Baseball Splits NEC Doubleheader With Long Island

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University junior Kyle Birdsall (Milford, Conn.) hurled a complete game shutout in the second game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader to earn a split with Long Island in the twin bill played at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Long Island took the first game, 9-0, before Quinnipiac responded with a 5-0 win against the Blackbirds in the second game. Quinnipiac stands at 5-6 in the NEC while Long Island is now 6-9 in league play.

Mickey Amanti's (Wateford, Conn.) hot streak at the plate carried over to the doubleheader as the Bobcats shortstop was 5-for-6 with two RBI on Saturday. For the series, Amanti is 9-for-11 with six RBI. In the first game, Amanti was the only Bobcat with multiple hits, turning in a 2-for-2 day. In the second game, Amanti was 3-for-4 with a two-run double. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) was also 3-for-4 with a two-run single in the second game. Freshman Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the second game.

Birdsall, however, was the man of the hour as he held Long Island to four hits over seven innings for the complete game to improve to 2-3 on the season. Birdsall struck out five, and walked four . After a double by Derek Stupski in the second inning, Birdsall gave up just one hit the rest of the way, a single by Derek Walsh in the top of the sixth inning. After putting a pair of runners on base in the third, Birdsall sat down eight straight through the sixth.

Quinnipiac sophomore starting pitcher Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) took the hard-luck loss in the first game on Saturday after a pair of errors accounted for five unearned runs as LIU took a 5-0 lead after the first inning. Cinelli pitched into the third inning, when he gave up his only earned run of the afternoon after getting two LIU batters out. He was lifted in favor of Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.). Lamacchia gave up three runs on four hits over 4 1/3 while walking two and striking out two more.

Long Island's Adam Sauter picked up his first win of the season to improve to 1-5 in the first game. Sauter held Quinnipiac scoreless through seven innings for the complete game win, while walking two and giving up five hits.

Quinnipiac and LIU will wrap-up their series 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".