CARY, N.C. - Quinnipiac baseball sophomore Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) was 4-for-4 in a 10-3 loss to Duke in a non-conference match-up played at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C. Quinnipiac is now 0-4 while Duke improves to 8-3. The Bobcats out-hit the Blue Devils, 10 hits to nine. Of the 10 runs that Duke scored, only three were earned.
Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) was 2-for-4 while scoring two of Quinnipiac's three runs. Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) was 1-for-4 with an RBI while Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) had two hits in the game.
Poletsky led off the second inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Poletsky opened the season with five hits in his first eight at-bats against North Carolina State. He was 2-for-4 against the Blue Devils on Monday afternoon, while also scoring two of Quinnipiac's three runs. Guerino lined a single up the middle for his first hit of the day, moving Poletsky to third base. Freshman Ray Buckley (Fairfield, Conn.), who drove in two runs with a single in his first collegiate at-bat in the Bobcats' season-opener, hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Poletsky and give Quinnipiac the early, 1-0 lead.
Duke answered in the bottom half of the inning, pushing across four runs to take a 4-1 lead. Quinnipiac pulled to within a run in the fourth inning. Poletsky started the rally again with a single the opposite way to right field. Guerino followed suit with a single to right, moving Poletsky to third base. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) then flew out to left field to score Poletsky and cut the Duke lead to 4-2. After Guerino moved to second base on a wild pitch, he advanced to third on a groud-out to short by Buckley. Ullrich then delivered his first hit of the season, snapping an 0-for-15 skid to open the year. Ullrich singled through the left side, scoring Guerino to pull Quinnipiac within a run, 4-3.
Quinnipiac starter Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) lasted six innings, scattering five hits and walking one. Cinelli gave up five runs in the game, three of which were earned, that would have given Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead before departing had the two runs - in the second and the sixth - not crossed the plate. Freshman Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) came on in relief, allowing five runs - all unearned - on four hits over the final two innings.
The Bobcats finish its two-game series against Duke on Tuesday, March 9 at 3 p.m. at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C.