Photos of QU-MSM Game
HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team opened their Northeast Conference schedule with a convincing 9-1 win against Mount St. Mary's in the first of a four-game series at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. With the win, Quinnipiac picks up their first of the season as they improve to 1-12 overall and 1-0 in the Northeast Conference. The loss is the Mount's seventh straight, dropping them to 4-12 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Senior pitcher Mike Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.) threw his second-straight nine-inning performance, this time picking up the complete-game win. Oskandy scattered seven hits over nine innings while striking out five and walking one as the Mount crossed the plate just once on the day. Oskandy improves to 1-2 on the season.
"I tip my hat to [Mike] Oskandy," head coach Dan Gooley said. "I just think he was really good out there today. The most impressive thing was his control, and his ability to control every at-bat. That was an unbelievable pitching performance."
At the plate, the Bobcats were led by a solid offensive attack that accounted for 12 runs on nine hits. Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.), who entered the game in the midst of a 1-for-15 slump to open the year, was 1-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored. Bartlett also drew a pair of walks in the game. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.), who missed the last six games with an injury, bounced back with a 2-for-4, two-RBI afternoon. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) also collected a pair of hits, while also driving in two runs and scoring twice. Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) was 3-for-4 for the day.
The Bobcats struck early, when Bartlett was hit-by-a-pitch to start the bottom of the first. After Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) flew out to center, Monack blasted an offering from Mount St. Mary's starter Costa Kapothanasis to the fence in the right-center field, moving Bartlett to third base. Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) hit a hard groundball to short, scoring Farina and moving Monack to third base. Guerino delivered with a single up the middle to score Monack and give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Oskandy was nearly untouchable. Outside of a single through the right side of the infield by 2009 NEC Player of the Year Shane Eyler, Oskandy struck-out four of the eight batters he saw in the first two innings. Oskandy held Mount St. Mary's scoreless, on four hits, through six innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, Quinnipiac tagged the Mount for five runs to put them out-in-front, 7-0. Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) led off the inning with a single to right field, before Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) also singled. After Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) dropped down a bunt and beat the throw for a single, Kapothanasis walked Bartlett to force home Nisson. After Farina popped-up, Monack pulled the ball down the right field line, scoring Amanti and Ullrich. After Poletsky ground out and Guerino walked, Migani hit a line drive to the base of the face in right-center field, scoring Monack and Bartlett to give Quinnipiac a 7-0 lead.
In the seventh, Kyle Kane led off the inning with a line drive to center field before moving to second base on a wild pitch. Eyler followed with his second hit of the day, moving Kane to third. Mike Quaranta then hit a double-play ball to third, scoring Kane, but was able to beat the throw on the turn.
The Bobcats tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning as Ullrich drove in Migani before Bartlett drove in Ullrich.
The Bobcats and Mount St. Mary's will meet again on Saturday, March 27 for a pair of seven-inning games set to begin at 12 p.m. The two teams wrap-up their NEC series on Sunday, March 28 with a single, nine-inning game set for 1 p.m.