HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Fairfield, 15-1, in a non-conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 14-29 on the season while Fairfield improves to 16-22 on the year.
Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) and Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) each had a pair of hits in the loss. Amanti pushes his season total to a team- and career-best 57 hits and his career total to 194. The senior shortstop needs just six more to become the eighth player in Quinnipiac history to record 200 career hits. Guerino has now hit safely in six consecutive games, while also stringing together his third straight two-hit performance. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) also collected a base hit for his 234th of his career. He now trails Ryan Rizzo ’07 (238) for the second most hits in program history.
A 12-run sixth inning by the Stags doomed the Bobcats after freshman right-handed pitcher Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) held Fairfield to three runs over the game’s first five innings. Fabrizio scattered six hits, while all three runs came in the third inning. After Fairfield got to freshman reliever David Grande (Cromwell, Conn.) and junior Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.), Kevin Adler (Marietta, Ga.) came on to close the flood gates.
Adler got off to a rocky start when Fairfield’s Tucker Nathan turned on Adler’s first offering and drove it over the right field fence for his fourth home run of the year. Adler settled in and retired the next 10 batters to come to the plate to end the game.
For Fairfield, Nathans was 3-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored while Ryan Furbeck, Ryan Plourde and Larry Cornelia all had two hits. Cornelia drove in two runs while Mark Skrapits drove in three. Brian Comiskey hurled the first three innings of the staff day, holding Quinnipiac scoreless on one hit, to improve to 1-1 on the year.
Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow when they travel to Smithfield, R.I. to take on Bryant University for a four-game Northeast Conference series. The Bobcats and Bulldogs will play a nine-inning game on Friday, May 6 at 3 p.m., followed by a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday, May 7 at 12 p.m. before wrapping-up the series on Sunday, May 8 at 12 p.m.