HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost both games of their Northeast Conference doubleheader to Central Connecticut State University, 4-0 and 6-1, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. With the losses, Quinnipiac drops to 10-17 in the NEC and 14-26 on the season while CCSU improves to 22-17-1 overall and 14-9 in conference play.
Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) and Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) had a hit in each game while freshman Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) was 2-for-3 in the second game while also driving in the only run of the day for the Bobcats.
In the first game, Nisson, Bartlett and Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) were the only Quinnipiac hitters to record hits as Blue Devils hurler Dave Krasnowiecki improved to 4-3 on the season after holding the Bobcats scoreless on three hits while walking three and striking out six batters. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) reached base twice, drawing a walk in each of his last two at-bats. George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) pitched six solid innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four.
For CCSU, Mitch Wells and Pat Epps were both 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Wells’ also blasted his first home run of the season. Tyler McIntyre also drove in two runs with a double.
In the second game, CCSU starting pitcher Nick Nuemann took a perfect game into the fifth inning before giving up two-out hits to Palmer and Bartlett. Nuemann, who retired the first 14 batters he faced, struck-out Bobcats’ freshman Nick Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) to end the inning. Guerino led off the sixth with a hit, but was retired when Nuemann got Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) to ground into a double play. In the seventh, Nisson led off the inning with a single before moving to second on a ground ball off the foot of Nuemann that resulted in a 1-5-3 putout of Migani. After Joe Poletsky’s (Riverside, Conn.) ground-out to second moved Nisson to third base, Palmer’s ground ball through the right side of the infield scored Nisson with Quinnipiac’s lone run of the day.
For Central Connecticut, Jake Matuszak was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Dylan Delacruz also collected two hits. Sean Miller-Jones was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the second half of the doubleheader.
Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut conclude their four-game series on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field. Prior to the start of the game, Quinnipiac will honor seniors Mickey Amanti, Mike Bartlett, Kyle Birdsall, Ben Farina, Matt Keough, Joe Poletsky and Andrew Rinaldi as part of Senior Day.