HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost both games of a Northeast Conference doubleheader against Mount St. Mary's, 5-2 in nine innings and 8-3 in seven. With the two losses, Quinnipiac drops to 1-14 overall and 1-2 in the NEC while Mount St. Mary's improves to 6-12 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) posted a three-hit day across both games for the Bobcats, spraying two hits in the first game, while posting a 1-for-2 outing in the second half of the twinbill. Nisson scored once in the first game. Nisson and Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) accounted for both runs in the first game, while Chris Migani's (Orange, Conn.) lone hit of the first game drove in both players. In the second game, Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) was 1-for-3 with two RBI, while Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) managed a pair of hits.
In the first game, Quinnipiac starter Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) threw six innings of shutout ball, scattering seven hits. He retired the first batter he saw in the top of the seventh inning before giving up a single to Shane Eyler. Josh Winter then followed with his first homerun of the season to tie the game. The homerun ended the day for Cinelli, who gave way to freshman Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.). Winter drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th inning, scoring Josh Fields. For Mount St. Mary's, Brady Feigl started for the Mount, and gave up two runs in the fifth inning. Feigl was dealing for most of the game, scattering seven hits and striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings. He would get the no-decision in the game, as he left before the Mount tied the game.
Mike Matta picked up the win on the mound, holding Quinnipiac scoreless and hitless over the final 3 2/3 innings while striking out two. Winter finished the day 3-for-4, while driving in three of the Mount's five runs.
In the second game, Quinnipiac starter Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) had a rough outing, giving up six runs, three earned, on nine hits over the first 2 2/3. He was lifted from the game in favor of freshman Alex Russow (Milford, Conn.) who gave up two runs on six hits while striking out four over the last 4 1/3 innings. The Mount tallied eight runs on 15 hits in the game.
After plating a run in their first at-bat, the Mount scored four times in the second inning. , and once more in the third inning. They also pushed two more across in the top of the fifth inning to take an 8-0 lead before Quinnipiac got on the board in the bottom half of the inning.
In the fifth, freshman Alex Soucy (Manchester, Conn.) and junior Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) both walked to start the inning. Migani hit a ground ball to the shortstop, who retired Bartlett at second base. Soucy advanced to third and Migani was able to beat out the throw to first base. Monack then followed with a triple to left field, scoring both runners for two of the Bobcats' three runs. Poletsky then singled up the middle to score Monack with Quinnipiac's third run of the game.
The Bobcats will go for the split when they host Mount St. Mary's for the fourth and final game of the series on Sunday, March 28 at 1 p.m. at the QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.