March 4, 2011
Baseball Splits Season-Opening Doubleheader Against Marshall
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team split
a non-conference doubleheader against Marshall at the Coastal
Carolina Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Bobcats won their
season-opener, 8-3, before dropping the second game of the twin
bill against the Thundering Herd, 8-3. Quinnipiac goes to 1-1 on
the season while Marshall goes to 4-4.
Farina (Waterford, Conn.) had a pair of hits in both games
Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) drove in three runs and scored two
more in the first game.
In Game 1, Kyle
Birdsall (Orange, Conn.) got the decision on the hill for the
Bobcats while Anthony
Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) picked up a save. Ben
Farina (Waterford, Conn.) and Gabe
Guerino (Orange, Conn.) both collected two hits while Chris
Migani (Milford, Conn.) drove in a pair of runs. 2010 All-NEC
third baseman Joe
Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) and freshman designated hitter Zak
Palmer both drove in runs in the win. In all, every Quinnipiac
batter collected a hit as the Bobcats' offense rapped out 12 for
the afternoon. The win marks the first time since the 2008 season
that the Bobcats open the year with a year, after Quinnipiac
defeated Davidson, 15-10, on Mar. 8, 2008.
Birdsall was tagged for three runs in the second inning, only
two of which were earned. Birdsall picked up the victory after he
scattered six hits over six innings pitched while striking out
five. The Bobcats bounced back from a 3-0 deficit when they tacked
on a run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Amanti walked and
then stole second base. Farina drilled a ground ball through the
left side of the infield, moving Amanti to third base. Migani's fly
ball to left field was deep enough to score Amanti as the Bobcats
pulled within two runs, 3-1.
After the first two Thundering Herd batters reached base to start
the sixth, Birdsall got Nathan Gomez to pop to left before Gray
Stafford flew out to right center. Birdsall struck out Victor Ramos
to end the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, the Bobcats'
bats erupted for six runs to take a 7-3 lead through the sixth. Kyle
Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) led off the inning with a single up
the middle before moving to second base on a passed ball. After Mike
Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) struck out, Palmer collected his
first collegiate hit and RBI when he singled up the middle to score
Nisson from second base.
Guerino singled through the left side of the infield, moving Palmer
to second base. After freshman Mike
Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) walked to load the bases, Amanti
singled up the middle to clear the bases to give Quinnipiac a 5-3
lead. Amanti's hit chased Marshall reliever Jesse Fernandez in
favor of James White. White walked Farina before Migani's
groundball back to the mound scored Amanti. After Farina advanced
to third base on a passed ball, Poletsky lined a single up the
middle to score Farina and give Quinnipiac a four-run lead, 7-3.
Amanti drove in another run in the seventh inning, scoring
Blumenthal, to give Quinnipiac a four-run lead.
Cinelli came on in relief of Birdsall in the seventh inning. The
senior right-handed pitcher stymied the Marshall offense for the
final three innings as he picked up his first save of the season.
Cinelli retired the first three batters he faced before walking
Victor Gomez to start the eighth. Cinelli got the next Thundering
Herd batter to fly out before inducing a ground ball for the double
play. Cinelli gave up his first hit with one out in the ninth
inning before retiring the last batter of the afternoon to secure
In the second game, Farina, Migani, Poletsky and Bartlett all
collected two hits while Amanti, Farina and Migani accounted for
the Bobcats' three runs. Derek
Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) took the loss after giving up
three runs - including two unearned - on six hits over the first
five innings. Spencer
Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) came on in relief and gave up two runs on
three hits. Andrew
Rinaldi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) pitched the final two innings,
holding Marshall to one unearned run on one hit while striking out
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, March 5 when they face
Ball State at 7 p.m. at Coastal Carolina's Watson Stadium/Vrooman
Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C.