Baseball Falls To Monmouth, 12-6, In Final Game Of NEC Series

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Monmouth, 12-6, in a Northeast Conference match-up played at the Monmouth University Baseball Field in West Long Branch, N.J. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 11-29 overall and 10-10 in the NEC while Monmouth improves to 20-19 overall and 13-11 in conference play.

With Bryant, who sits in first place in the NEC standings at 15-5, ineligible for postseason play, Sacred Heart (12-8) hold the first seed, followed by Wagner (11-9) in second. Monmouth (13-11) are in third, followed by Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State tied for fourth at 10-10.

Sophomore first baseman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) blasted a two-run homer in the eighth inning for his third round-tripper of the season. Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with a RBI double, while Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) and Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) also drove in runs. Bobcat starter Alex Russow (Milford, Conn.) took the loss after the Hawks offense tagged him for seven runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings. Russow drops to 2-2 on the season.

Quinnipiac jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) walked with two outs before scoring on a RBI double by Poletsky down the right field line. Migani followed with a single to the right-center field gap to score Poletsky and give the Bobcats a two-run cushion. In the second, Ryan Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) singled with two outs through the left side of infield before Bartlett drove him home with a line drive to right field.

Monmouth scored seven times over the third and fourth innings to take a 7-3 lead. Jamie Rosenkranz homered for the third time in the four-game series to cap the Hawks' scoring surge in the fourth. Monmouth tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning as a result of two Quinnipiac errors as they jumped out to a 10-3 lead.

In the seventh inning, Bartlett doubled down the left field line for his second hit of the afternoon. Bartlett scored on a ground ball by Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) to third base that was thrown away. Monmouth accounted for the run when Rosenkranz's single up the middle scored two more runs as the Hawks pushed their lead to eight runs, 12-4.

In the eighth, Monack led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield, but was retired on a ground ball second base by Poletsky, who managed to beat out the back-end of the attempted double play. After Migani flew out, Guerino turned on an offering from Dan Smith, that ended the Monmouth starter's day. Neil Harm slammed the door on the Quinnipiac offense, spinning 1 1/3 innings of hitless, scoreless baseball.

Quinnipiac returns to action with a pair of doubleheaders against Fairleigh Dickinson next weekend. The Bobcats and Knights will play a nine-inning game, followed by a seven-inning game on Friday, May 7 at 12 p.m. On Saturday, May 8 they will square-off again for a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning game, also at 12 p.m.