HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Bryant, 15-11, in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats fall to 14-35 overall and 13-15 in the NEC while the Bulldogs improve to 31-21 overall and 22-6 in conference play.
Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) and Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) each had a pair of hits in the loss. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI single while Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) was 2-for-5 with a three-run homerun.
In the bottom of the third inning, Carino turned on the first pitch he saw of his first at-bat of the game and drove the ball down the right field line for a double. After Amanti ground out to second for the second out the inning, Farina drove a 1-and-1 offering from Peter Kelich to the left-center field gap to put the Bobcats on the board, 1-0. The hit was Farina's 67th of the year, the fifth highest single-season total in Quinnipiac history.
In the top of the fourth, Bryant opened the inning with three straight singles by Jordan English, Jeff Vigurs and Nick Campbell to load the bases for Dylan Stone. Stone lined Quinnipiac starter Derek Lamacchia's (Whitestone, N.Y.) fastball on the outside part of the plate to left field, scoring English with the tying run. Vigurs gave Bryant a 2-1 lead when he scored on a wild pitch by Lamacchia, with Campbell moving to third. After Zakary Cianciolo walked, Jamie Skagerlind's groundball through the right side of the infield scored Campbell and Stone to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead. Lamacchia retired Tim Norton, before walking Mike Delponte to load the bases. It ended the freshman hurler's day in favor of junior Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.J.). Kevin Brown followed with a line-out to right field that scored Cianciolo and moved Skagerlind to third. Rinaldi struck out English to end the Bryant threat with the Bulldogs leading, 5-1.
In the fifth, Bryant batted around again, tagging Rinaldi for seven runs on eight hits before he was lifted in favor of freshman Alex Russow (Milford, Conn.). Vigurs and English each had doubles off of Rinaldi, with English's scoring two runs to knock Rinaldi from the game. Skagerlind and Norton each had run-scoring singles while Delponte's single drove in two runs. Russow gave up a hit to Vigurs to score English as Bryant took a 13-1 lead in the fifth.
In the sixth, Amanti led off the inning with a single just inside the third base bag before scoring on a double to right-center field by Farina, his second of the day. Farina went to third on a single by Monack before scoring on Joe Poletsky's (Riverside, Conn.) single on a pop-up to shallow center field.
After Bryant got one of the runs back in the top of the seventh, Quinnipiac plated three runs across to trim Bryant's lead to eight runs, 14-6. Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) started the rally with a single to right field before Kelich retired Ullrich and Carino. Amanti singled to move Guerino to third with two outs. A pair of errors by Bryant's shortstop accounted for Guerino's run before Monack drove in Farina and Migani to make the score 14-6.
After Tim Norton's solo homerun in the eight, Quinnipiac put up five runs, capped off by a two-out, three-run homer by Jeff Carino that bounced off the right-center field fence. Quinipiac managed five hits in the inning.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, May 18 when they host the University of Connecticut for its final home game of the 2010 season. First pitch at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. is scheduled for 3 p.m.