Baseball Beats Long Island, 9-5

HAMDEN, Conn. - Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn) was a triple short of the cycle as part of a 4-for-5 day that included a homerun, double, four RBI and two runs scored as the Quinnipiac University baseball team defeated Long Island, 9-5, in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats improve to 4-5 in the NEC while Long Island goes to 5-8 in league play.

Amanti's four hits are a career-best, while his four RBI's match a personal single-game best for the third-year player. Amanti is the first player to drive in four runs in a game since Brian Monack did it against Monmouth on May 8 last season. It is the second time that Amanti has driven in four runs, following a four-RBI effort against Sacred Heart as a freshman. Amanti now trails Monack by one game for the most multiple-RBI games this season. Amanti has had five multi-RBI appearances, while Monack sits at six. Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) extended his team-, season-best hitting streak to eight games with a pair of hits, while Joe Poletsky turned in his team-best 11th multiple-hit game of the season.

Mike Oskandy (Bethel, Conn.) improved to 2-4 on the season after holding Long Island to three runs on six hits over eight innings pitched while striking out a career-best eight batters.

Oskandy retired the first four batters he faced before walking Chris Kievit. Kievit was then gunned-down attempting to steal second base by sophomore catcher Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) before Oskandy struck out Drew Stupinski to end the second inning. In the third, Oskandy gave up a one-out homerun to Tito Marrerro, his third of the season, to give Long Island a 1-0 lead. Gerard Tingos, who ranks among the NEC leaders in several offensive category, stroked his only hit in five at-bats on the day with a double to right field. After Albert Faz singled, Tyler Jones drove home Tingos to give Long Island a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third.

The Blackbirds' short-lived lead was their only one of the game as the Bobcats struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Ironically, the inning started with Amanti being retired for the only time in the game. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) doubled over the head of LIU's center fielder and moved to third base on a passed ball. After the next batter was retired, Poletsky drove Farina home with a single to center field. After Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) hit a line drive to right field for a base hit, he attempted a steal and purposely got in a run-down, allowing Poletsky to steal home with the tying run.

In the fifth inning, Amanti singled and Farina walked to give Quinnipiac a pair of baserunners. Poletsky picked up his second hit of the day, giving him a team-leading 11 multiple-hit games this season, as he drove in both runners to give Quinnipiac a 4-2 lead. It was also Poletsky's fourth multiple-RBI game.

After Long Island got a run back in the top of the sixth, the bottom half of the inning saw the Bobcats push across four runs to take an 8-3 lead. Ryan Ullrich (Woodbridge, Conn.) drove in Guerino, who led off the inning with a double, before Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) slapped a pinch-hit single on the first pitch he saw. Amanti then hit his second homerun of the season, and fifth of his career, on a line over the left field fence to bring around three more runs. Amanti also singled home Nisson in the eighth inning to give Quinnipiac a 9-3 lead.

Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) relieved Oskandy in the top of the ninth. Long Island was able to put a little pressure on the Bobcats, scoring two runs on a sacrifice fly ball by Tingos and an RBI-single by Kievit. Rinaldi was able to settle in and retired two of the final three batters in the inning.

Quinnipiac and Long Island play again on Saturday, April 17 at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The two teams are scheduled for a pair of seven-inning games before coming back on Sunday, April 18 for a single, nine-inning game at 1 p.m. Sunday will also be Katie Vashon Day. The game will be played in remembrance of the popular Quinnipiac Sports Information dedicated employee who passed away suddenly in 2005. Vashon's sororiety, Phi Sigma Sigma, will also hold a bake sale to benefit "Camp Sunshine".