FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Fairfield, 7-3, in a non-conference game played at the Stags' Alumni Baseball Field in Fairfield, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 3-21 while Fairfield improves to 12-14.
Quinnipiac senior Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) drove in two of Quinnipiac's three runs as part of his 3-for-4 outing that included a two-run double for the afternoon. Monack leads the Bobcats with six multiple-RBI games. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) scored the game's first run for the second straight day while also posting his fourth multiple-hit game in his last six games played. Amanti was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) also drove in a run, while Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) scored the Bobcats' third run. Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) was 2-for-4 for the day. Gabe Guerino (Orange, Conn.) also had a hit in the game, extending his hit streak to five games. Guerino and Amanti are both neck-and-neck for the longest active hitting streak with five.
On the mound, Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) took the loss after allowing seven runs, four earned, on seven hits over five innings pitched. Birdsall struck out four while walking two. Birdsall let up a run in the bottom of the first inning before retiring the next seven batters.
After Jason Rago reached on an error to lead-off the fourth inning, Birdsall gave up a single to Anthony Hajjar before Marco Gamella blasted his second homerun of the year to give Fairfield a 4-1 lead after four innings.
On Saturday, Gamella was 3-for-4 with three RBI. He matched those numbers on Sunday, going 2-for-4 with four RBI as he drove in half of Fairfield's 14 runs over the last two days. Gamella drove in Rago with a double in the fifth inning as well. Garamella and Carmine DeVito scored a pair of unearned runs in the inning as well to push the Stags' lead to five runs at 6-1.
Quinnipiac freshman Alex Russow (Milford, Conn.) came on in relief for Birdsal in the bottom of the sixth inning. Russow held Fairfield scoreless, on two hits, over three innings while striking out two. Russow pitched out of jams in all three innings. Fairfield's Sam Robertson picked up the win after allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out five over eight innings. Dan Urbanovich pitched the ninth, holding Quinnipiac scoreless on two hits.
The Bobcats are back-in-action on Tuesday, April 13 when they host Rhode Island at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field.