May 11, 2010

Farina Extends Hit Streak To 18 Games In Baseball's 5-2 Loss To UMass

Photos of QU vs. UMass Game

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost a non-conference match-up to the University of Massachusetts, 5-2, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats drop to 14-31 on the season while UMass goes to 17-23.

Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) extended his team-best hit streak to 18 games with a 3-for-5 day, that also included a stolen base. The streak is the longest at Quinnipiac since last season when Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) had a 19-game hitting streak as a freshman. Farina also became the seventh player in Quinnipiac history to reach 65 hits in a season and trails current assistant coach Tim Binkoski's record of 81 hits in 2006. In addition, Farina elevated his career total to 174, good for 14th place all-time at Quinnipiac and 13th in the Bobcats' Division I era.

Ryan Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) was 3-for-4 in the game while Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Freshman Ray Buckley (Bethel, Conn.) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. On the mound, Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.) held UMass to two runs on six hits over six innings pitched before giving way to Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.). Mammele took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits.

UMass took an early lead when Rich Graef singled to right field to start off the inning. After he stole second, h moved to third on a single to left center by Eric Fredette. He scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly ball to right field by Matt Gedman. The Minutemen tacked on another run in the third inning when Fredette roped his second single in as many at-bats. After Gedman's chopper up the middle was misplayed, he moved to second as Fredette when to third. Brian Baudinet's sacrifice fly to right field scored Fredette to give UMass a 2-0 lead after three.

Castodio shut down UMass over the next three innings, retiring three straight in the fourth, before stranding two runners in the fifth. He then struck out the side in the sixth inning before Quinnipiac got to UMass starter Ben Hart in the bottom of the sixth, tying the game with a pair of runs.

Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) walked to lead-off the inning before Migani dropped a bunt down the third base line that he beat out for an infield single. Guerino sacrificed both runners into scoring position before Buckley hit a towering drive to center field to score Poletsky. Hart walked Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.) before giving way to Glen Misho. Misho bounced a pitch to Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) that allowed Migani to sneak home with the tying run.

Mammele came on to pitch in the top of the seventh and retired the first four batters he faced into the eighth inning. He then gave up a single to Mike Gedman before getting Peter Copa to hit a double-play ball to short. Copa beat the throw on the back-end, before stealing second. Glen Glashoff then hammered an offering from Mammele just inside the third base bag, scoring Copa with the go-ahead run. Mammele walked Brian Kessel before he was lifted in favor of Rinaldi. Rinaldi was able to strike out Alex Fischer to end the inning. UMass struck for two more runs in the top of the ninth before Leif Sorensen pitched a scoreless bottom half of the inning for his fifth save of the season.

Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend when it hosts Bryant University in a four-game, Northeast Conference series at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats and Bulldogs square-off on Thursday, May 13 at 3 p.m. for a nine-inning game, followed by a pair of seven-inning games on Friday, May 14 at 12 p.m. They close out their series on Saturday, May 15 at 12 p.m. with a nine-inning game.