Baseball Splits NEC Doubleheader With Bryant

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team split a Northeast Conference doubleheader against Bryant University, losing the first game, 5-0, before bouncing back with a 5-2 win in the second game. The Bobcats close-out their NEC schedule with an 11-21 mark in conference play while they move to 15-32 overall. Bryant goes to 26-23 overall and 15-12 in the Northeast Conference.

Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) managed one hit in the doubleheader to tie Ryan Rizzo ’07 for the second most hits all-time at Quinnipiac. The hit, his 238th, came in the Bobcats’ five-run third inning of the second game. Farina scored the game-tying run in the inning before Quinnipiac went on to plate three more runs for the victory. Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) improved to 4-5 on the season with a masterful nine-inning complete game. Lamacchia gave up two runs in the first inning but settled in to hurl eight shutout innings. Lamacchia retired 19 of the final 20 batters he faced in the afternoon as he allowed one hit over the final 6 2/3 innings.

Mickey Amanti’s (Waterford, Conn.) lone hit of the doubleheader drove in two runs while Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) and Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) both collected a pair of hits and drove in a run. Nisson also had a hit in the first game for a team-best three for the afternoon. Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) was 3-for-4 in the nightcap.

Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) took the loss in the first game after allowing five runs on nine hits over six innings for the complete game. The Quinnipiac bats were quiet for the first game of the day, as Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.), Nisson and Nicolas Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) were the only Bobcat batters to muster a hit in the loss.

In the second game, Bryant jumped out to an early lead as they plated two runs in the bottom half of the inning. In the fifth, Bartlett singled with one out to start the rally as six straight batters delivered hits. Farina and Palmer both followed with singles to load the bases before Amanti lined the first pitch of the at-bat through the left side of the infield to score Bartlett and Farina to tie the game. Migani then doubled down the left field line to score Palmer as Amanti moved to third. Nisson then drilled the first pitch he saw of the at-bat to left field to score Amanti before Joe Poletsky’s (Riverside, Conn.) sacrifice flyball to right field scored Migani to give Quinnipiac a 5-2 lead. The RBI was the 101st of Poletsky’s career.

The Bobcats close-out the 2011 season with a two-game, non-conference series at Niagara on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. Both games are scheduled for nine innings, and both will begin at 1 p.m. at Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls, N.Y.