BROOKLYN, N.Y. The Quinnipiac University baseball team gave up a two-run lead late in the final game of its 2009 season in a 6-3 loss to Long Island University at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, N.Y. Quinnipiac drops to 11-17 in NEC play and 18-34 overall while Long Island snaps an 18-game losing streak to improve to 10-40 overall and 6-21 in conference play.
Quinnipiac starter Joe Duffy (Commack, N.Y.) took the hard-luck loss as the Bobcats committed three errors behind the senior pitcher, letting up three unearned runs in the loss. Duffy finishes his final season at 2-10. Duffy scattered nine hits and did not allow more than one runner on base until the 7th inning. He struck out six in the loss.
At the plate, Mike Maro (Brookville, N.Y.) and Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) both collected two hits apiece, while Ullrich drove in two runs. Senior Bobak Emamian (Cheshire, Conn.) scored twice in his final collegiate baseball game while senior John Simone (Setauket, N.Y.) had a single in his final game. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) homered in the Bobcats' loss.
Monack put the Bobcats on the board in the 1st inning. After Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) walked with one out, and was then thrown out attempting to steal second base, Monack blasted his ninth homerun of the year and second in as many games into the right-field bleachers at KeySpan Park.
Quinnipiac tacked on another run in the 2nd inning when Emamian walked with one out in the inning, followed by back-to-back singles by Mickey Amanti (Wateford, Conn.) and Ullrich. Ullrich's single up the middle scored Emamian to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Long Island struck back when Chris DeSantis drove a pitch from Duffy over the head of Ullrich in right field for a double. He scored on a single through the right side of the infield by Drew Walsh.
In the top of the 6th, Long Island starter Mark Owens gave up a lead-off single to Marmo before inducing the doubleplay ball from Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.). Emamian then reached on an error by the Blackbirds second baseman before Owens walked Amanti. Ullrich delivered with his second RBI-single of the day to score Emamian and give Quinnipiac a two-run lead, 3-1.
The hit knocked Owens from the game in favor of Andy Yawger, who started and went the distance against the Bobcats on Friday. Yawger threw 128 pitchers on Friday, before emerging from the Blackbirds' dugout for the 62nd appearance of his career, a new Long Island University record. He retired Simone to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 7th, Long Island scored four runs to take a two-run lead heading into the 8th inning. Greg DeSantis reached on a throwing error by Quinnipiac's shortstop before hitting Tyler Jones with a pitch to put two runners on base for the first time on the afternoon. Walsh then dropped a bunt down the third base line and beat out the throw for an infield single to load the bases. Derek Stupski then lined a double to the right-center field gap to score DeSantis and Jones to tie the game at 3-3. Sam Sciamarelli then lined a single to left field to score Walsh and give the Blackbirds a 4-3 lead.
Duffy bounced back, striking out the always-dangerous Jame Jones with a 3-and-2 backdoor curveball before catcher Marmo gunned-down Sciamarelli attempting to steal second for the second out of the inning. Greg Tingos then hit a ground ball to the hole between first and second base that the Bobcats' second baseman couldn't field clean, allowing Tingos to reach and Stupski to score and give Long Island a 5-3 lead. Long Island scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 8th to push its lead to three runs, 6-3.