Baseball Falls To Central Connecticut State, 7-5, In 12 Innings

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Central Connecticut State, 7-5, in a 12-inning Northeast Conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 14-27 overall and 10-18 in the Northeast Conference while CCSU improves to 23-17-1 overall and 15-9 in conference play.

Quinnipiac trailed, 5-1, heading into the bottom of the 8th inning before plating four runs to force extra innings against the Blue Devils. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) snapped a 0-for-15 skid in the 6th inning when he lined a triple to the right-center field gap. Along with the three-bagger, the senior centerfielder had a double and a pair of singles for the day. Farina also scored two of Quinnipiac’s five runs, including its first of the game and first of their eighth-inning rally. His four hits on the afternoon were a season-high, his sixth four-hit performance of his career. He now sits just six hits shy of Ryan Rizzo ’07 for second place on Quinnipiac’s all-time hits chart.

On the mound, Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) took the hard-luck loss after Mitch Wells’ third home run of the series broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the 12th. Siciliano spun 4 2/3 innings, holding Central Connecticut State to three hits. Siciliano entered into the game in the eighth inning with runners on second and third and no outs and pitched out of the jam. Siciliano also pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th inning. Kyle Birdsall (Milford, Conn.) started the game for the Bobcats giving up four runs on six hits while striking out five over the game’s first six innings. Only two of the four runs allowed by Birdsall were earned, coming on home runs by JP Sportman and Sean Miller-Jones.

For Central Connecticut State, Josh Ingham improved to 2-1 on the year after slamming the door on Quinnipiac, holding the Bobcats scoreless over the final 4 2/3 innings on five hits while striking out eight batters. Harry Glynne started the game, holding Quinnipiac to a run on four hits over seven innings pitched. At the plate, Pat Epps, Danny Hickey,  Sportman and Miller-Jones all had two.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, May 3 when it travels to Amherst, Mass. to take on the University of Massachusetts in a non-conference game at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac will play its final home game of the season on Thursday, May 5 when it hosts Fairfield at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field.