CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Boston College, 6-1, in a non-conference match-up at Shea Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The loss sends Quinnipiac to 10-26 on the year while Boston College improves to 24-17.
Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) and Ryan Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) had two hits apiece, to account for four of the Bobcats six hits in the game. Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) drove in Ullrich with the Bobcats only run of the game in the top of the ninth inning. Freshman George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) gave up five runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits over four innings while striking out five. Todd DeFrancesco (North Haven, Conn.) came on in relief, scattering three hits over the final three innings while giving up one run.
Boston College struck early, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Matt Hamlet struck for the Eagles first run before being driven in by John Spatola. Spatola scored on a single by Matt Watson. They scored three more runs in the fourth inning when Spatola walked and Watson singled up the middle, moving Spatola to third. Mike Sudol reached on an error, allowing Spatola to score. A sacrifice bunt By Brad Zapenas scored Watson before a triple by Garrett Smith scored Sudol.
DeFrancesco came in for Dummar in the fourth inning, giving up a lead-off double to Hamlet to start his relief outing. He retired the first two batters he faced before walking Watson. He then got Sudol to ground-out to first. DeFrancesco retired the next five batters he faced before Mickey Wisdall singled to right field, and then stole second base. DeFrancesco was able to defuse the Eagles' scoring threat, getting Spatola to pop out to end the inning.
In the eighth, DeFrancesco walked Watson to start the inning, who left the game in favor of Matt McGovern as a pinch runner. After DeFrancesco picked McGovern off, he gave up a solo home run to Andrew Lawrence to give Boston College a 6-0 lead.
In the top of the ninth, Ullrich led off the inning with a single up the middle. Pinch-hitter Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.) also delivered with a single through the left side of the infield, moving Ullrich to second base. It was the only trouble that Boston College starter Dane Clemens had on the afternoon. Clemens gave up six hits over 8 2/3 for the day, while striking out seven. He struck out Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) and Farina before walking Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) to load the bases. Clemens then walked Poletsky, forcing Ullrich home with Quinnipiac's only run. Brazis came on to get the last out of the game and his sixth save of the season.
Quinnipiac returns to Northeast Conference play this weekend when they take on Monmouth in a four-game series on the road. The Bobcats and Hawks will play a nine-inning game on Friday, April 30 at the Monmouth University Baseball Field in Long Branch, N.J. at 3 p.m. The two teams square off in a pair of seven inning games on Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m. before wrapping up the series with a nine-inning game on Sunday, May 2 at 1 p.m.