SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Bryant University, 9-4, in a Northeast Conference match-up in Smithfield, R.I. The Bobcats and Bulldogs were scheduled to play two seven-inning games before two lightning delays that halted the first game twice, subsequently postponing the second game until 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, which will be followed by a nine-inning game. Quinnipiac is now 10-20 in the Northeast Conference and 14-31 overall while Bryant improves to 14-11 in NEC play and 24-22 overall.
Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) had his fifth straight two-hit game, while also driving in a run, to become the first player since current Quinnipiac assistant coach Tim Binkoski in 2007 to record five consecutive multiple-hit games. That season, Binkoski broke the Quinnipiac single-season (81) and all-time hit records (245). Guerino also has the Bobcats’ longest active hit streak, at eight games, during which he is hitting .520 (13-25).
Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored while Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) picked up his 237th career hit. Farina now trails Ryan Rizzo ’07 for the most hits in Quinnipiac history. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) also drove in a run with his only hit of the game in the Bobcats’ four-run sixth inning.
Bryant struck for five runs in the first inning, and added another run in the second, to take a 6-0 lead through the first two innings of play. The Bulldogs then tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning to knock Quinnipiac starter George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) from the game. Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.) cooled the Bryant hitters’ bats with 2 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out one.
Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) and Amanti both walked to lead-off the fifth inning before Migani’s groundball by Bryant’s shortstop scored Palmer from second base. Nisson then lined a two-strike offering to right field to score Amanti before Joe Poletsky’s (Riverside, Conn.) ground ball to second base was misplayed, allowing the senior third baseman to reach and load the bases. Guerino then singled the opposite way to bring Migani home before Nisson scored on a wild pitch.