) broke the Quinnipiac all-time record for wins with his 22nd career victory in a 4-2 win against Long Island in the first game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader in Brooklyn, N.Y. The senior right-handed pitcher, making the final appearance of his career, gave up two runs while scattering nine hits over seven innings. Mayer struck out five Blackbirds on the afternoon. Senior catcher Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) made a diving catch behind the plate for the final out of the game. Quinnipiac also took the second game of the doubleheader, 7-2, when it received its second complete game of the day, also from a senior, as Mike Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.) picked up the win on the hill. Quinnipiac improves to 11-16 in the NEC and 18-33 overall while Long Island goes to 9-40 overall and 5-21 in conference play.
"I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my career," Mayer said. "Just to go out there in your last career start, and have everyone behind you to pick you up is great. I can't believe that Mike (Marmo) made that play behind the plate he's been with me all along the way, and I'm glad he made the last out."
Mayer passes Tom Signore '85 for the record. Signore stood in first place with 21 wins. Mayer improves to 5-3 on the season. At the plate, Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) and Ben Farina (Wateford, Conn.) each collected two hits apiece, with Farina stroking an RBI triple to give Quinnipiac the lead in the 6th inning. Bobak Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) led off the inning with a triple before John Simone (Setauket, N.Y.) pinch ran for the designated hitter, scoring the go-ahead run.
Quinnipiac went on to sweep the doubleheader as Oskandy held Long Island to two runs on four hits while striking out three in the second game. Only one of the two runs was earned as the Blackbirds plated an unearned run in the first. Oskandy improves to 2-7 on the season.
Emamian and Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) each collected two hits in the second game while Emamian scored twice and Ullrich drove in two runs. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) was also 2-for-3 in the game, including a solo homerun to start a three-run 7th inning. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) drove in a pair of runs in the nightcap as well.
In the first game, Long Island starting pitcher James Jones helped his own cause at the plate in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a lead-off double over the head of Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) in center field. He scored on a line-drive single over the head of Quinnipiac short stop by Frank DiMassi to put LIU out in front, 1-0. DiMasi scored on a triple by Chris Kievit to right field.
In the top of the 5th, Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) walked to lead off the inning before Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) sacrificed them over for Monack. Monack's ground ball allowed Ullrich to score before Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) drove in Migani with the tying run with a two-out double to right field, knotting the game at 2-2.
In the top of the 5th, Bobak Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) led off the inning with a deep drive down the line at KeySpan Park. Emamian's drive bounced off the wall and caromed back towards the infield. Emamanian had a sure-double, but legged-out a triple before being lifted for John Simone (Setauket, N.Y.) as a pinch runner. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) then went the opposite way, driving an offering from Jones over the head of the Blackbirds' right fielder to score Simone easily as he ended up with a RBI triple. It ended the day for LIU's Jones, who allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings, as he was lifted in favor of Paul Lopez.
Lopez walked the first batter he faced, Ullrich, before Migani hit a ground ball to short to score Farina and give Quinnipiac a 4-2 lead.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Doyle singled to right field with one out before advancing to third on a ground-rule double by Monack down the right field line. Marmo's ground ball to short scored Doyle to give Quinnipiac an early 1-0 lead.
Long Island answered in the bottom half of the inning when Greg Tingos singled with one out. He moved to second base on a fielder error on a pick-off attempt by Quinnipiac starter Mike Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.). After DiMasi hit a ground ball to first, moving Tingos to third, he scored on an infield single by Kievit to tie the game at 1-1 after the 1st inning of play.
Emamian manufactured a run for Quinnipiac in the top of the 2nd. The senior designated hitter started the inning with a base hit before moving to second base on a wild pitch. After Farina flew out, Emamian moved to third on a ground ball by Amanti to second base. Ullrich delivered with a RBI single to center field to score Emamian and give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead.
Quinnipiac took a 4-1 lead in the top of the 6th when Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) reached on an error by Long Island's third baseman. Guerino beat a throw to second base on a bunt by Emamian before Farina dropped down a sacrifice to move Guerino to third and Emamian to second base. After Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Ullrich flew out for the second out, Migani's line drive to center scored Guerino and Emamian, both unearned, as the Bobcats took a three-run lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Greg Tingos walked before DiMasi lined a double off the left-field wall, moving Tingos to second base with the tying run at the plate in the form of Kievit. Kievit hit a high chopper between Guerino and Migani on the right side of the infield. Migani made the play with Oskandy covering first base for the second out as Tingos crossed the plate to pull LIU with two runs, 4-2.
In the top of the 7th, Monack got the run back with a towering homerun to right field. Monack's seventh homerun of the season found the bleachers past the right field wall at KeySpan Park to push QU's lead to 5-2. Marmo then followed with a double to the base of the wall in left-center field. Guerino came through with a double of his own on a line drive to left-center to score Marmo as Quinnipiac took a 6-2 lead. Ullrich's second RBI of the game scored Guerino to give the Bobcats a 7-2 lead.
Quinnipiac will close out their 2009 season on Saturday, May 16 when they complete their four-game Northeast Conference series against Long Island at KeySpan Park on Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y.