CARY, N.C. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Duke, 5-0, in a non-conference match-up at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C. The loss drops Quinnipiac to 0-5 on the year while Duke improves to 9-3. The Bobcats managed eight hits in the game, while Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) had his fourth multiple-hit game out of five games played, while sophomore Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) also collected a pair of hits.
Poletsky leads the team through its first five games with nine hits in his first 18 at-bats for a .500 batting average. The third-year third baseman has two hits in four games this year. Nisson, who played sparingly in his first year with Quinnipiac, has started all five games for the Bobcats behind the plate. Nisson has two hits in back-to-back games.
The Bobcats threatened throughout the game, but failed to plate a run. Duke pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning, before also scoring in the third and seventh. For the Blue Devils, Jeremy Gould was 2-for-4 with a three-run in the first inning for his first long ball of the year. Jake Lemmerman and Will Piwnica-Worms both scored twice for Duke.
Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) picked up a hit, while Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) and Ryan Ullrich (Woodbrige, Conn.) also had hits against the Blue Devils. On the mound, Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) started for Quinnipiac, and took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits over the first four innings. After giving up the three-run homer to Gould in the first, Birdsall battled out of several jams over the next three innings before Duke struck for another run in the third inning when Mike Carroll's triple scored Piwnica-Worms.
Freshman Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) relieved Birdsall, and pitched masterfully over two innings. Lamacchia held Duke hitless, while walking two batters, and holding the Blue Devils scoreless. Lamacchia has allowed one earned run on five hits over 3 1/3 innings in two appearances so far this season. Alex Russow (Milford, Conn.) pitched the final two innings, allowing one run on three hits.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Wednesday, March 10 when they take on Virgina Commonwealth at 3 p.m. at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia.