May 21, 2010

Baseball Swept By Wagner, 4-3 and 7-3

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) and Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) had three hits each, but the Quinnipiac University baseball team was swept by Wagner, 4-3 and 7-3, in a Northeast Conference doubleheader, Friday afternoon at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. With the losses, paired with a Monmouth win, the Bobcats (14-38, 13-18 NEC) have been eliminated from NEC Tournament contention. The Seahawks (24-29, 16-15 NEC) have clinched a spot in the NEC Tournament.

On the afternoon, Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.), Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) and Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) also added two hits apiece. Poletsky had two doubles and two RBI.

Nisson had two RBI singles and Migani added a pair of hits and an RBI in Game 1, but the Bobcats were edged by Wagner, 4-3.

Jon Lucas took the win for Wagner, going 4.1 innings, while allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks. He struck out four. David Rees took his sixth save of the year, his second of the series, with two innings of relief. He allowed a hit and a walk without surrendering a run, striking out one. Kyle Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) took the loss, going the distance while allowing four earned runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck out one.

The Seahawks scored two in the first, two more in the second, and the four runs were enough for Lucas and relievers Ryan Van Spronsen and Rees. Damian Csakai doubled, followed by a Brian Martutartus triple and a Lucas RBI groundout to give the Seahawks a 2-0 lead in the first.

After a double by Migani and a single from Nisson got the Bobcats on the board, Quinnipiac gave two runs back to Wagner in the bottom of the second. Birdsall induced a pop-up from Kevin McDonnell toward Poletsky at third base. But the Bobcats' third baseman lost it in the sun and it dropped for a lead-off single. Tommy Higgins delivered McDonnell with a double, before moving to third on a sacrifice bunt from Jared Gruccio. Higgins scored on a Gaby Ramirez sacrifice fly to make it 4-1 Wagner.

The Bobcats chipped away with a run each in the fourth and fifth innings, but couldn't muster the game-tying run. Poletsky doubled to lead off the fourth, before scoring on a Migani single up the middle. In the fifth, Monack reached on a one-out fielding error by the Seahawks' shortstop, and moved to second on a Poletsky walk. Nisson contributed his second RBI of the game with a two-out single to score Monack.

Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) took the Game 2 loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk in 3.2 innings pitched. Andy Wells earned the win, allowing three earned runs on seven hits without walking a batter. He struck out three. Rees struck out two and walked one in the seventh to close out the win.

Much like Game 1, the Seahawks again wasted no time jumping out to a lead in Game 2. Csakai again doubled to lead off the bottom of the first and scored on an Avella single. Wagner added another in the third and two more in the fourth.

The Seahawks scratched across an unearned run in the third, due in large part to a fielding error to lead off the inning. After Ramirez reached on the error, he moved to second on a Csakai bunt and scored on a Martutartus single. In the fourth, four straight singles to open the inning resulted in two runs scored by McDonnell and Higgins. Cinelli was relieved by Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) with two outs, and after giving up a single that did no harm on the scoreboard, Lamacchia got out of the inning by inducing a groundout.

The Bobcats got three runs back in the sixth on four straight base hits. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) tripled with one out, while Farina followed with an RBI single. After a Monack single, Poletsky doubled home two runs. But Poletsky was thrown out at third, trying to stretch the play into a triple and the rally was stopped with the Seahawks clinging to a 4-3 advantage.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Seahawks got all three runs back. After the Bobcats recorded the first two outs, a walk and four straight singles resulted in three runs. Csakai walked, advanced two bases on a throwing error and scored on a Martutartus single. Lucas, Avella and Boyd also singled in succession to buoy the rally.

The Bobcats and Seahawks conclude their four-game series tomorrow at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. The nine-inning game is scheduled to begin at noon.